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    June 23, 2014
    RUSSIAN RIVER SANCTUARY TO OPEN TO FISHING AND RUSSIAN/UPPER KENAI RIVER SOCKEYE SALMON BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS TO INCREASE, TUESDAY, JUNE 24
    The Russian River Sanctuary area will be open to sockeye salmon sport fishing beginning at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 24th. There is a map of the area on page 51 of the 2014 Southcentral regulation booklet.
    Also, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, the daily bag limit will increase to six (6) sockeye salmon and the possession limit will increase to twelve (12) sockeye salmon in the Russian River and a section of the mainstem Upper Kenai River. This area extends from Skilak Lake upstream to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards upstream of the public boat launch at Sportsman’s Landing and the Russian River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G marker located approximately 600 yards downstream from the Russian River Falls. Anglers are reminded that they may possess only the limit allowed for the waters they are actively fishing. If a Russian River angler has more than six sockeye salmon in possession, then that angler may not fish in waters with a possession limit of six.

    Through noon on Monday, June 23, over 26,000 sockeye salmon have passed the Russian River weir. Using early and average run-timing to project out the run through July 14, the Department has determined that the early-run sockeye salmon biological escapement goal (BEG) of 22,000 – 42,000 sockeye salmon will likely be exceeded.


    Anglers are reminded to remove fish carcasses whole, or gutted/gilled from the Russian River clear water. If you clean your catch, take fish to the mainstem Kenai River cleaning tables located at the confluence and ferry crossing to fillet and chop-up sockeye salmon carcasses into small pieces and throw the pieces into deep, flowing waters. Please keep all personal belongings, including stringers of fish closely attended. Please respect the riverbank restoration projects and stay on the established pathways in the Sanctuary area, campground areas, and Russian River ferry area.
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    Where's the best place to park to fish the sactuary? We fished the Russian for the first time last week, but have not fished the sanctuary yet. It looks like there might be better access from the highway side. I was just looking at Google street view, and it looks like there's a big parking lot with a sign that says Kenai-Russian River Access. Would it be best to take the ferry across or fish the highway side? It looks like quite a long walk from the farthest parking lot at the Russian River Campground.

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    You won't want to fish the highway side on this first run, as all the fish will be stacked on the far side as they follow the clear water into the Russian. The highway side at that point in the river is only a viable option during July and August during the second run. The easiest way is to take the ferry, followed by parking in the grayling parking lot at the campground and walking down.

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    if you can find a parking spot...good luck. the ferry is the shortest route to the sanctuary. Be prepared to wait for hours.

    Enjoy..sure some hiking would pay off if heading up the russian..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckhunter01 View Post
    if you can find a parking spot...good luck. the ferry is the shortest route to the sanctuary. Be prepared to wait for hours.

    Enjoy..sure some hiking would pay off if heading up the russian..
    Which is why I never bother with the lower river. I enjoy the walk and find far less people in the upper stretches of the river. Closest I've fished to someone this year at the russian has been about 100 yds.
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    Another option is to either drive up the left lane around everyone in line or take the second Russian River entrance and park in the overflow lot. Pay $4 for overflow parking, hop on a bike with your gear in a backpack and ride down to one of the riverside parking lots or up to the falls. You will be fishing while others in front of you are still in line.

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    I've never fished the Russian hoping to take the ferry across but what is the fee is it a round trip fare also from where the ferry crosses is the sanctuary the best place to actually land fish? Doing a midnight run and want to capitalize on time. Thanks for any tips!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_mcginty View Post
    I've never fished the Russian hoping to take the ferry across but what is the fee is it a round trip fare also from where the ferry crosses is the sanctuary the best place to actually land fish? Doing a midnight run and want to capitalize on time. Thanks for any tips!!

    Parking at the ferry - $11.25
    Ferry ticket - $10.50, you get a ticket, they hole punch it when you board to cross, use hole punched ticket to ride back across.

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    Thanks Dan good to know

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_mcginty View Post
    Thanks Dan good to know
    You're welcome.
    Also keep in mind the ferry runs from 6am to 11pm only. If you're doing a midnight run be careful you don't get stranded on the sanctuary side if you are on a time crunch.

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    Oh man is that the best fishing my buddy was saying either side should get us fish and we don't get stuck

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    You can get fish either side if you work hard enough at it. If you are worried about time I would definitely try to get into the campground parking and walk down to the water. You can access the sanctuary from there too.

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