Uncertain Salmon Numbers Prevent 24 hour Dip Net Period

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has said based on numbers so far, the Kenai River dip net fishery will remain between the hours of 6am to 11pm this weekend.


Sportfishing Managment Biologist Robert Begich…


Begich: “Going forward with the liberalization, 24 hours, any increased bag limit, there’s two criteria to meet, one is that the run is greater than 2.3 million, the Kenai total run, and that we will determine we will meet the optimum escapement goal of 700, 000 to 1.4 million; we know one piece of it but the other piece we don’t know.” 


He also reminded anglers of yesterday’s emergency orders for king salmon fishing.


Begich: “Effective tonight at the stroke of midnight, 12:01 am, Saturday July 26, the Kenai River will close the sport fishing for king salmon, in addition all salt waters in Cook Inlet, north the latitude of Bluff Point will close to king salmon fishing and at the Kasilof River it’s single hook, no bait, catch and release for king salmon effective Saturday, July 26.” 



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  1. rose 25 July, 2014, 20:28

    I hope you mean dip netting is open 6am to 1100pm. I just looked at emergency orders and didn’t see any changes

  2. Sharob 25 July, 2014, 21:43

    Well I see the setnetters are still fishing

  3. Tim 26 July, 2014, 06:58

    It’s time they start charging for a dip net permit.

  4. Snowangel 26 July, 2014, 09:02

    Rose, I think the headline implies they will open 24 hour dipnetting on the Kenai if there are enough fish. They just aren’t sure yet.

  5. icyalaskan 27 July, 2014, 15:30

    So let me see if I have this straight: The Kenai River is no longer catch & release for kings. It’s no catching kings at all. So if the guides and their clients fish the same holes for silver salmon or red salmon, using bait or whatever is legal means, and “oopsy!” they happen to catch a king, they then release it. (Maybe after a quick photo.) So, really it’s still catch & release for kings, and Mr. Begich saying it’s closed is actually a way, through regulation, to shut down the east side set netters from fishing for any species, period. Nice work from Mr. Begich and his pals, Mr. Penney and the Board of Fish.

  6. Buzzard 27 July, 2014, 18:53

    Everyone should know by now that this a commercial fishery, run for the big money guys from Washington and Oregon. Mr. Begich will always step on the little guy, {sport fishermen and set netters} before he will reign in the real problem with the fish numbers { DRIFT BOATS } that close off the mouth of the Kenai with their nets because that is where the BIG money is. He learned his methods from MARK BEGICH ! Voter beware !

  7. Catie Quinn 28 July, 2014, 05:31


    We can’t say anything for certain, but the feeling from ADF&G was that a 24 hr opening is not in the future. Things ALWAYS change, but they did not increase their expectations for the red run and are (for right now) going to continue with the openings currently in place.

  8. Catie Quinn 28 July, 2014, 05:33


    Set netters have been closed. Set netters in the Kenai/East Forelands sections have only had three fishing periods all year.

  9. Boar 28 July, 2014, 07:06

    Robert Beigch should have closed the Kenai River to ALL fishing of King Salmon starting July 1. Thus the ESS would also be closed.

    The sonar sockeye counts are way off on the Kenai River……………they are counting pinks!!!!

  10. Sharob 28 July, 2014, 07:20

    The setnetters are not closed the are fishing in the mouth of k as silof riverright now and have been for over a week

  11. Catie Quinn 28 July, 2014, 07:25


    All set netting for Kenai River fish has been closed. The Kasilof River is a separate fishery and has likely exceeded the upper end of its upper escapement goal, since the weekend numbers haven’t yet been updated.

  12. Sharob 28 July, 2014, 07:41

    The kasilof is right next to the kenai during high tide the kenai run of fish runs right up the beach by the kasilof the kasilof has not exceeded it upper escarpment and the setnetters have been catching very large reds and anybody that has fished the kasilof should know it’s reds are smaller there has been some very large kings caught in the setnetters net too, for example one net 10 kings four under 40 pounds the rest over that

  13. Sharob 28 July, 2014, 07:45

    And by the way catie quinn they have been fishing that area since last Friday with less than one day off so the weekend has nothing to do with it

  14. Catie Quinn 28 July, 2014, 07:53

    No offense intended, ma’am, I was simply meaning that I don’t yet have the records of how many fish they caught over the weekend.

  15. Jake 28 July, 2014, 09:15

    Sharon you are completely wrong the bulk of the kenai fish do not run right outside the Kasilof river, they actually go north of nikiski and run down the north beach where nobody has fished all summer!

  16. Jake 28 July, 2014, 14:55

    Buzzard you are wrong to . The drifters do not block the mouth of the kenai with there nets . The drifters aren’t
    Even allowed to fish near the mouth of the kenai. Drift nets aren’t even that deep and a lot of fish go under the nets.
    Once again your comments are not based on fact or any real knowledge there just an emotional opinion
    From a disgruntled sports fisherman

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