Lower Kenai River Coho Sampling Project

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Some Chilkat River coho salmon spawn very late in the year. These fish were actively spawning when this photo was taken on December 29, 2003. Note ice on the backs of fish.The Division of Sport Fish is sampling coho salmon caught in the Lower Kenai River sport fishery. From August 1 through September 30 anglers fishing the Lower Kenai River below the Soldotna Bridge may be asked by Fish and Game staff for permission to sample their coho salmon catches.

A sample requires the angler’s permission for staff to examine coho salmon for the presence of an adipose fin and to pass a hand-held device over the head of the fish to determine the presence of a coded wire tag. Some coho salmon will be sampled for scales and genetic tissue. The information will be used to improve management of Kenai River coho salmon.

The Department would appreciate if anglers will allow the coho salmon they have harvested to be sampled.