A man fishes in the Kenai River on July 16, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion/file)

A man fishes in the Kenai River on July 16, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion/file)

Coho picking up, fair for the next few weeks

Northern Kenai Fishing Report

A Northern Kenai Fishing Report published by the Department of Fish and Game on Thursday says coho fishing is expected to be at least fair on the Kenai River for the next few weeks.

Freshwater Fishing

Kenai River

The report says that coho fishing “is expected to be fair to good for the next few weeks” in the Lower Kenai River.

Bait and multiple hooks are allowed up to river mile 46.

The department recommends fishing at Centennial Park, Rotary Park, Donald E. Gilman River Center, the Soldotna Visitors Center, Moose Range Meadows or Soldotna Creek Park.

On the Upper Kenai River, coho fishing is “fair and should improve.”

Upstream of the power line near Sportsman’s Landing, the limit is one per day and one in possession, in other waters of the Upper Kenai River the limit is two per day and two in possession.

King salmon caught may not be removed from the water and must immediately be released. The department says coho anglers should avoid areas of the river where king salmon are concentrated and should “cut leaders or lines to avoid stressing incidentally hooked king salmon.”

Fishing for rainbow trout and Dolly Varden in the middle and upper Kenai River, as well as Kenai River tributaries, “has been good.”

Kasilof River

Coho fishing is good. The department recommends fishing from the shore at Crooked Creek State Recreation Site. The bag limit is two per day and two in possession.

Russian River

Coho salmon fishing “should improve over the next couple of weeks,” the report says. The bag limit is one per day and one in possession. All coho removed from the water must be retained and become part of the bag limit of the person who hooked the fish. Coho that are 16 inches or longer may not be removed from the water before being released.

Russian River Recreational Area is closed to all traffic and users for construction on its access road. The Russian River Ferry has also closed for the season.

Resurrection Creek

Coho salmon fishing is “fair,” but “should improve over the next couple of weeks.”

Swanson River

Swanson River coho fishing is good.

Personal Use

Kenai and Kasilof River dipnet fisheries have been closed. Personal use harvest reports were due on Aug. 15.

Local Lakes

Elephant (Spirit) Lake access gate is closed and will remain closed through Sept. 30.

Fishing on local lakes for rainbow trout, Arctic char, Arctic grayling and land locked salmon “is good to excellent.” The report recommends fishing with dry or wet flies such as an egg sucking leech, bead head nymph, or mosquito pattern; small spoons and spinners size #0 or #2; or small bait under a bobber.

Emergency Orders

Please review the emergency orders and advisory announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.

Local Lakes

Emergency Order 2-NP-1-04-23 prohibits the retention of any species of fish in East Mackey, West Mackey and Derks lakes for the 2023 season.

Emergency Order 2-DV-1-03-23 establishes a bag and possession limit of Arctic char/Dolly Varden in Stormy Lake of one fish, less than 16 inches in length for the 2023 season.

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