Talked to staff today and the early run Kenai chinook forecast has been met at 1/3 of the way into the return. This is a perfect example of why forecast should not be used for management. They are historically poor and one reason the emergency order authority requires in-season information. Age composition data again shows a large percentage of small fish.
The Guide Association met with staff (not sure if KRSA was present) and wants the netting program stopped in the Kenai because a few kings will be killed. This is just nonsense. There is no way to get a total count without the netting program. Even with all the flaws it is important to keep it going to see how it tracks the weir data. Without the netting program there is no age composition data or total return estimate (only fish larger than 750mm).
The weirs run by the USFWS are in and operating - fire did not stop them.
The ND escapement at Deshka is also doing well and the commercial fishery may go back to 12 hours for the next period. That is yet to be decided.
The Kenai River early run may go to catch and release fishing because of the strength of the return. If that happens Kasilof PU fishery may not be restricted.
The Anchor River is closed to king salmon fishing.