The sockeye salmon bag limit for sports fishermen has been increased on the Kenai River. Starting at 12:01am tomorrow (Saturday, July 20), the bag and possession limit for salmon 16 inches or longer, except for king, pink and coho salmon, in the Kenai River downstream of Skilak Lake will be increased to six per day, twelve in possession.
The ADF&G projects the Kenai River sockeye salmon late run will exceed 2.3 million, prompting this closure. As of July 18, the escapement was at 822,103. The Department says their optimal escapement goal is 700,000 – 1,400,000 sockeye salmon.
Last year, 1,581,555 sockeye escaped. For comparison, at this time last year, 528,722 late-run sockeye passed the counters.
The Department continues to ask fishermen to respect riverbank regulations and restoration projects.