A sockeye salmon rests atop a cooler at the mouth of the Kasilof River on Monday, June 26, 2023, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

A sockeye salmon rests atop a cooler at the mouth of the Kasilof River on Monday, June 26, 2023, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Sockeye limits upped on Kasilof River

The limits for sockeye salmon fishing on the Kasilof River will increase to six per day and 12 in possession Friday.

The increase will be implemented in “all portions of the Kasilof River open to salmon fishing,” an Advisory Announcement published Wednesday by the Department of Fish and Game says.

According to the announcement, the biological escapement goal for the Kasilof River is 140,000 to 320,000. As of Monday, around 73,000 sockeye have passed the Kasilof’s sonar site. The department is projecting based on the “current escapement” that the run will exceed the goal.

“Increasing the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon allows anglers an opportunity to harvest additional fish on the Kasilof River and another great area to go fishing for sockeye salmon” says Acting Area Management Biologist Jenny Gates in the announcement.

The liberalization follows multiple similar announcements in recent weeks, increasing limits on the Russian River — twice — and Resurrection Bay. Last week the department also increased the open area for dipnetting on the Kasilof River. All of the announcements have cited strong runs of sockeye salmon.

For more information about fishing regulations and availability, visit adfg.alaska.gov.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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