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Get your egg-sucking leech out: Kenai River opens at Cooper Landing for boating, fishing

Part of the Kenai River will be reopened for boating Wednesday from 6 am to 6 pm, after recent rain dampened fire activity and lowered the potential for conflict between boaters and local residents who were staging for possible evacuation.

The river will be open to boaters from the Cooper Landing state boat launch to Sportsman’s Landing.

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The river will remain closed to boating from Sportsman’s Landing to Skilak Lake to reduce traffic on roads and make it easier to quickly deploy firefighters and resources in fighting wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula, officials said.

For the section of the river that is open, drift boats are popular, as are rafts with rowing frames. Lure fishing for rainbow trout is catch-and-release on the upper Kenai. The fish haven’t seen a lure for two weeks during the fire, and are eating salmon roe; the three flies that will likely work will be any egg pattern, egg-sucking leech, and flesh flies, according to Must Read Alaska’s sportfishing adviser.

The Cooper Landing School will also be open on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Fire danger has decreased over much of the Kenai Peninsula, but residents and visitors should remain aware and prepared for changing conditions. For statewide fire information, visit the AICC website at or

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. This is way overdue. This fire should have been put out several weeks ago instead of letting it burn. This fire almost wiped out Cooper Landing and if the wind had been blowing a different direction, Sterling could have also experienced what Cooper Landing almost did. Who will be next if this current thinking is not turned around and Extinguished????? Heads should roll over this Mismanagement of Fire Control. The 1969 Fire in the beginning was treated this same way. I was here then too and least out my Pick-up and myself on that fire.
    Seymour Marvin Mills Jr. sui juris

  2. 3 guys were caught poaching 3 foot rainbow trout (king size) by the ferry dock last fall using treble hooks and roe eggs for bait! ?

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