Lower Kenai, Kasilof River king fishing restricted to catch-and-release only

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Kenai River fishermen will again have to do without keeping a king salmon from the river’s turquoise waters. Starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 18 through the end of the month, anglers may not keep a king salmon while sport fishing on the Kenai River from the mouth of the river upstream to the marker just downstream of Slikok Creek.

While fishing in this downstream part of the river, anglers may only use one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure while sport fishing. King salmon are not allowed to be kept, possessed, or removed from the water, and they must be released immediately. Read the emergency order for the Kenai River here.

As of July 14, Fish and Game says approximately 2,770 king salmon larger than 29.53 inches (mid-eye to tail fork) have passed the river mile 13.7 king salmon sonar.

Likewise, on the Kasilof River downstream of the Sterling Highway king salmon may not be kept while sport fishing. Only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used in those waters while fishing for king salmon as well. Read the emergency order for the Kasilof River here.

The lower Kenai River is in the midst of the dip netting season. A reminder to fishermen that dip netters are not allowed to keep king salmon that end up in their net this year.