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Russian River reds limits will be reduced beginning Tuesday

Alaska Dispatch News

While some personal-use dipnetters at the mouth of the Kenai and Kasilof river haul in dozens of red salmon, rod-and-reel anglers at the Russian River will see their bag limit cut in half to three fish starting Tuesday, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

A strong early-run of reds allowed state biologists to double the limit on June 24. As of Thursday, more than 43,000 reds had escaped anglers’ hooks and passed the fish-counting weir upriver at the outlet of Lower Russian Lake.  That’s already 1,000 more fish than the escapement goal of 22,000 to 42,000 early-run reds.

The goal for the late run is higher, from 30,000 to 110,000 reds, and biologists are being cautious. Last year, fewer than 32,000 late-run reds made it upriver to spawn