The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the 2020 Kenai River king salmon forecast.
The early run (May/June) forecast is 4,794. Although below average, this forecast falls within the optimum escapement goal of 3,900 to 6,000 fish.
The late run (July) forecast is 22,707. This estimate is within the sustainable escapement goal of 13,500-27,000 fish. If the run is realized, it will be more than last year, and be comparable to the recent five year average.
If I were to forecast the fishing outlook, I would say the early run could start out catch and release with a mid June adjustment based on strength of run. The second run will start out as usual and adjustments to means/methods/retention will be made by the third week of July. For those who follow Kenai River fishery management, I’m telling you nothing that is new.
If you would like to read the press release from ADFG, click here.