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.