Kenai River Subsistence Rod-And-Reel King Fishing Shutting Down

Here’s more from the Peninsula Clarion on the decision:

From Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, July 15, all subsistence rod-and-reel fishing for king salmon on the Kenai River downstream from the outlet of Skilak Lake will be prohibited. King salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately unharmed.

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game has estimated that only 916 large king salmon have passed the sonar site at River Mile 13.7 through June 11. The current inseason escapement projections range from 1,700 large fish with average run timing to 2,200 large fish with a three-day late run timing.