Drift gillnet fishing in the Expanded Kenai and Expanded Kasilof Section of the Upper Subdistrict of Cook Inlet will be opened tomorrow, Saturday July 13, from 10am to 10pm.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says at this point they’re on track to meet the Sustainable Escapement Goal for late-run Kenai River Kings. As of July 11, they estimate 25 percent of the King run has passed through the system, resulting in 2,252 fish. If the run continues as expected, it will result in a total of 14,500 to 17,500 Kings through the river. That falls close to the SEG of 15,000 to 30,000 fish.
Sockeye escapement in the Kasilof is already at 223,000 and in the Kenai they’ve counted 109,000. The high numbers have prompted the Department to open drifters as a tool to slow the rate of escapement while reducing interference with King Salmon.
***Please note the opening times are now 9am to 9pm***