Kenai sockeye continue strong late run

Aug 5, 2019

        It's been a week since king salmon fishing closed by regulation on the Kenai River. It was characteristically slow at the end, though the 2019 run kept pace with 2018 until the last week of July.

Fish and Game records show the run peaked on July 21st when 546 kings passed the sonar. Through Saturday, the run stood at 9,586, about 2,000 less than last year, and 6,000 less than 2017.

Sockeye salmon on the Kenai River is good to excellent. 1.3 million reds have been counted so far, more than double at this time last year. The run saw two days very near 100,000 sockeye past the sonar, on July 27 and 28.

Fish and Game reports Kasilof River sockeye salmon sport fishing is fair, and running slightly ahead of last year's run. As of Saturday, 336,000 have been counted. There was a peak of over 12,000 on July 25th.