Strong runs on Kasilof boost bag limits; Kenai has best single-day run in three years

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - ADF&G put out an Emergency Order bumping up the bag limit for sockeye salmon on the Kasilof River from three to six amidst strong returns.

ADF&G data shows that to date, this year’s escapement of sockeye is the strongest since 2015.

ADF&G shoots for escapement of between 160,000-340,000 sockeye salmon. As of Sunday, July 21, 2019, 231,900 sockeye salmon had passed the Kasilof River sonar site.

Meanwhile, escapement on the Kenai continues to be strong for the popular ongoing dipnet season. Numbers from ADF&G there show that escapement is the strongest since 2016.

As of July 21, 450,796 fish had passed the weir, located at Mile 19 of the Kenai.

That included a 76,650-fish day on Sunday, July 21, the highest single-day fish passage in at least the past three years. Still, it’s nowhere near the single-day records.

“The Kenai can definitely produce 100,000, 120,000 when you go back through the dataset,” said area management biologist Colton Lipka, “But yesterday’s count is a very good count for this year.”

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