2022 SEASON UPDATES:

 

Thursday, October 27:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Susitna rainbows and grayling; Anchor steelhead and Dollies; Kasilof steelhead and silvers; Deep steelhead and Dollies; more. Note: This is the last weekly fishing report of the 2022 season.

 

Thursday, October 20:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Susitna rainbows and grayling; Anchor steelhead; and Dollies; Kasilof steelhead and silvers; Deep steelhead and Dollies; more.

 

Thursday, October 13:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Susitna rainbows and grayling; Anchor steelhead; Copper lakers and grayling; Kasilof steelhead and silvers; more.

 

Thursday, October 6:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Susitna rainbows and grayling; Anchor steelhead; Chulitna rainbows and grayling; Copper lakers and grayling; more.

 

Thursday, September 29:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Portage silvers; Deep steelhead; Upper Kenai rainbows, and Dollies; Susitna rainbows and grayling; Chulitna rainbows and grayling; Anchor steelhead; Port Valdez silvers; more.

 

Thursday, September 22:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Portage silvers; Deep steelhead; Upper Kenai rainbows, and Dollies; Susitna rainbows and grayling; Anchor steelhead; Port Valdez silvers; more.

 

Thursday, September 15:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Port Valdez silvers; Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Portage silvers; Deep steelhead; Upper Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Russian silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Susitna rainbows and grayling; Seward silvers; Anchor steelhead; more.

 

Thursday, September 8:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Port Valdez silvers; Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Portage silvers; Upper Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Russian silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Cook Inlet halibut, shark, and skate; Susitna silvers, rainbows, and grayling; Seward silvers; Gulkana reds, rainbows, and grayling; more.

 

Thursday, September 1:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Port Valdez silvers; Little Susitna silvers; Kenai pinks, silvers rainbows, and Dollies; Portage silvers; Upper Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Russian silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Cook Inlet halibut, shark, and skate; Susitna silvers, rainbows, and grayling; Fish silvers; Gulkana reds, rainbows, and grayling; Cottonwood silvers; Eklutna silvers; more.

 

Friday, August 26:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Little Susitna silvers; Kenai pinks and silvers; Portage silvers; Upper Kenai silvers, rainbows, and Dollies; Russian silvers; Cook Inlet halibut; Susitna silvers, rainbows, and grayling; Fish silvers; Gulkana reds; Cottonwood silvers; Eklutna silvers; more.

 

Thursday, August 18:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Ship silvers; Kenai pinks and silvers; Portage silvers; Upper Kenai rainbows and Dollies; Russian reds; Cook Inlet sharks, skates, and halibut; Susitna silvers, rainbows, and grayling; Fish silvers; Cottonwood silvers; Jim silvers; more.

 

Thursday, August 11:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Ship silvers; Kenai reds, pinks, and silvers; Chulitna reds and rainbows; Upper Kenai reds, rainbows, and Dollies; Homer Silvers; Russian reds, Susitna silvers, rainbows, and grayling; Fish reds and silvers; Valdez pinks; Cottonwood reds and silvers; Jim reds and silvers; more.

 

Thursday, August 4:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Ship silvers, Kenai reds, Klutina kings and reds, Hope pinks, Upper Kenai reds, rainbows, and Dollies, Homer Silvers, Russian reds, Susitna pinks and chums, Fish reds, Valdez pinks, Tonsina kings and reds, Cottonwood reds and silvers, more.

 

Thursday, July 28:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Fish Creek Sport Fishing Open 7 Days Per Week with Increased Red Salmon Limits

Summary:  The ADF&G through the Alaska Board of Fisheries has issued an emergency order opening up Fish Creek (Big Lake outlet stream) to daily fishing on Monday, August 1, and continuing through Friday, August 13. By regulation, Fish Creek is a weekend-only fishery and was slated to open on Saturday, August 14, but an exceptionally strong run of reds this year prompted the department to allow for extra harvest opportunities for anglers by opening up two weeks early and doubling the bag limit from the current three (3) to six (6). However, silver salmon may not be retained during these daily openings and must be released if caught.

