Good Season for Gillnetters on the Kenai Peninsula

Shaylon Cochran

     Commercial net fishermen are faring well moving into the heart of fishing season on the Kenai Peninsula. That goes for both the size of the run, and the time they’re being given to harvest it.

     Managers with the Department of Fish and Game issued another emergency order Wednesday. It opened up fishing opportunities for set and drift gill netters from Kasilof to Nikiski for a twelve hour period.

     As of July 7, nearly 200,000 sockeye had made it up the Kasilof, while more than 100,000 have already passed through counters on the Kenai. 

     The commercial fishermen are being dispatched to slow those high return rates, but sport fishermen are still under strict regulations for king fishing. 

     Even though the early king run on the Kenai came in stronger than expected, the late run is still forecast well below average. 

     Restrictions issued last month are still in place, with king sport fishing limited to an area downstream of Slikok Creek. 

     Much of the rest of the river is closed to king fishing throughout the month of July. And in the area that is open, bait and multiple hooks are prohibited.

 

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