The sockeye salmon season for the Russian River/Kenai River fly-fishing-only area was scheduled to close August 20, but because there are large numbers of sockeye salmon passing the sonar station in the lower river, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will extend the season through 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 4 and increase the bag and possession limit to six salmon. Of the six salmon, only two can be silver (coho) salmon. A total of 6 pink (humpy) salmon may be retained daily in addition to the above limit. This makes the limits for this area the same as the limits set by an Emergency Order issued for the mainstem Kenai River on August 7.
The season extension applies only to the Kenai River from the ferry crossing downstream to the power line. This is “Area A” on page 31 of the Southcentral Alaska regulations summary. The Russian River itself, and the Russian River Sanctuary Area, which are areas B and C, will close to sockeye salmon fishing as scheduled this Sunday, August 20, at 11:59 p.m.
More than 238,000 sockeye salmon have passed the lower river sonar station since August 5, and these salmon may be available in the “fly-fishing-only” area after the August 20 sockeye salmon sport fishing closure date.
The “fly-fishing-only” restriction is also lifted for the season extension. Anglers may continue to use either a single hook unbaited fly, or a single hook, unbaited artificial lure. The gap between point and shank must be 3/8” or less. A single hook has only one point. If beads or other attractors are used, they must be fixed within two inches of the hook, or be free-sliding along the entire length of the line or leader.
Anglers are reminded that fishing for king salmon, or keeping accidentally-caught king salmon, is not allowed in the entire upper Kenai River. Be sure you know how to identify your catch. King salmon often have a black or dark gumline, while silver salmon have a white or light gumline. King salmon also usually have small black spots on both the upper and lower lobes of the tail fin, while silvers have spots only on the upper lobe of the tail fin.
If you fillet your fish in the Russian River area, please continue to chop up the carcasses into small pieces and throw the pieces into deep, fast-moving water. It takes just a few extra seconds, and is very easy to do. It reduces the piles of carcasses, which, in turn, reduces the attraction for bears.
Also because of bear activity, federal land managers continue to enforce their orders that close the area from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., close the area to tent camping, and require that food or trash be in your possession, or within immediate grasp. A locally-available radio station at AM 1600 broadcasts updates for the area, and there is also an informational video playing at the Russian River ferry shack.
From an ADFG News Release >>>
Saturday, August 26, 2006
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced on August 25th that the red and blue king crab personal use fishery in the Port Frederick, Seymour Canal, and Peril Strait areas will remain closed for the season. These areas are defined as follows:
(1) Port Frederick (all waters of Port Frederick south and west of a line between the light at Cannery Point to the northernmost tip of Halibut Island and from there to a point at 58° 09.60’ N. latitude 135° 30.00’ W. longitude) and;Read the entire news release >>>
(2) Section 11-D, Seymour Canal (waters of Seymour Canal north of 57° 37.00’N. latitude) and;
(3) Section 13-C, Peril Strait (all waters of Peril Strait, Hoonah Sound, Rodman Bay and contiguous waters west of a line from Point Hayes to Point Thatcher and north of a line from Pogibshi Point due west to the Chichagof shoreline).
Sunday, August 13, 2006
- Bearbait 1 has a few things to say about Salmon Farming.
- FL Bear Bait has some things to say about his Russian River experience this summer.
- ripndrag would like to know about what folks think about overnight trips for halibut out of Homer.
- fishin is planning on fishing Jim Creek and would like any tips for fishing that area.
- Fairweather would like advice on catching Chums for the eggs.
- Tomcat caught some silvers with worms in the gut; how common is this and should any precautions be taken.
- GEC1000 is looking for information about Salmon Sharks.
- olsby is new to fishing Alaska and is asking for help from seasoned Alaska fishermen.
- AK_Kid needs some advice on trolling for silvers.
Posted by Alaska Mom at Sunday, August 13, 2006