Ak Fishing News: Bait Allowed for Kenai River Early Kings
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From an ADFG News Release:
Due to sufficient numbers of early run king salmon entering the Kenai River, anglers may fish with bait from a point approximately 100 yards downstream of the confluence of the Moose and Kenai rivers, beginning 12:01 a.m., June 12, 2007.
All other Kenai River special provisions, methods and means, and bag and possession limits remain in effect. Anglers may use only one single-pointed hook. Anglers may keep only those king salmon that are less than 44 inches in length or that are 55 inches or greater in length. All other king salmon must be released immediately.
The “Kenai River and Kasilof River Early-Run King Salmon Management Plan” directs the Department to achieve a spawning escapement goal of 5,300-9,000 king salmon. The 2007 harvest has been low compared to previous years. The Department is currently projecting a total in-river run of early-run king salmon of approximately 12,000 to 17,000 fish and a spawning escapement in excess of the upper end of the escapement goal.
Under these circumstances, the management plan directs the Department to liberalize the fishery to increase the harvest of king salmon by allowing the use of bait in the mainstem of the Kenai River. The Emergency Order issued on June 11 will allow the use of bait in the Kenai River from a point 100 yards downstream of the confluence of the Kenai and Moose rivers, to the mouth of the Kenai River.
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