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  • Where do you dipnet on Kenai?

    I have not dipped the kenai and was wondering where it is you go to do this on that river that is best for getting fish? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I know I should put this in the dipnetting forum, but a lot more people seem to come onto this board here. Thanks in advance.
    Never count your days, but rather, make all of your days count.

  • #2
    Here's a spot

    I usually go on the west bank of the river, just downstream of the Warren Ames Bridge.

    -Mike
    Michael Strahan
    Site Owner
    Alaska Hunt Consultant
    1 (907) 229-4501

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    • #3
      Fish with a thousand of your closest friends

      If you'd like to fish about a thousand other like-minded people; go through the city of Kenai; it doesn't matter if you come from the "Y" in Soldotna or come from the K-Beach Road side, turn left and go through Kenai... go past the Carrs/Safeway, go through a couple of stop lights and you'll see an espresso stand with a ridiculously huge electronic sign on the left, keep going a few more blocks until you come to Spruce St. Turn left and follow to the bottom of the road... there's the "Kenai Side" of the mouth of the Kenai River. There's a fee you'll have to pay and you should be prepared to hike your catch through the sand, that's where you should exercise some inginuity and make or puchase a wagon that has some pretty big tires for pulling through the sand... you're gonna lose your happy thoughts once you're done fishing and have to hike everything up to the road again so be prepared to spend some time rolling up. I personally, enjoy bank dipping as opposed to boat dipping just because you get to feel the fish more and socialize with fellow anglers. But once the fish start hitting, socializing turns to laughter and the nice dry coat sleeves turn to sopping wet logs and you can do is smile at your fortune... not the same from a boat.
      "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit is better than he who takes a city." ~ Proverbs 16:32

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      • #4
        Amen. . .

        Exactly what Back Country Robb said. . .

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        • #5
          I tried boating it for the first time this year, and I'm not yet sure which I prefer. The fish weren't in, so I can't really compare the two. I'll agree that dipping from the shore is probably more fun because of the socializing, but it is pretty darn nice to dipnet in shorts and sandals with a cooler full of cold sodas. If only there had been some fish there!

          -Brian

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          • #6
            Dittos to what Back Country Rob said. I think it's been 5 years now we've made a family trip of it. You definately need help cleaning and moving fish when they are in. We keep our coolers up by the drop off point, and the kids pull the fish up on snow sleds. 3-4 fish at a time isn't that much weight, and having the fish cleaned and iced when I'm done dipping is the way to go.

            I can put up with the crowds when dipping, the folks seem to be a friendly bunch, especially with a good run
            Those that are successful in Alaska are those who are flexible, and allow the reality of life in Alaska to shape their dreams, vs. trying to force their dreams on the reality of Alaska.

            If you have a tenuous grasp of reality, Alaska is not for you.

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            • #7
              I think more people should dip at the mouth of the river!

              We're lucky to live near the river. We hand launch our little boat and dip from it. It is very convenient to get home with a cooler of fish that are filleted, vac packed and frozen within hours of their aqueous removal.
              Repeat after me: Placement. Bullet. Caliber.

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              • #8
                Kenai Keeper

                If you do decide to dip from shore; the biggest complaint about dipping the mouth is losing your place...

                If you hit Trustworthy Hardware in Soldotna or Mt. View Sports in Anchorage, you can pick up a Kenai Keeper (stack up to about 30 reds on it before getting out of the water) you'll definately enjoy your shore dipping more due to staying in the water and not losing your place. I may be overstepping the posting lines by promoting my own product; but seriously, I've never had one returned or a complaint about it. Simply; it's a combat fishing stringer and game hanger that does wonders for an angler/hunter. PM me if you want more info.
                Last edited by Back Country Robb; 12-13-2006, 22:43. Reason: Location Definition
                "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit is better than he who takes a city." ~ Proverbs 16:32

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                • #9
                  No matter if you dip from shore or out of a boat you will find plenty of company. If you decide to dip from shore by the city launch ramp, WATCH OUT AS THE MUD IS VERY DEEP. It is very dangerous and not worth it. I have 2 boats but I like to dip from shore accross from kenai. You can drive right down to where you are fishing. As for dipping from a boat its not bad unless you have to launch at the city ramp. During peek times its more than an hour wait to launch and another hour when you come in. Its fun to watch but its not for me. One other thing that you need to know is if you wait until the Daily News reports that the reds are in, You are too late because by then they are having an Emergency Opening for the Gillnetters. And they will sweep it clean in a matter of hours. Its a good idea to check for Gillnet openings before you drive all the way to Kenai.
                  Dip Netting is a lot of fun and its a great way to put a lot of tastey fish in the freezer, just make sure that you check for the Gillnetter openings before you go.
                  good luck and good fishing
                  A CLOSE CALL IS A FREE LESSON

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                  • #10
                    Yes!