For more information, click here for a link to the official ADF&G emergency order statement.

 

Thursday, July 28:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Ship silvers, Kenai reds, Klutina kings and reds, Hope pinks, Upper Kenai reds, rainbows, and Dollies, Homer Silvers, Kasilof reds, Susitna pinks and chums, Fish reds, Valdez pinks, Tonsina kings and reds, Cottonwood reds, more.

 

Thursday, July 21:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Kenai reds, Klutina kings, Hope pinks, Upper Kenai rainbows and Dollies, Kasilof reds, Susitna pinks and chums, Valdez pinks, Tonsina kings, Cottonwood reds, more.

 

Thursday, July 21:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Kenai River Red Salmon Bag Limits Increased

Summary:  The ADF&G through the Alaska Board of Fisheries has issued an emergency order increasing the daily bag limit for red salmon on the lower/middle Kenai River from the current three (3) to six (6) effective this Friday, July 22, and continuing through December 31. Also, the possession limit doubles, from six (6) to 12. The projected run size is for at least 2.3 million reds and the escapement goal of 750,00-1,300,000 is anticipated to be achieved, thus allowing anglers to harvest additional fish. The bag and possession limits on the upper Kenai and Russian rivers remain at current levels (3/6).

In conjunction with this emergency order is a second emergency order increasing hours for dip netting, now allowed 24 hours a day through July 31.

For more information, click here for a link to the official ADF&G emergency order statement.

 

Saturday, July 16:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Kenai River Closed to King Salmon Fishing

Summary:  The ADF&G through the Alaska Board of Fisheries has issued an emergency order closing the Kenai River to all sport fishing for king salmon effective Sunday, July 17, through the end of the season on July 31. Inseason projections estimate of 11,500 large kings is below the optimal escapement goal of 15,000 to 30,000 fish, thus closing the fishery is warranted.

For more information, click here for a link to the official ADF&G emergency order statement.

 

Saturday, July 16:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Kasilof River Closed to King Salmon Fishing

Summary:  The ADF&G through the Alaska Board of Fisheries has issued an emergency order closing the Kasilof River to all sport fishing for king salmon effective Sunday, July 17, through the end of the season on July 31. This order reflects the cautious approach the department follows in a year when king salmon stocks are down not only in neighboring Kenai River, on the Kenai Peninsula, and the Southcentral region but statewide.

For more information, click here for a link to the official ADF&G emergency order statement.

 

Saturday, July 16:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  King Salmon Sport Fishing Closure in Cook Inlet Saltwaters

Summary:  The ADF&G through the Alaska Board of Fisheries has issued an emergency order closing the saltwaters of Cook Inlet to all sport fishing for king salmon effective Sunday, July 17, through July 31. This order reflects the cautious approach the department follows in a year when the late-run king salmon stock in Kenai River is below the optimal escapement goal; these fish are now passing through Cook Inlet headed to the Kenai.

For more information, click here for a link to the official ADF&G emergency order statement.

 

Friday, July 15:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Klutina kings and reds, Hope pinks, Upper Kenai rainbows and Dollies, Kasilof reds, Gulkana kings, reds, and grayling, Susitna rainbows and grayling, Valdez pinks, Tonsina kings, Cook Inlet bottomfish, Kenai reds.

 

Wednesday, July 13:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Port Valdez Pink Salmon Sport Fishing Limits Increased

Summary:  The ADF&G through the Alaska Board of Fisheries has issued an emergency order increasing the daily bag limit for pink salmon in Port Valdez from the current six (6) to twelve (12) effective this Friday, July 15, and continuing through December 31. Also, the possession limit doubles, from 12  to 24. The run of pinks to the Solomon Gulch Creek Hatchery is strong this year and the hatchery has already met cost recovery goals and anticipates meeting broodstock goals as well, thus providing additional harvest opportunities for anglers.

For more information, click here for a link to the official ADF&G emergency order statement.

