Kenai dipnetting opens Wednesday

 Fisherman dipnetting on the Kenai River.
Fisherman dipnetting on the Kenai River. (KTUU)
Published: Jul. 9, 2019 at 7:36 PM AKDT
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Kenai dipnetting, a subsistence event that draws thousands -- if not tens of thousands of Alaskans -- each year, opens Wednesday at 6 a.m.

So far, sockeye returns for the late run have been looking better than last year.

Sockeye counts are above last year's at the Mile 19 sonar station. (Data from ADF&G)

King salmon retention has been closed by an

Dippers driving from Anchorage will have to contend with unstable smoke conditions on the Sterling, which have prompted the DOT to issue a warning that drivers should "expect heavy smoke and delays at times" when traveling through Miles 60-75 of the Sterling Highway. They should also carry "extra food and water." Up-to-date highway conditions can be found

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