Kenai River dipnetting to close day early
It's the latest piece of bad news for fishermen in Alaska: the Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery is closing a day early.
Tuesday, the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game revaluated the sockeye salmon run and determined it to be lower than expected.
"Sockeye salmon passage by the sonar ar river mile 19 have been behind this season, but other indicators suggested perhaps a late run timing, said Cook Inlet Management Coordinator Matt Miller. "An assessment of the data earlier this week indicated it may be a weak run. Without further restrictions to sockeye salmon harvest, the goal for Kenai River sockeye salmon is not expected to be achieved.
Fish and Game has also reduced bag and possession limits for Kenai sockeyes to one fish per day with two in possession for fish 16 inches or longer. Up to 10 sockeyes per day shorter than 16 inches may still be taken, with 10 in possession.
"Above Skilak Lake, where anglers are primarily targeting Russian River sockeye salmon, the limits remains at three per day, six in possession," Fish and Game officials wrote.
The Fish Creek Personal Use Dipnet Fishery opened by emergency order to dipnetting between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. through July 31. The Kasilof River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week through August 7.
However, the retention of kings at both fisheries is not allowed.
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