The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is opening set and drift gillnet commercial fishing in the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area from 11:00 a.m. on Today, August 1, 2013 until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2013.
Pat Shields, Commercial Fisheries biologist with the Soldotna Fish and Game office said that during the fishing period in the KRSHA, the navigation channel is closed to all commercial fishing with set gillnet gear including nets and anchor lines.
Shields said that the optimal escapement goal for Kasilof River sockeye salmon is 160,000–390,000 fish.
More than 473,000 sockeye salmon are estimated to have passed the Kasilof sonar through July 31. Commercial fishing is occurring in the Kasilof River Special Harvest area in order to slow the passage of sockeye salmon to the Kasilof River.