Set netting and drifting in the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area was extended today, and Management Biologist Pat Shields says fishing is likely for East Side Set Netters either tomorrow or Thursday…
Shields: “Good Morning, this is the Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fishing Information Line. This message was updated on Tuesday, July 22nd at 11am. Emergency Order number 31, which was issued yesterday, opened drift gill netting in the Expanded Kenai, Expanded Kasilof and Anchor Point sections today, July 22nd, from 7am until 7pm.
The following are two new emergency orders: Emergency Order 32 extends set gill netting int he Kasilof River Special Harvest Area from 1pm today,July 22nd, until 3pm tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23rd.
Drift gill netting will be extended in the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area from 1pm until 11pm today,July 22nd, and from 5am until 3pm tomorrow, Wednesday July 23rd.
Emergency Order number 33 opens drift gill netting in the Expanded Kenai, Expanded Kasilof, and Anchor Point sections from 7am to 7pm on Wednesday, July 23rd, and from 7am to 7pm on Thursday, July 24th.
East Side Set Netters, we continue to monitor area beaches. Fishing on Wednesday or Thursday is likely. As many of you know, today and tonight’s marine forecast is for south to southwest winds up to 25 knots and seas up to 8 feet. These kind of winds can move fish to the beaches. We will be watching.
Sockeye salmon escapement data for yesterday, July 21 in the Kasilof River: 17,000 for a season total of 349,000. From midnight to 7am, the count was 2,100. In the Kenai River, yesterday’s estimate was 64,000 for a season total of 494,000. From midnight to 7am, the estimate has been 16,000. The Anchor Point test boat had a daily index on July 21 of 76. The north test boat had a daily index on July 21 of 87, and today after fishing three of eight stations, the index is 56.”