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.


          The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says king salmon are present in good numbers in the Ninilchik River, though anglers need to double-check their catch before taking it out of the water.

The Department says both hatchery and wild run fish are abundant, but that it is only the hatchery kings that can be kept. They can be identified by the absence of the adipose fin, which should be checked before taking the fish out of the water.


  The early run of sockeye salmon on the Kenai River is off to a strong enough start that Fish and Game is going to give anglers an early opportunity to land some in the Russian River Sanctuary.

In opening the sanctuary early, Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka said in an announcement that the system, “hasn’t seen numbers like this for several years.”

Kings and sockeye are running on the main stem of the Kenai River, and soon tributary streams will open for rainbow trout fishing.

The latest report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game indicates fishing is expected to be good.

The confluence of the Upper Kenai and Russian rivers will open for early run sockeye fishing on Tuesday.

Kasilof River king salmon fishing is good and should continue to improve over the next week or two.

A months long review of escapement goals for salmon in the Upper Cook Inlet won’t immediately affect the king salmon fishery on the Kenai River, but some fisheries at the Kasilof might be affected.

Fish and Games sports fish and commercial fish divisions met five times since November for an interdivisional escapement goal review. Because the recommendations were needed before a board of fisheries deadline for comments on April 10.