Fish and Game Opening Setnetting Near Kasilof This Afternoon

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced that they’re opening setnetting in a portion of the Kasilof Section of the Upper Subdistrict within ½ mile of the mean high tide mark on the Kenai Peninsula shoreline from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

Pat Shields, commercial fisheries biologist with the Soldotna office of Fish and Game told us that the estimated daily passage of sockeye salmon in the Kasilof River today was 7,100 fish for a cumulative passage of approximately 190,000 fish.

In addition, an assessment of area beaches has also revealed that sockeye salmon are present throughout the entire Kasilof Section.

Shields said that escapement of sockeye salmon into the Kasilof River is proceeding at a rate greater than that needed to assure optimum escapement levels, and with the Kenai River sockeye salmon total return levels are not yet known, fishing with set gillnets only in the Kasilof Section within ½ mile of shore is warranted.

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