Bait Allowed For Kenai River Early Run King Salmon Fishing Beginning June 1

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Due to sufficient numbers of early run king salmon entering the Kenai River, anglers may fish with bait from a point approximately 100 yards downstream of the confluence of the Moose and Kenai rivers beginning 12:01 a.m., Sunday, June 1, 2008.

All other Kenai River special provisions, methods and means, and bag and possession limits remain in effect. Anglers may only use one single-pointed hook. Anglers may keep only those king salmon that are less than 46 inches in length or 55 inches or greater in length. All other king salmon must be released immediately.

The “Kenai River and Kasilof River Early-Run King Salmon Management Plan” directs the Department to achieve a spawning escapement goal of 5,300-9,000 king salmon. The Department is currently projecting a total in-river run of early-run king salmon of approximately 11,000 to 19,000 fish and a spawning escapement within the escapement goal.

Under these circumstances, the management plan directs the Department to liberalize the fishery to increase the harvest of king salmon by allowing the use of bait in the mainstem of the Kenai River. This Emergency Order will take effect on June 1, and will allow the use of bait in the Kenai River from a point 100 yards downstream of the confluence of the Kenai and Moose rivers, to the mouth of the Kenai River. END

For additional information contact Robert Begich, Area Management Biologist, (907)262-9368.