The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has raised the Kenai River bag limit of sockeye salmon from three fish to six a day, downstream of Skilak Lake, beginning at 12:01 am on Sunday, July 28.
Skilak Lake divides the Upper Kenai River from the Lower Kenai River, as it is halfway down the river to Sterling from Kenai Lake. Salmon fishing between there and Cook Inlet is part of this order.
Sockeye can be kept if they are 16 inches or longer, and 12 may be in possession, according to the revised catch limit, with no more than two of those fish being coho.
The liberalization comes as ADF&G has determined that there are 2.3 million sockeye in the late run, the limit set by the Kenai River Late-Run Sockeye Management Plan.
The department reminds anglers to review the Kenai River riverbank closures in place for habitat protection. Those closures and other rules are found in the 2019 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.