 

Thursday, July 7:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Klutina kings and reds, Upper Kenai rainbows and Dollies, Kasilof reds, Gulkana kings, reds, and grayling, Susitna rainbows and grayling, Valdez pinks, Eklutna kings, Cook Inlet bottomfish, Kenai reds.

 

Thursday, July 7:  Fish Creek Salmon Weir Operational for 2022 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir on Fish Creek (Big Lake drainage) began operating on July 5. After the first day of operation, 3 red salmon were recorded passing upstream. No other salmon species were documented. The first reds last year were recorded on July 12 (50 fish), in 2020 on July 3 (4 fish), in 2019 on July 9 (1 fish), and in 2018 on July 9 (557 fish). Large numbers of fish typically enter the drainage starting around July 15.

Click here for link to ADF&G data for red salmon.

 

Tuesday, July 5:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Kasilof River Red Salmon Limits Increased

Summary:  The ADF&G through the Alaska Board of Fisheries has issued an emergency order increasing the daily bag limit for red salmon on the Kasilof River from the current three (3) to six (6) effective this Thursday, July 7, and continuing through December 31. Also, the possession limit doubles, from six (6) to 12. As of July 4, over 120,700 reds had passed through the sonar site with the biological escapement goal being 140,000-320,000 fish. The current escapement is, at current rate, projected to exceed the biological escapement, thus allowing for anglers to harvest additional fish.

In conjunction with this emergency order is a second emergency order increasing the area for dip netting, now allowed from the river mouth at Cook Inlet up to the Sterling Highway bridge.

For more information, click here for a link to the official ADF&G emergency order statement.

 

Thursday, June 30:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Klutina reds, Upper Kenai rainbows and Dollies, Kasilof reds, Gulkana kings & grayling, Susitna rainbows & grayling, Eklutna kings, Cook Inlet bottomfish.

 

Monday, June 27:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Dudiak Lagoon Open to Snagging June 29 – July 1

Summary:  The ADF&G through the Alaska Board of Fisheries has issued an emergency order opening the Dudiak Lagoon to snagging starting Wednesday, June 29, and continuing through Friday, July 1. There is a buildup of king salmon within the lagoon and an increased harvest level is acceptable to provide more opportunity for anglers. The daily bag and possession limit for kings 20 inches and over is two (2) fish.

For more information, click here for a link to the official ADF&G emergency order statement.

 

Thursday, June 23:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Resurrection reds, Klutina reds, Russian reds, Upper Kenai reds and rainbows, Cook Inlet bottomfish, Kasilof reds, Seward Dolly Varden, Copper Valley lakers, Ship kings.

 

Thursday, June 23:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Russian River & Upper Kenai River Red Salmon Limits Increased

Summary:  By emergency order, the bag limit for red salmon is increased from the current three (3) to six (6) per day starting Saturday, June 25, and continuing through Thursday, July 15, in Russian River and in the Upper Kenai River from Sportsman’s Landing to Skilak Lake inlet. The possession limit is twelve (12) under the new order.

For more information, click here for a link to the official ADF&G emergency order statement.

 

Wednesday, June 22:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Copper River King Salmon Sport Fishery Reopens with an Annual Limit of 2 Fish

Summary:  By emergency order, the Copper River drainage (upstream of Haley Creek) is reopened to retention of king salmon starting Monday, June 27. The daily bag limit is one (1) fish with a total annual limit of two (2) kings. Bait and multiple hooks (including treble hooks) may be used where allowed by regulation. This order affects the roadside fisheries of Klutina, Tonsina, and Gulkana rivers. Due to changes in the abundance projection in final inriver run estimate, additional opportunity is therefore allowed as seasonal escapement goals will be reached.

For more information, click here for a link to the official ADF&G emergency order statement.

