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    Just talked to Troutfitters as I was planning to float the Upper Kenai this weekend and supposedly they just received word that Kenai National Wildlife Refuge would be closed due to Government Shutdown. It sounds like this affects public and private fishing from Kenai Lake to the Keys.

    The Government Shutdown is one thing....but taking away fall fishing on the Kenai!

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    You can still launch at the Kenai Lake boat launch, which is state owned and pull out at sportsman's, which is state owned but privately contracted. The state owns the water.
    Your bait stinks and your boat is ugly

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    Thanks for the info, FishGod! Looks like I will still be floating the Kenai as I was trying to figure out the boundaries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    You can still launch at the Kenai Lake boat launch, which is state owned and pull out at sportsman's, which is state owned but privately contracted. The state owns the water.
    Is this the case? I've heard other wise in regards to Sportys being open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franken Fish View Post
    Is this the case? I've heard other wise in regards to Sportys being open.
    Yup, just reconfirmed it
    Your bait stinks and your boat is ugly

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    So I guess a Sportys to Bings Float might be in order! Might be a fun camping trip! Might just be nice and quiet!
    Piscor Ergo Sum

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    Don't forget to check the wx before you go... http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...ecret-message/
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    I floated the upper Kenai yesterday Friday, 4 October from the bridge to Jim's. There were also probably 12 other boats on this section. I didn't get a good look at Sportsman's because we swung into the Russian confluence. Jim's was wide open and busy near sunset as most of us stayed on the water as long as possible.

    The fishing was a bit slow possibly due to the water being off-color? The weather was awesome and the fall scenery beautiful.

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    there was people using Jim's toady when I drove by.

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    The Kenai from the bridge to upper skilak is open for business. Floated it this weekend twice with the rest of the world.

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