Kenai sockeye fly fishing extended



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  • Kenai sockeye fly fishing extended

    This is from Alaska Fishing News and is posted by a robot.

    The sockeye salmon season for the Russian River/Kenai River fly-fishing-only area was scheduled to close August 20, but because there are large numbers of sockeye salmon passing the sonar station in the lower river, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will extend the season through 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 4 and increase the bag and possession limit to six salmon. Of the six salmon, only two can be silver (coho) salmon. A total of 6 pink (humpy) salmon may be retained daily in addition to the above limit. This makes the limits for this area the same as the limits set by an Emergency Order issued for the mainstem Kenai River on August 7.

    The season extension applies only to the Kenai River from the ferry crossing downstream to the power line. This is “Area A” on page 31 of the Southcentral Alaska regulations summary. The Russian River itself, and the Russian River Sanctuary Area, which are areas B and C, will close to sockeye salmon fishing as scheduled this Sunday, August 20, at 11:59 p.m.

    More than 238,000 sockeye salmon have passed the lower river sonar station since August 5, and these salmon may be available in the “fly-fishing-only” area after the August 20 sockeye salmon sport fishing closure date.

    The “fly-fishing-only” restriction is also lifted for the season extension. Anglers may continue to use either a single hook unbaited fly, or a single hook, unbaited artificial lure. The gap between point and shank must be 3/8” or less. A single hook has only one point. If beads or other attractors are used, they must be fixed within two inches of the hook, or be free-sliding along the entire length of the line or leader.

    Anglers are reminded that fishing for king salmon, or keeping accidentally-caught king salmon, is not allowed in the entire upper Kenai River. Be sure you know how to identify your catch. King salmon often have a black or dark gumline, while silver salmon have a white or light gumline. King salmon also usually have small black spots on both the upper and lower lobes of the tail fin, while silvers have spots only on the upper lobe of the tail fin.

    If you fillet your fish in the Russian River area, please continue to chop up the carcasses into small pieces and throw the pieces into deep, fast-moving water. It takes just a few extra seconds, and is very easy to do. It reduces the piles of carcasses, which, in turn, reduces the attraction for bears.

    Also because of bear activity, federal land managers continue to enforce their orders that close the area from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., close the area to tent camping, and require that food or trash be in your possession, or within immediate grasp. A locally-available radio station at AM 1600 broadcasts updates for the area, and there is also an informational video playing at the Russian River ferry shack.

    From an ADFG News Release >>>


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