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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Alaska’s Kenai River king salmon return not very rosy this summer

Here is a news release by Alaska Department of Fish and Game on what to expect for the Kenai River this summer:

Based on preseason outlooks, the 2012 Kenai River king salmon runs may be similar or improved slightly from last year, but are still expected to be below average.

Therefore, the sport fisheries will be managed conservatively and restrictions beyond regulations adopted by the Board of Fisheries may be necessary to reduce harvest potential of king salmon in the sport (guided and unguided) and the personal use fisheries to ensure adequate escapement.

Sport fishing during both the early- and late-runs will start by utilizing standard/normal regulations as provided in the 2012 Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet for Southcentral Alaska.

To view the regulation summary go to the Kenai Peninsula Freshwaters including the Kenai River website.

Similar to last year, the department will assess the 2012 inseason run-strength using a combination of king salmon abundance indices from the department’s assessment projects.

Anglers can monitor the progress of the Kenai River king salmon runs and assessment, as well as sport and personal use king salmon fishing restrictions that may occur by viewing the inseason assessment data located at the department fish count web page.

Information about inseason management of the Kenai River king salmon runs will be updated twice weekly at the Fish Counts website.

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