June 18, 2010
BAIT ALLOWED FOR KENAI RIVER EARLY RUN KING SALMON FISHING BEGINNING JUNE 19
Sufficient numbers of early run king salmon have entered the Kenai River to allow anglers to fish with bait from a point approximately 100 yards downstream of the confluence of the Moose and Kenai rivers beginning 12:01 a.m., Saturday, June 19, 2010.
All other Kenai River special provisions, methods and means, and bag and possession limits remain in effect. Anglers may only use one single hook. Anglers may only keep king salmon that are less than 46 inches in length or 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 department is currently projecting escapement goal will be achieved and the increased liberalization will not reduce the spawning escapement below the optimal 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. This Emergency Order will take effect on Saturday, June 19, and 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, downstream to the mouth of the Kenai River.