REPORT: Central Kenai Peninsula; June 30
While last week continued the between run blues, things are definitely improving. The rivers and streams of the Kenai Peninsula definitely produced fish, but anglers had to do some work to get them. No doubt, the best spots last week were the Russian and the Kasilof rivers. Likewise, the area lakes continue to produce consistent catches of trout and char. Overall, it was a good week to be on the Kenai Peninsula.
The Kenai River continued to struggle during this last week of the early run. There were definitely fish to be had and the sonar began its annual climb toward the late run. From Wednesday on, the counter was over 300 fish per day with more than 600 entering the river on Sunday the 29th for a cumulative count of 14,858. While the early run total number seems to be fairly average, the exploitation/harvest was particularly below average.
The one jewel for the Kenai River drainage this week is the Russian. Limit catches were reported frequently. The weir count as of the 29th is 23,269 with over 1,000 fish per day passing the weir. It seems that this run is very similar to last year, only later, as is many other things related to the fishery.
Once again the Kasilof was relatively productive, however it still took some effort to limit the boat. Don Drury, of Drury Fishing, reported a great week with fish catches every day. He indicated that this last week produced some nice sized fish as well, ranging between 30 and 40 pounds.
The sockeye fishing on the Kasilof is also looking very good with an above average start. The last two years produced very good returns and this year is on pace to repeat that once again.
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