King season on the Kenai extended?
Anyone hear if they are extending the season for kings past July 31st?
Wouldn't hold my breath for that one.
That EO would only be issued if the escapement (in-river return minus harvest) were projected to exceed the upper end of BEG 35.7K.
So far ADFG optimistically estimates that 36K have passed the sonar. Thru about 7/20, roughly 5K kings had been harvested. I was told by ADFG a few days ago that about 500 kings a day have been harvested since then. So now we're talking about a harvest-to-date approaching 10K.
That leaves an escapement of only 26K to date. The likelihood of getting another 10K-plus kings past the counter in the next few days seems unrealistic. Especially so given the near-certainty of sockeye contamination in the chinook estimates. The precautionary approach would favor letting the season run it's usual course thru 7/31.
"Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone."
The KeenEye MD