Good news on the fishing front. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the early Kenai King run will begin without additional restrictions. You can read the ADFG press release here.
As a reminder, the regulations for the early Kenai king run are as follows:
- Bait is prohibited, and only one single-hook, artificial lure may be used.
- The bag and possession limit for king salmon 20 inches or greater in length is one king salmon. Only king salmon 34 inches or less in length may be retained. King salmon greater than 34 inches in length may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
- There is a five fish annual limit for king salmon over 20 inches from all Cook Inlet Drainage waters in combination, which includes only two fish per year over 20 inches from the Kenai River, except fish under 28 inches in length caught in the Kenai River prior to July 1 do not count towards the annual limit. All harvested fish that count towards an annual limit must be recorded on a harvest record card or your license.
- The bag and possession limit for king salmon less than 20 inches (jacks) is 10 fish.