 

Wednesday, June 22:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Resurrection Bay Red Salmon Bag Limit Increased

Summary:  By emergency order, the bag limit for red salmon is increased from the current six (6) to twelve (12) per day starting Friday, June 24, and continuing through Sunday, July 31, in Resurrection River downstream of the Seward Highway and adjacent saltwater areas of Resurrection Bay, including Salmon Creek downstream of Nash Road. The possession limit remains twelve (12).

For more information, click here for a link to the official ADF&G emergency order statement.

 

Monday, June 20:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Russian River Sanctuary Opens Early to Sport Fishing for Red Salmon

Summary:  By emergency order, the Russian River Sanctuary, that area at the confluence of the Russian and Kenai rivers, will open to fishing on Wednesday, June 22, through Thursday, July 14. The weir near the outlet of Lower Russian Lake has passed 9,157 reds as of Sunday, June 19, and is expected to meet the biological escapement goal of 22,000-42,000 early-run fish. This order allows anglers additional time and area to harvest red salmon. The bag and possession limits remain three (3) and six (6), respectively.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 20:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Susitna River Drainage Closed to Sport Fishing for King Salmon

Summary:  By emergency order, the entire Susitna River drainage will close to king salmon fishing effective Thursday, June 23, and continuing through Wednesday, July 13. This closure affects all East-Side tributary streams such as Willow, Little Willow, Kashwitna, Sheep, Montana and other roadside waters as well as the Talkeetna and Chulitna river systems. The gear restriction of unbaited, single hook, artificial lure only still applies. King salmon populations are very weak region wide and indications are that the Susitna River drainage stocks are no exceptions.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 20:  Gulkana River Salmon Weir Operational for 2022 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir on Gulkana River began operating on June 17. As of June 19, no salmon have been recorded passing upstream. Generally, the first king and red salmon show up at the weir between June 5 and 10 but have been documented as early as June 1. Runs appear to be a week to ten days late throughout the Upper Copper River drainage due to unseasonably cold and high water conditions.

Click here and here for links to ADF&G data for king and red salmon, respectively.

 

Thursday, June 16:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Resurrection reds, Russian reds, Upper Kenai reds and rainbows, Cook Inlet bottomfish, Kasilof reds, Homer and Seward Dolly Varden, Lower Kenai reds and rainbows, Copper Valley lakers, Ship kings.

 

Thursday, June 16:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Little Susitna River Drainage Closed to Sport Fishing for King Salmon

Summary:  By emergency order, the Little Susitna River will close to king salmon fishing effective Monday, June 20, and continuing through Wednesday, July 13. Weir counts so far this season are the lowest on record.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Wednesday, June 15:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Copper River King Salmon Sport Fishery Restricted to Catch-and-Release

Summary:  By emergency order, the Copper River drainage upstream of Haley Creek will close to retention of king salmon effective Monday, June 20. All kings caught must be released immediately. This order includes the popular roadside king fisheries of Tonsina, Klutina, and Gulkana rivers.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 13:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Kasilof River Sport Fishing for King Salmon is Closed Through July 15 and is Restricted to Catch-and-Release Beginning July 16

Summary:  By emergency order, the Kasilof River will close to king salmon fishing effective Wednesday, June 15, and continuing through Friday, July 15. Only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used while fishing for other species. In the stretch of water from the Sterling Highway bridge to the outlet of Tustumena Lake, fishing for king salmon will remain closed for the remainder of the season from July 16 through July 31.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 13:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Ninilchik River Closed to Sport Fishing

Summary:  By emergency order, the Ninilchik River will close to all fishing effective Thursday, June 16, and continuing through Friday, July 15. Only 182 naturally-produced (wild) king salmon have been counted though the weir on the Ninilchik River as of June 12, which puts the projected escapement goal for the season at approximately 500 fish, far below the sustainable escapement goal of 750 to 1,300 kings.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 13:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Sport Fishing for King Salmon Closed in Cook Inlet Saltwaters

Summary:  By emergency order, Cook Inlet saltwaters will close to king salmon fishing effective Wednesday, June 15, and continuing through Friday, July 15. This follows in conjunction with the emergency orders closing Anchor and Ninilchik rivers and Deep Creek to all fishing to boost the numbers of king salmon returning to these waters, which are critically low this year. Other species of fish may still be targeted under general regulations.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, June 9:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Resurrection reds and hooligan, Upper Kenai rainbows, Ninilchik kings, Cook Inlet halibut, Kasilof kings, Homer and Seward Dolly Varden, Lower Kenai reds, Copper Valley lakers, Ship kings.

