The Alaska Department of Fish and Game earlier this week moved the regularly scheduled fishing period for commercial setnet fishing in the Kenai, Kasilof, and East Forelands Sections of the Upper Subdistrict from their regular 12-hour period on Monday to a 12-hour period beginning at 8:00 a.m. today.
Pat Shields, Commercial Fisheries Biologist with the Soldotna office of Fish and Game told us that fishing reports indicate reduced numbers of sockeye along the east side beaches. Additionally, the two offshore test fishing indices show low numbers of sockeye salmon within Cook Inlet.
Therefore, moving the regularly scheduled fishing period for the Kenai, Kasilof, and East Forelands Section of the Upper Subdistrict to today is intended to maximize the harvest of sockeye salmon bound to the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.
Fish and Game yesterday also opened driftnet fishing in the Expanded Kenai and Expanded Kasilof Sections of the Upper Subdistrict from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. today and from 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. tomorrow Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Shields said that the passage rate of sockeye salmon into the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers is proceeding at a rate greater than that needed to assure optimum escapement levels.
In order to reduce the rate of passage, additional driftnet fishing time in the area described above is warranted.