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