Dwight Kramer posted as an idividual an article in the Clarion on Kenai River chinook and some options for reducing exploitaion rates on large fish and the stock overall. The link is below and I thought people might want to comment.
I will not copy his whole article in because of the copyright issues but his main points are as follows:
undisturbed spawning areas. I would set up four conservation zones. Zone 1 –
- Set up alternating spawning conservation zones on the river to provide
the mouth to Rm19 Slikok Cr. would be open to fishing annually. Zone 2 – RM19
Slikok Cr. to Rm30 Funny R., Zone 3 – Rm30 Funny R. to RM40 Bing’s Landing
and Zone 4 – Rm40 Bing’s Landing to Rm50 Skilak Lk.. Zones 2, 3 and 4 would
be closed to fishing for King salmon in alternating years to provide undisturbed
spawning protection. Additionally, all other existing closed areas would remain in
- Insist that State and Federal agencies responsible for managing this resource develop and employ the most accurate field equipment to enumerate these stocks in both the mainstem and tributary waters. Accurate in-season information is a vital part of insuring adequate escapement objectives.
the slot limit in effect throughout the King season above the Soldotna Bridge.
- Return the slot limit to the pre 2008 measurements of 44in. –55in. and leave
Most of the larger fish are females and this measure would help insure that these
larger fish have a greater opportunity to spawn.
groups should share in this burden of recovery.
- Apply the slot limit regulation to the PU fishery. All in-river user
unguided anglers. This would allow another day of the week where fish could move more freely up-river without outboard disturbance and turbid conditions associated with heavy powerboat use.
- Add a second drift boat day per week that would be open to both guided and
As Kenai area residents we share in the pride of our famous river known mostly for its large King salmon. If we fail to act soon we may further sacrifice the uniqueness of this great resource. We cannot rely on our agencies to do it for us. Their current mandates seem to be more about providing access and opportunity, and less about maintaining the quality of our fisheries. It is incumbent on us as anglers and conservationists to do so for the resource and future generations to enjoy in the same manner we have been afforded.