                    Good call!

                    907-262-9611 Is the commercial hotline and will let you know counts and openings (got it on speed dial on the cell and home phone). Excellent remark about the set-gillnets. My personal opinion is that those things need to cut in population dramatically. The only reason that I say that is that escapement counts shot off the charts in the valley just days after they pulled the setnets from cook inlet (when they shut down the Kenai river). I hadn't seen them until this year when I was driving K-beach road from the Kenai to the Kasilof and I pulled over... needless to say the amount of nets in the water was flabberghasting and I remember thinking to mysef "Gosh, no wonder there isn't any fish".

                    I don't think that the set nets should come out alltogether but the number of nets out there will make you wonder how fish get by at all.
                    "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit is better than he who takes a city." ~ Proverbs 16:32

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                    • #11
                      Agree with backcountry rob about the number of nets.....lots of kings and silvers picked up as "by-catch" as well. Be sure to watch the proposals for the board of fish. Right now the managers have to leave a window...a time when no nets are in the water, of 36 hours from Friday night until Saturday night. This should insure there is a strong Pulse of fish into the river. Only when the managers deviate from the Cook Inlet Management plan do they close these windows. Encourage your legislators to support all Board of Fish members who insist the Dept of Fish and Game follows the management plan.....especially with regard to windows which create a reasonable expectation that we non-commercial fishermen have a chance to harvest some fish whether by net in the PU fishery or by rod and reel. Calling the number you gave is a very good idea as you just never know when the commercial guys will get another "emergency" opening.

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                      • #12
                        Buzz-words, buzz-biology. . .

                        Originally posted by gusdog44 View Post
                        Agree with backcountry rob about the number of nets.....lots of kings and silvers picked up as "by-catch" as well. Be sure to watch the proposals for the board of fish. Right now the managers have to leave a window...a time when no nets are in the water, of 36 hours from Friday night until Saturday night. This should insure there is a strong Pulse of fish into the river. Only when the managers deviate from the Cook Inlet Management plan do they close these windows. Encourage your legislators to support all Board of Fish members who insist the Dept of Fish and Game follows the management plan.....especially with regard to windows which create a reasonable expectation that we non-commercial fishermen have a chance to harvest some fish whether by net in the PU fishery or by rod and reel. Calling the number you gave is a very good idea as you just never know when the commercial guys will get another "emergency" opening.
                        First, there is no such thing as "by-catch" in a mixed-stock fishery as is Cook Inlet. The fishery is managed for sustained yield with all stocks taken into consideration. "By-catch" is a buzz-word.

                        Second, there are many area ADF&G biologists who believe the "windows" noted above actually increase the gill-nets harvest of king salmon by not allowing the nets to most advantageously harvest the reds when they are thickest.

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                        • #13
                          Perhaps it would be correct to say that current and retired ADF&G commercial fish biologists are opposed to windows. Its not a conservation or species protection issue....it is a greed issue. Commercial fishermen "own" the resource and are outraged at any personal harvest of their fish.

                          When a fishery is targeted on Sockeye, the processors are set up for Sockeye and Chinook and Coho have very little commercial value I would be inclined to think the Cook Inlet is a Sockeye fishery and any other species is caught un-intentionally which would meet the definition of by catch.

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                          • #14
                            Correction. . .

                            Originally posted by gusdog44 View Post
                            Perhaps it would be correct to say that current and retired ADF&G commercial fish biologists are opposed to windows. Its not a conservation or species protection issue....it is a greed issue. Commercial fishermen "own" the resource and are outraged at any personal harvest of their fish.

                            When a fishery is targeted on Sockeye, the processors are set up for Sockeye and Chinook and Coho have very little commercial value I would be inclined to think the Cook Inlet is a Sockeye fishery and any other species is caught un-intentionally which would meet the definition of by catch.
                            It's simply not fair to accuse any one user group of greed or of being "outraged." That sort of nonsense can be claimed by any one group against another.

                            No, there is no such thing as by-catch in a mixed-stock fishery. All species are accounted for and targeted.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gusdog44 View Post
                              Commercial fishermen "own" the resource and are outraged at any personal harvest of their fish.
                              Oh, how I love being told how I feel. No, I'm not a salmon fisherman, but I long-line and have been accused of this very same thing when talking about halibut. Of course, I've never had a thought even remotely similar to this cross my mind, but others know how I feel better than I do. It keeps issues much simpler when accusations are used in place of fact or reasonable discourse.

                              -Brian

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