:cool: i know a lot of folks will not like what i have to say here but i feel compelled to say it because i have watched it from day 1. I lived on the mouth of the kenai. the year was 1989 and the exxon valdez and drunken joe had spilled 11 million gallons of thick crude oil into the once pristine waters of prince william sound. commercial fishing was curtailed in cook inlet for fear of contaminated fish ruining alaskas image of top quality commercially caught fish. an over escapement into the kenai and kasilof rivers looked imme:cool: nent, so fish and game decided to open the mouths of the rivers up and give folks a chance to net some of these surplus fish. it was crazy. the fish were thick and netting was easy. only problem was that people liked it and soon began an organized effort to form a new user group. personal use fisheries were already available, but this was so much easier and so much fun! next thing we know all of alaska has the right to come to the mouth of the kenai to get their yearly allottment of sockeyes and even a few kings. alaskans, especially anchorage folks, now come here in droves and their orginazation has even pressured fish and game to not have emergency commercial openings prior to the weekend dipping opener in order to create a stable and predictable fishery for those wishing to drive here from afar and get their share of these reds. to me this is insane. this has made it even more difficult for fish and game to manage the escapement into the kenai because the fish don't always hit the river with our best interests in mind. and I for one tip my hat to fish and game for their amazing performance. with all the pressure from all the user groups we still have steady runs of fish! the chaos that takes place during these openers is heart breaking to me. the garbage, crowds and carnage are hard to watch. standing on the bluff looking over the mouth of the kenai one can only shake their head. how in the world did it ever come to this?