ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Kenai River is again open to fishing for sockeye salmon, after the Department of Fish and Game says a sustainable number of salmon made it to the spawning grounds.
The river will open at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, August 23, with a bag limit of three per day. A low return early in the late-run of sockeye caused the department to close early or restrict sport, personal use and commercial fisheries in July and August.
But by August 20, 926,917 sockeye had passed the department’s sonar counter at Mile 19 of the river. The goal set by Fish and Game is between 700,000 and 1.2 million sockeye salmon.
Despite this reopening, the department said the Upper Kenai and Russian River confluence is still an area where anglers are not allowed to keep sockeye salmon, as that area is managed for the Russian River’s escapement numbers. That area closed to the retention of sockeye on August 20.