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Great days on the water!

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.

Fresh Russian River Sockeye Salmon caught on the Upper Kenai River by Tyler Parker.  Enough to make any sushi chef jealous!!

Fresh Russian River Sockeye Salmon caught on the Upper Kenai River by Tyler Parker. Enough to make any sushi chef jealous!!

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.

15,015 Sockeye Salmon on their way up!

As of yesterday we have now seen 15,015 Sockeye Salmon come into the Kenai River Drainage. Our water levels continue to rise due the snow/glacier melt off bringing the water up to 20″.  We see the fish bump out a little farther off the banks with these water levels but we are still doing grat catching them with a little patiences and skill!  Yesterday we saw temperatures of 88 degrees in the shade and it’s gearing up to look the same today.  You have to love being out on the river in Alaska with this weather!

2013 opener holding great sockeye salmon counts as well as amazing weather!

And the season has begun!!!  After the longest winter on record all of us in Alaska are very grateful to see what has been an absolutely amazing summer so far.  We have been averaging days in the high 70’s into the 80’s which hasn’t happened in many (many) years and you don’t hear any complaints here!  As far as the fly fishing season on the Kenai River has been going, we too are being graciously granted a great first run of Sockeye Salmon as well as some nice Rainbow Trout fishing.  Current counts of Sockeye past the weir on the Lower Kenai are 9,167 which is over 7,500 more then we were seeing this time last year.  We are seeing them come into the Upper Kenai were we are targeting them and are having great success.  The water is running quite high at 19 1/2″ so the Sockeye are charging up.  With the great weather and fishing being what it is, it’s a great time to get out on the water.