July 03, 2013 Sport Fish Area Fishing Report

Alaska Fish and Game – Sport Fish Area Fishing Report
Emergency Orders and regulation reminders

  • Emergency Orders are in effect for the following areas:
  • In the Kenai River: This emergency order prohibits the use of bait and multiple hooks in the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to Skilak Lake, and in the Moose River from its confluence with the Kenai River upstream to the northernmost edge of the Sterling Highway bridge, effective 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 1, 2013 through 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Anglers may use only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure.
  • In the Kenai River: This emergency order closes the Kenai River to Sport fishing for king salmon 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 increase the sockeye salmon bag limit to 6 and possession limit to 12 in the Russian River from Skilak Lake upstream opens the Russian River Sanctuary Area to fishing.
  • 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
  • Sockeye salmon counts from the Russian River weir are available on the department’s fish count web page and fish count hotline at 262-9097.
  • This Northern Kenai Peninsula Area wide sport fishing report will be updated weekly and can also be heard by calling 907 262-2737.

Salmon – Kenai & Kasilof rivers

  • Please review emergency orders for king salmon fishing.
  • The king salmon fishing at both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers is very slow at this time.
  • The outlook for late-run Kenai River king salmon is well below average.
  • Water level is above average in the Kenai River.

Resident Fish — Kenai River

  • Rainbow trout fishing on the Kenai River has been good since the season opened June 11.

Russian River — Sockeye Salmon

  • Sockeye salmon fishing at the Russian River and confluence area of the Russian River and Kenai River will wax and wane as the early-run of sockeye salmon to this area continues.
  • Recent fishing reports indicate the run is near its end and fishing is slow at this time.
  • The water level the Russian River has returned to normal however the Upper Kenai River remains higher than normal.
  • Anglers are reminded that the weir at Russian River is located upstream of the fishery and weir counts may not be a good indicator of the numbers of fish present in the area of the Russian and Kenai-Russian rivers confluence area downstream of the Ferry Crossing.
  • If you choose to process the sockeye salmon you harvest where you catch them, please cut or chop the carcass up into numerous pieces and throw the pieces into fast moving water. Use cleaning stations provided at the Russian-Kenai rivers confluence and Russian River ferry. If possible take harvest fish out whole and responsibly dispose of the fish waste.

Lake Fishing

  • Many lakes in the Soldotna-Kenai area lakes to provide open water fishing from both the shore and from a boat. Fishing has been good to excellent at several area lakes. Twenty-eight Kenai Peninsula lakes are stocked by the Department. In addition, numerous lakes support natural populations of rainbow trout, lake trout and Dolly Varden. Numerous Kenai Peninsula Lakes provide great fishing opportunity in the spring while flowing waters are closed to fishing. Bait fished under a bobber, small spinners and spoons or fly fishing from a float tube all produce great rates during the spring while the ice is receding or immediately after ice-out.

Northern Pike

  • Few area lakes have northern pike, but public access is limited. Private property owners may allow access, but get permission first.
  • Pike can be taken using spears, bow and arrow (with arrow attached by a line), bait, spin, and fly-fishing gear. Try fish-shaped and fish-colored lures and flies.
  • There is no closed season for pike and the bag limit is unlimited. Wanton waste laws apply so be sure to use, or donate to charity, all the pike you harvest.
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