dipnetting

With all the closures and restrictions lately, one wouldn’t be blamed if they thought there were no more angling opportunities in the central Kenai Peninsula. But they'd be wrong.

First of all, dip-netting is still open at the mouth of the Kasilof River, with just a couple caveats: One, any king salmon caught must be immediately returned to the water, and two, the fishery is for Alaska residents only. Other than that, Fish and Game says dip-netting success on the Kasilof remains good.

City of Kenai

 

The Kenai city council adopted a resolution at its meeting this week that helps pay for one of the city’s newest tools, beach magnets.

 

 


This week’s sport fishing report is dominated by news of new catch-and-release only regulations for king salmon on the very lowest portions of the Kenai River. 

The regulations went into effect on Wednesday morning in that section from the Kenai River mouth to the regulatory marker approximately 300 yards downriver of Slikok Creek.

Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

It’s the midway point for the Kenai river personal-use fishery and the sockeye are still just trickling in. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran caught up with some dipnetters fishing near the Warren Ames Bridge late Friday morning, achieving various levels of success.


City of Kenai officials will be closing access to the Kenai River's Soth Beach tonight and are warning dipnetters not to camp there or on the North Beach.

The reason are extreme high tides overnight that could pose hazards to campers. 

The morning tide Thursday at 3:54 a.m. is forecast to be 23 feet, followed by Friday morning's 4:44 a.m. high tide of 24 feet, and Saturday morning’s high tide at 5:44 will be nearly 25 feet.

ADF&G

The annual personal use dipnet fishery at the mouth of the Kenai River begins Tuesday. But amid expectations of an underperforming salmon return, the City of Kenai, which is host to the fishery, is ready, according to City Manager Paul Ostrander.

City of Kenai

 

 

The city of Kenai is continuing its efforts to capitalize on the July’s dipnet fishery. Last December, the council asked city administration to look into accommodating vendors near the beach.