Fearing that not enough of the Kasilof River early-run king salmon are making it upriver to spawn, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Friday implemented a series of restrictions on the fishery.
The daily bag limit of one king salmon larger than 20 inches and 10 kings smaller than 20 inches is limited to hatchery-raised king salmon, which are denoted by the lack of an adipose fin.
Wild fish <> denoted by the presence of the small, fleshy adipose fin between the dorsal fin and tail <> must be released immediately.
Bait is still allowed, but fishing guides, while in the presence of clients, are no longer permitted to fish.
For each of the last three seasons, the early run of king salmon in the Kasilof did not meet Fish and Game's minimum escapement goal of 650 fish, area biologist Larry Marsh said.
Russian reds bonanza
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has seen enough Russian River sockeye salmon get upstream <> the escapement numbers are projected to be well within the target range of 14,000 to 37,000 fish <> that the agency has opened the sanctuary area. As of Saturday, anglers had the run of the upper Kenai River and the legal fishing areas of the Russian for the pursuit of sockeyes. Fishing has reportedly been excellent.
Lens-eye view of bruins
Tonight at 7, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies will host a lecture and slide show titled, "Photographing Bears and Living to Tell About It," presented by wildlife photographer Roy Toft and local bear expert Derek Stonorov.
The presentation, the first of the center's Thursday night lecture series, will be at the Center of Alaskan Coastal Studies building on Lake Street. A $10 donation is recommended. For more information, call 235-6667.
Kasilof tour on tap
The Kachemak Bay Heritage Land Trust is sponsoring a historic tour of Kasilof on Saturday, with a 9 a.m. departure from the Kasilof Mercantile on the Sterling Highway.
Teacher and historian Teri Carter will take participants through the old cannery watch cabin as well as the Victor Holm cabin. The half-day tour will be repeated on July 13.
"Ways" author to read
John Wolfe Jr., co-author with Helen Nienhueser of "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska," will give a slide show and book talk at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Public Library. The 5th edition of the guidebook details a number of wilderness adventures on the Kenai Peninsula, including hiking in the Grewingk Glacier area and the hike from Dimond Creek to Anchor Point beach.