From the outlet of Kenai Lake downstream to approximately river mile 80.7 at the head of Princess Rapids; a person may not sport fish from a boat if a motor has been used to propel that boat within those waters.
This was posted in an ADF&G news release. Now the regulatory language may clear this up but as written this would say that if you ever used a boat in the area you could never fish from it. There is no time limit - does it mean if you used it yesterday you cannot use it today? Last week, last year?
I have always wanted the BOF to pass the regulatory language not intent language so the public has a clear understanding of what is being passed. This is a prime example. I would suggest that the BOF take a 30 day break before they pass anything. The actual language can be prepared and given back to them. We use to do this in the 80's and early 90's but lately the BOF has not required this of the staff. It is doable.
I am sure some residents of Cooper Landing think that this applies if you used that boat with a motor at all - for the whole season. The use of motors is allowed in this area because some of the residents use their boats to go up to the lake and downsteam to their homes from the boat launch.
Just thought it was another example of a regulation that confuses the public and even ADF&G put the news release out without really thinking about it. A protection officer picked up on it and asked the question about time frame.