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    I am seeking information on the Offshore test fishery to see if a float right below skilak on the Kenai would prove worthwhile next weekend. The OTF number was near 200 on Saturday and down to 6 on Sunday. How would one interpret this? Commercial fishing was closed Sunday. The weir probably has not recorded Saturdays fish numbers yet. Where we dipnetted, at Spruce street, Saturday was dead (about 100 fish per 100 fishermen over 6 hours- and our friends at 3AM Sunday only caught 5)

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    The otf number is the catch of sockeye salmon is one fished 100 fathoms of gillnet for 1 hour. The test fishery takes place on the Anchor Point line so it is somewhat meaningless relative to when fish enter the Kenai. Also, it is a program that averages fish passage rates over time so a single daily high count does not mean very much.

    The program is used to estimate the total return of sockeye salmon to the UCI> The best in-river estimate is the sonar counters and those counts are reported on the web page for UCI - go to ADF&G and then click on the UCI portion of the map.

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    Thanks Nerka, we will see what the weir shows in the next day or two and add 4-5 days for travel to Skilak outlet.

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    On the commercial fishing hotline yesterday they stated that the Otf was significant on Saturday but they weren't doing as good on Sunday stating that they were fishing the "up". I am assuming that maybe they changed fishing locations to gage how many fish were reaching the upper sub district and thus the reason for the lower index. Is this a correct assumption?

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    They are still fishing the same transect. Not sure what up means.

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