We had a good day out there on the river today with both trips going down the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Canyon where they were fly-fishing for both Sockeye Salmon and Rainbow Trout. The Sockeye seem to moving through in their usual pods so they are there one minute and gone the next but we are still catching them with a little patience and perseverance.
The current count of Sockeye Salmon past the sonar on the Lower Kenai is reading 21,530 with the water levels at 19 3/4″
Alaska Fish and Game issued 2 important Emergency Orders and Regulation Reminders. One being that they closed King Salmon Fishing on the Kenai today and the other being that they opened the Russian River Sanctuary yesterday. Please look further down for a copied text of the 2 orders.
June 19, 2013
Emergency Orders and regulation reminders
• Emergency Orders are in effect for the following areas:
• In the Kenai River: This emergency order closes the Kenai River to sport fishing for king salmon from the mouth upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake and in the Moose River from its confluence with the Kenai River upstream to the northernmost edge of the Sterling Highway bridge beginning at 12:01 a.m., Thursday. June 20, 2013 through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2013. Sport fishing for king salmon will remain closed from 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 1, 2013 through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 14, 2013 in waters of the Kenai River drainage form an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake, and in the Moose River from its confluence with the Kenai River upstream to the northernmost edge of the Sterling Highway bridge. This closure prohibits all sport fishing for king salmon, including catch-and-release fishing. King salmon may not be retained or possessed; king salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
• In the Russian River: This emergency order opens the Russian River Sanctuary Area to fishing for sockeye salmon at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 19.