There's an op ed in today's Peninsula Clarion titled "The demise of the Kenai River king salmon." (I'll post a link as soon as the Clarion puts the article online and if anyone's interested.)
The article's title is misleading because the author is not talking about Kenai kings in general but rather about "trophy" Kenai kings, which, evidently, is any king over 55".
The article claims that the Kenai's dip-net fishery is currently taking "1000—1,500" Kenai kings annually. Now based on our family's experience with dip-netting the Kenai, those figures seem incredible and vastly overstated.
My questions for Kenai dip-netters: 1) What's your experience, does it seem reasonable to imagine the fishery taking that many kings? 2) How would anyone know for sure? 3) Has anyone ever witnessed a "trophy" king taken in a dip-net?
Thanks . . .