sockeye salmon

Where there are masses of fish, there’s likely to be masses of people. And where there are masses of people, there are likely businesses attempting to make some money.

That’s the case with the Kenai personal-use, dip-net fishery. All sorts of businesses have sprouted up along the mouth of the Kenai River, trying to net revenue off the fishermen trying to net fish.

One of those types of businesses came under fire at the Alaska Board of Fisheries this week. The board is meeting in Anchorage to review Upper Cook Inlet fishery proposals through next Wednesday. On Thursday, they voted on a proposal that would ban a relatively new practice — guiding for dip-netters.

Glen Trombley, of Chugiak, owns Expeditions North LLC guiding service. During July, when the reds are running, he runs the Dip Ship in the mouth of the Kenai River, taking dip-netters out to get their personal-use sockeye.

“Some, for whatever reason, cannot physically access this particular fishery without some type of assistance. Not to mention families with small children that would normally not be able to participate from shore due to safety issues,” Trombley said.

Kings and Reds see divergent returns in 2019

Oct 15, 2019

A couple of systems over-escaped their sockeye salmon returns in the Central Kenai Peninsula this summer, as the Swan Lake Fire hampered both catching and managing fish on the Upper Kenai River. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released the figures in its 2019 summary of the fisheries last week
    The escapement goal for Russian River early-run sockeye salmon is a range of between 22,000-44,000 fish. The weir count on July 14 was 125,942 sockeye salmon, significantly exceeding the upper end of the biologic escapement goal.

Late run reds outpace recent years

Aug 27, 2019

The 2019 late Kenai River sockeye salmon run is officially twice as good as last year. Through August 19, the most recent date ADF-and-G has data for, 1.85 million sockeye have crossed the sonar at river mile 19, which is double the 900,000 the run stood at on the same date in 2018
The run has been steadily declining since its second peak on August 6th, when the daily count was over 76,000. The run’s first peak, on July 28th, was over 99,000.
Just over 10,000 reds were counted on the 19th, 16,000 on the 18th, and 18,000 the day before that.

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.

Kenai king angling, dip-netting wrapping up

Jul 30, 2019

There’s little more than one day left in the Kenai River king salmon sports fishery for the 2019 season. It closes late Wednesday night when the calendar turns to August.Fish and Game reports that king angling on the Lower Kenai has slowed, but still considered fair, and that water conditions are favorable. Gear is still limited to one, un-baited single-tool artificial fly or lure.