Friday, May 10, 2013

Kenai River to go Catch & Release only for King Salmon

Emergency Order by Alaska Department of Fish & Game


Beginning May 16, 2013 the retention of king salmon 20 inches or greater in length, but less than 55 inches, while sportfishing on the Kenai River, is prohibited.


Emergency Order No. 2-KS-1-11-13 Issued at Soldotna: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013

Expiration Date: 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 14, 2013, unless superseded by subsequent emergency order.

EXPLANATION:
This emergency order prohibits the retention of king salmon 20 inches or greater in length, but less than 55 inches in length, while sport fishing in waters of the Kenai River drainage downstream 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, May 16, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Harvest is allowed for king salmon less than 20 inches in length and 55 inches or greater in length. In addition, this emergency order prohibits the use of bait and prohibits the retention of king salmon 20 inches or greater in length, but less than 55 inches in length, while sport fishing in waters of the Kenai River drainage from 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, beginning 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 1, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 14, 2013. Harvest is allowed for king salmon less than 20 inches in length and 55 inches or greater in length.

In the waters described above, only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used. King salmon 20 inches or greater in length but less than 55 inches in length may not be retained or possessed, may not be removed from the water, and must be released immediately.