 

Wednesday, June 8:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Anchor River and Deep Creek Closed to Sport Fishing

Summary:  By emergency order, the Anchor River and Deep Creek will close to all fishing effective Saturday, June 11, and continuing through Friday, July 15. Only 304 king salmon have been counted though the weir on the Anchor River as of June 6, which puts the projected escapement goal for the season at approximately 2,000 fish, far below the sustainable escapement goal of 3,800 to 7,600 kings.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Wednesday, June 8:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Use of Bait Prohibited in the Ninilchik River

Summary:  By emergency order, the Ninilchik River will close to the use of bait starting Saturday, June 11, and continuing through Friday, July 15. Only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used. The department cites the low return of wild kings to the stream according to weir data; as of June 6, only 117 naturally-produced fish had passed through the weir. Additionally, all wild kings must be released; only hatchery fish may be retained.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 6:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Kasilof River Early-Run King Salmon Use of Bait Prohibited

Summary:  By emergency order, the Kasilof River will close to the use of bait starting Wednesday, June 8, and continuing through June 30. Only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used in the Kasilof River from its mouth upstream to the Sterling Highway Bridge. All wild kings must be released; only hatchery fish may be retained.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 6:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Kenai River Early-Run King Salmon Sport Fishery is Closed

Summary:  By emergency order, the Kenai River will close to all sport fishing, including catch-and-release, targeting king salmon starting Wednesday, June 8, and continuing through June 30. King salmon caught if fishing for other species must be released immediately. This order includes the entirety of the Lower/Middle Kenai River from the outlet of Skilak Lake to the river mouth on Cook Inlet.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 6:  Russian River Pre-Season Opener Report

Summary:  The most recent information on stream conditions and fish abundance is highlighted in this special report in the Fish Alerts section.

 

Monday, June 6:  Russian River Salmon Weir Operational for 2022 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir on Russian River began operating on June 4. As of June 5, no salmon have been recorded passing upstream. Last year the first fish passed on June 6, in 2020 on June 9, and in 2019 on June 7.

Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Monday, June 6:  Crooked Creek Salmon Weir Operational for 2022 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir on Crooked Creek (Kasilof River tributary) began operating on May 27. As of June 1, no salmon had been recorded passing upstream. Last year the first fish passed on June 29, in 2020 on May 29, and in 2019 on June 1. The earliest documented king salmon to pass the weir occurred on May 3 in 2005.

Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Thursday, June 2:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Resurrection River reds and hooligan, Ninilchik River kings, Cook Inlet halibut, Kasilof kings, Homer and Seward Dolly Varden, Lower Kenai reds, Copper Valley lakers.

 

Monday, May 30:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Kenai River Early-Run King Salmon Restricted to Catch-and-Release

Summary:  By emergency order, the Kenai River will be restricted to catch-and-release only for king salmon starting Wednesday, June, and continuing through June 30. King salmon of any size may not be retained or possessed and must be released immediately. This order includes the entirety of the Lower/Middle Kenai River from the outlet of Skilak Lake to the river mouth on Cook Inlet. Only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, May 26:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Resurrection River reds, Ninilchik River kings, Cook Inlet halibut, Mat-Su Valley trout lakes, Kasilof kings, Homer and Seward Dolly Varden, and Turnagain Arm/20-Mile River hooligan.

 

Friday, May 20:  First Ship Creek King Salmon of 2022 Season Landed

Summary: The contest over who would catch the first king salmon in Ship Creek is now in the history books. The fish was caught by Dustin Carlos on the incoming tide yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. As such, he collected the main prize as offered by The Bait Shack.

