Fish on! The Department of Fish and Game says the Kenai River has reopened to sockeye salmon fishing. 

Officials say the river has achieved the sustainable escapement goal (SEG) of 700,000 to 1,200,000. Effective Thursday at 12:01 a.m., ADF&G is restoring the bag limit of three fish per day, six in possession. 

Fish and Game closed the Kenai River on August 4 due to low sockeye salmon returns. The restriction was put in place to protect returning fish and future fishing opportunities. 

As of August 20, Fish and Game said 926,917 salmon have passed the department's sonar at river mile 19.

“With sockeye passage exceeding 900,000 we’re glad to be able to return an opportunity for folks to fish for sockeye as the season winds down,” said Sport Fish Cook Inlet Management Coordinator Matt Miller.

Fish and Game want to remind you this does not affect sockeye salmon fishing in the waters of the Upper Kenai and Russian River confluence. Those waters are managed for Russian River sockeye stocks and closed to the retention of sockeye salmon by regulation on August 20.

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