From an ADF&G press release:
The sport fishing bag and possession limit for salmon 16 inches or longer, except for king and coho salmon, in the Kenai River will be increased to six beginning Thursday,
July 21. This does not include the Russian River and the Upper Kenai River “fly-fishing-only waters” near the Russian River.
The bag and possession limit for the Russian River and the Kenai River “fly-fishing-only waters” near the Russian River remains three a day and in possession. A complete description of the Kenai River/Russian River “fly-fishing-only waters” is found on page 51 of the 2011 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet.
The Kenai River Late-Run Sockeye Salmon Management Plan allows the department to increase bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon when the late-run of Kenai River sockeye salmon exceeds 2.3 million salmon.
As of July 20, 2011, the department
projects the Kenai River sockeye salmon late-run exceeds 2.3 million fish and anticipates the optimal escapement goal (700,000 to 1,400,000 sockeye salmon) will be achieved. Therefore, it is warranted to increase the bag and possession limit for salmon, other than king salmon, to six a day and in possession, of which no more than two may be coho.
Anglers are reminded to review the Kenai River riverbank closures for habitat protection regulations described on pages 52 and 53 of the 2011 Southcentral Alaska
Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet. In addition, please respect riverbank restoration projects and private property in the Kenai River corridor.
For additional information, contact Area Management Biologist Robert Begich, or Assistant Area Management Biologist Jason Pawluk at (907) 262-9368.