King angling slow on Kenai and Kasilof rivers

Jul 19, 2019

        The Upper Cook Inlet sports anglers have been having a slow time of it fishing for Kenai River king salmon, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's angling report.

Sports fishing for the mighty Chinook is open on the lower Kenai, but only with one, unbaited, single-hook, artificial fly or lure.

Kings of any size can be retained in the Lower Kenai from its mouth to just downstream of Slikok Creek. From there to Skilak Lake, the limit is one king less than 36 inches in legth.

Meanwhile, sockeye salmon fishing in the river has slowed appreciably as the late run has yet to hit high gear after the early run winds up. As a result, sockeye bag limits returned to three fish per day, and six in possession.

        King fishing is also slow on the Kasilof River, where the same bait and hook regulations are in place. Hatchery or natural-run king salmon may be harvested below the Sterling Highway bridge. Kasilof River sockeye fishing is fair.

        Dip net fishing on the Kenai is fair, but Fish and Game expects it to improve. The Department reminds dipnetters that they may not keep any king salmon they accidentally net.