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2022 Kenai Fishing Regulations:
(Soldotna) – The 2022 Kenai River early-run king salmon preseason projection is for approximately 4,300 large (> 34 inches) king salmon. This projection falls within the optimal escapement goal (OEG) of 3,900 to 6,600 large king salmon. As directed by 5 AAC 57.160 Kenai River and Kasilof River Early-run King Salmon Management Plan, if the Kenai River early-run king salmon preseason projection falls within or above the OEG, the sport fishery may start under general regulations (5 AAC 57.120) until an inseason projection is available. Please see pages 50-65 of the 2022 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for additional information when it is issued in March/April 2022.
Kenai River Early-Run (January 1 – June 30) Updated 06/06/2022
(Soldotna) – In favor of protecting returning king salmon and ensuring sport fishing opportunities in the future, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is closing the early-run king salmon sport fishery in the Kenai River drainage downstream of the outlet of Skilak Lake effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2022. From June 8 through June 30, fishing for king salmon of any size, including catch-and-release, is closed in the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake. The closure for king salmon fishing will continue July 1 through July 31, in waters from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake. King salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
In addition, for the Kenai River late-run of king salmon, from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 1 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022, from the mouth of the Kenai River upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, king salmon sport fishing is restricted to catch-and-release only for king salmon of all sizes. Only one unbaited, single-hook may be used. King salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
“In an effort to protect Kenai River early-run king salmon and as directed by the regulatory management plan, the early-run king salmon fishery is closed to sport fishing in an effort to meet the early-run escapement goal of 3,900 to 6,600 large king salmon,” stated Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka.
Kasilof River Early-Run (May 1 – June 30)
The 2022 Kasilof River early-run king salmon sport fishery will begin limited to hatchery fish only harvest and anglers may only use one single hook or single-hook artificial lure, baited or unbaited. The bag limit is two hatchery fish per day and in possession. All naturally-produced king salmon must be released immediately.
Kasilof River Late-Run (July 1 – July 31)
The Kasilof River late-run king salmon sport fishery will begin limited to hatchery fish harvest only. Anglers may only use one unbaited, single hook, or unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure. The bag limit is one hatchery fish per day and in possession. All naturally-produced fish must be released immediately.
For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka at (907) 262-9368.