There's been alot written and debated recently, and over the years, regarding the quality of the Kenai River Chinook salmon fishery. This year seems to be considerably more difficult and controversial, given the apparent low returns of both the early- and late run Chinook. I suspect the discussion will continue long after the normal August 1 closure.
So here's my suggestion: Post your thoughts, ideas, recommendations, proposals, and musings on how the BoF, ADF&G, and the people of the State of Alaska can improve the Chinook salmon fishery. This could include both ER and LR, the quality or quantity of the fish, the quality of the fishery, bag limits, size limits, location of the deadline, open/closed seasons, etc. The only rule (non-enforceable) is that you cannot criticize, pass judgement, or negatively comment on someone else's suggestion. We're just brain-storming for discussion purposes. But it's okay to include a justification for your ideas.
So here are my initial thoughts:
Expand Drift Boat Monday to Drift Boat Weekends in June and July. There would be fishing from DB's only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in June and July. Fishing from motorized sleds would be allowed Tues - Thurs, in June and July. Normal river transportation via motorized boat would still be okay at any time. A quieter river is a better river.
Mandatory release of any Chinook salmon over 45 inches. This eliminates possibility for another world record Chinook in the Kenai River; and refocuses the effort on a quality fishery, not just large (read "world record") Chinook. Les Anderson would be forever memorialized.
Move the fishing boundary farther downstream to reduce the fishing pressure on mainstem spawners.
Maintain the daily bag limit (1) and seasonal limit (3) when the stocks are strong enough to sustain the harvest.
Eliminate the use of bait unless the stocks exceed the upper end of the biological escapement goal.