More details can be found on The Bait Shack facebook site.

 

Thursday, May 19:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  Weekly fishing report posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring early returning king and red salmon, Cook Inlet halibut, Mat-Su Valley trout lakes, Homer and Seward Dolly Varden, and Turnagain Arm/20-Mile River hooligan.

 

Thursday, May 19:  Anchor River & Ninilchik River Salmon Sonar/Video/Weir Units Count First King Salmon of 2022 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G sonar unit on Anchor River and the weir at Ninilchik River (Mile 2) passed the first few king salmon of the season on May 15 and May 16, respectively. As of May 17, a total of 6 kings have been counted on the Anchor and still only 1 fish on Ninilchik; the sole Ninilchik king was a hatchery fish.

 

Thursday, May 19:  Little Susitna River Salmon Weir Operational for 2022 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G sonar unit at River Mile 32.5 on the Little Susitna River began operating on May 11. As of May 17, no salmon had been recorded passing upstream. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Thursday, May 19:  Kenai River Early-Run King Salmon Sonar Operational for 2022 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G sonar unit at River Mile 14 on the Kenai River began operating on May 16. As of May 17, no king salmon had been recorded passing upstream. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Thursday, May 19:  Copper River (Miles Lake) Salmon Sonar Operational for 2022 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G sonar unit at Miles Lake on the Copper River began operating on May 17. As of May 18, no salmon had been recorded passing upstream. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Thursday, May 19:  Bear Creek Salmon Weir Operational for 2022 Season

Summary:  The CIAA weir at the outlet of Bear Lake in Seward began operating on May 17. There were no red salmon recorded passing upstream the first day.  Click here for link to CIAA data.

 

Monday, May 16:  Ninilchik River (Mile 2) Salmon Weir Operational for 2022 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir at Mile 2 of the Ninilchik River began operating on May 13. As of May 15, no king salmon had been recorded passing upstream.  The first king last year passed on May 21, in 2020 on May 15, and in 2019 on May 19. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Friday, May 13:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  The third weekly fishing report of the 2022 season posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring early returning king and red salmon, Cook Inlet halibut, Kasilof River steelhead trout, Mat-Su Valley trout lakes, Homer and Seward Dolly Varden, and Turnagain Arm/20-Mile River hooligan.

 

Wednesday, May 11:  Anchor River Salmon Video Operational for 2022 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G video on the North Fork Anchor River began operating on May 5. As of May 11, no king salmon had been recorded passing upstream. The South Fork (Main Fork) sonar unit is not operational at this time and the weir is not in place yet. The first king last year passed on May 21, in 2020 on May 11, in 2019 on May 8, and in 2018 on May 22. The earliest king documented through weir was on May 4 in 2016. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Thursday, May 5:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  The second weekly fishing report of the 2022 season posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Cook Inlet halibut, Kasilof River steelhead trout, Mat-Su Valley trout lakes, Copper Valley burbot and whitefish, Homer Dolly Varden, and Turnagain Arm hooligan.

 

Thursday, April 28:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  The first weekly fishing report of the 2022 season posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section; featuring Cook Inlet halibut, Kenai River rainbow trout, Kasilof River steelhead trout, Mat-Su Valley trout lakes, Copper Valley burbot and whitefish.

 

Monday, March 28:  New Roadside Angler Fishing Report Posted

Summary:  The first fishing report of the 2022 season posted in the Hot Spots of the Week section.

