Does anybody know if there is an agency that counts the number of boats dipnetting on the Kenai River? I am just curious. It would be interesting to know. Also does anyone know why boat dippers are not allowed further out to the mouth? Is this just to keep the dipnetters out of the way of the commercial boats? It would be nice if the boat dippers could spread out all the way to the mouth of the river and maybe beyond. Maybe alleviate some of the congestion.
I have been dipping twice this week on Monday and Wednesday. There were a lot of boats both days with quite a few more on Wednesday. On Wednesday we could see a line to launch boats all day at the City of Kenai launch ramp. There must have been 500+ boats on the river. We decided to get out of the water before low tide and all the boats would be squeezed into less water. We had already been bumped by another boat earlier in the day. Nothing too serious but still.
There are some boats out there on the river that do not belong out there. There are some large swells that are kicked up by all the boat traffic especially when the commercial boats are motoring around too. I just cringe when i see a 14' jon boat with three big dudes in it and a pile of fish. A couple of waves and the boat will be under water. Even worse to see little kids in a dangerous situation.
The launch ramp was very busy but manageable. It would be nice if people did not tie up on the end of the dock and then just sit. I make sure that we always have a capable boat driver and a capable truck driver that can back up a trailer. I wait out in the river until i see my trailer backing down and then i scoot in and onto the trailer, then get out of there.
Hopefully everyone stays safe out there and everyone has some patience. It is going to be a crazy weekend. I am glad to have my fish and sit back and watch on the weekends. I will try to help some other get some fish next week.