Booming Kasilof red run allows biologists to ease rules

Catch more Kasilof River red salmon, whether in nets or using rods and reels.

That was the message from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Thursday when biologists expanded the area open to personal use dipnetting and doubled the sport fishery bag limit to six per day, 12 in possession.

The move comes because the Kasilof has nearly reached its minimum escapement goal, with thousands of red salmon a day expected to enter the river through the first week of August.  About 156,000 red salmon already have been counted past the Kasilof sonar.

Dipnetting from the shore is allowed in an expanded area from Fish and Game markers on the Cook Inlet beaches upstream to the Sterling Highway Bridge. Dipnetting from a boat is allowed from beach markers upstream to about river mile 3.

Any king salmon, Dolly Varden or rainbow/steelhead trout caught while dipnetting must be released. 









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