Kasilof River Early-Run King Salmon Restrictions Begin May 1

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Release Date: April 23, 2024
Effective Dates: May 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024

Important Emergency Order from ADF&G

At Kenai Fly Fish (KFF), we prioritize staying compliant with all fishing regulations to ensure the sustainability of our precious fish populations. We want to inform you about a new emergency order from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) regarding the early-run King Salmon on the Kasilof River. These regulations are crucial for maintaining the health of our salmon populations, and we are committed to following them closely.

Key Restrictions for Early-Run King Salmon

Starting May 1, 2024, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • Catch-and-Release Only: Anglers must release any King Salmon they catch. This rule helps support the recovery of the salmon population by allowing more fish to complete their spawning cycle.
  • Gear Restrictions: Only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used from January 1 through August 15. This reduces the impact on the salmon population and increases their chances of survival.
  • Youth-Only Fishery Extension: The area open for the youth-only fishery on the Ninilchik River has been extended from the mouth of the river to the 2-mile markers near the Garrison Ridge Road bridge. This provides more opportunities for young anglers to enjoy fishing.

Compliance is Crucial

Following these new regulations is vital for the preservation of the King Salmon population and the overall health of our river ecosystems. At KFF, our guides are knowledgeable about these rules and are dedicated to ensuring all fishing activities comply with the latest guidelines.

Opportunities for a Great Fishing Experience

Despite these restrictions, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy a rewarding fishing trip on the Kasilof River. Here’s how you can make the most of your adventure with KFF:

  • Book Early: Given the new regulations, it’s essential to plan and book your trip early. Our experienced guides will help you navigate the restrictions while still providing an exceptional fishing experience.
  • Stay Informed: Always check the latest updates from ADF&G to stay informed about any changes in regulations. You can find the most recent news on the ADF&G website.
  • Embrace the Experience: Even with catch-and-release, the thrill of hooking a King Salmon on the Kasilof River is unmatched. Enjoy the experience and contribute to conservation efforts by following the regulations.

Looking Forward

At Kenai Fly Fish, we are optimistic about the future of fishing on the Kasilof River. We believe that by following these regulations and practicing sustainable fishing methods, we can ensure the health and abundance of King Salmon for generations to come.

Join us for an unforgettable fishing experience on the Kasilof River. Book your trip today and be part of the effort to preserve our incredible salmon populations while enjoying some of the best fishing Alaska has to offer. Tight lines and happy fishing!

For more updated information, please visit the ADF&G website.

Emergency Order PDF: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Static-sf/EONR/PDFs/2024/R2/EO%202-KS-1-18-24%20Kasilof%20ER%20Kings%20Hatchery%20Only%20Single%20Hook_Final.pdf


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