 

Wednesday, February 9:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Retention of Arctic Char/Dolly Varden Prohibited in Fish Creek (Big Lake) Drainage

Summary:  By emergency order, the Fish Creek drainage will be restricted to catch-and-release only for Arctic char/Dolly Varden starting Monday, February 14, and continuing through Saturday, December 31. Arctic char/Dolly Varden of any size may not be retained or possessed and must be released immediately. This order includes Big, Flat, and Mirror lakes.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Wednesday, January 26:  ADF&G Emergency Order: King Salmon Restrictions in the Cook Inlet Salt Waters

Summary:  By emergency order, all waters of Cook Inlet north of Bluff Point will be restricted from an annual limit of five (5) king salmon to two (2) kings starting Sunday, May 1, and continuing through Sunday, July 31. Additionally, king salmon fishing within 1 mile of shore will be closed during this period.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Wednesday, January 26:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Little Susitna River King Salmon Restricted to Catch-and-Release

Summary:  By emergency order, the Little Susitna River will be restricted to catch-and-release only for king salmon starting Sunday, May 1, and continuing through Wednesday, July 13. Additionally, only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used. King salmon of any size may not be retained or possessed, may not be removed from the water, and must be released immediately.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Wednesday, January 26:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Susitna River King Salmon Restricted to Catch-and-Release

Summary:  By emergency order, all of the Susitna River drainage will be restricted to catch-and-release only for king salmon starting Sunday, May 1, and continuing through Wednesday, July 13. Additionally, only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used. King salmon of any size may not be retained or possessed, may not be removed from the water, and must be released immediately. This order affects all roadside waters along the Parks Highway, including Willow, Kashwitna, Sheep, Montana, Talkeetna, and Middle and East forks of Chulitna River.

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Wednesday, January 26:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Changes to King Salmon Limits and Gear in the Ninilchik River

Summary:  By emergency order, the Ninilchik River bag and possession limit for hatchery king salmon is increased from one (1) fish per day to two (2) starting Saturday, May 28, and continuing through Friday, July 15. Additionally, while bait will be allowed, only one single-hook may be used. All wild king salmon (fish with an intact adipose fin) may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

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Wednesday, January 26:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Anchor River and Deep Creek King Salmon Restricted to Catch-and-Release

Summary:  By emergency order, Anchor River and Deep Creek will be restricted to catch-and-release only for king salmon starting Saturday, May 21, through Wednesday, June 22. Additionally, only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used. King salmon of any size may not be retained or possessed, may not be removed from the water, and must be released immediately.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Wednesday, January 26:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Kenai River Late-Run King Salmon Fishery Starting at Catch-and-Release

Summary:  By emergency order, the Kenai River will be closed to the retention of king salmon starting Friday, July 1, through Sunday, July 31. This order is for all areas of the Kenai River from Skilak Lake to Cook Inlet. Additionally, only one unbaited, single-hook may be used. King salmon of any size may not be retained or possessed, may not be removed from the water, and must be released immediately.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Wednesday, January 26:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Kasilof River Late-Run King Salmon Fishery Starting July Limited to Hatchery Fish and No Bait

Summary:  By emergency order, the Kasilof River will be closed to the retention of naturally-produced king salmon starting Friday, July 1, through Sunday, July 31. This order is for all areas of the Kasilof River from Tustumena Lake to Cook Inlet. Additionally, only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used. Hatchery-produced kings, fish with a missing adipose fin, will be allowed for retention with a 1 fish daily bag limit.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Wednesday, January 26:  ADF&G Emergency Order: Kasilof River Early-Run King Salmon Restricted to Hatchery Fish and Single-Hook Only

Summary:  By emergency order, the Kasilof River will be closed to the retention of naturally-produced king salmon starting Sunday, May 1, through Thursday, June 30. This order is for all areas of the Kasilof River from Tustumena Lake to Cook Inlet. Additionally, only one single hook may be used either baited, unbaited, or on an artificial lure. Hatchery-produced kings, fish with a missing adipose fin, will be allowed for retention with a 2 fish daily bag limit.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Saturday, January 1:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  East Cook Inlet Beaches Remain Closed to Sport and Personal Use Clamming in 2022

Summary:  By emergency order, all of the east-side beaches of Cook Inlet will be closed yet again during the 2022 season. This order is for areas from the Homer Spit north along western Kenai Peninsula to the mouth of Kenai River and includes popular sites such as Ninilchik Beach and Clam Gulch.

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