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.”