Kings still slow in ADF&G Sportsfishing Report

May 30, 2018

In the latest Kenai Peninsula freshwater sports fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, angling for early run king salmon is still slow on both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.

The water is clear and low in the Kenai River, and there's seems to be a little more early success on the Kasilof near the Cooked Creek State Recreation Site.

Sport fishing for salmon in the Upper Kenai River and the Russian River do not open until June 11.

Personal use hooligan fishing on the Kenai River has dropped off and is reported as slow, while lake fishing for trout should be improving with warming lake temperatures.

This week's report also reminds anglers that many other flowing waters were closed by regulation on May 1 to sport fishing to protect spawning fish.

The report notes that Spirit, also known as Elephant Lake, and Island Lakes have recently been stocked with catchable Arctic char, and Johnson Lake has recently been stocked with catchable rainbow trout.

Stormy Lake and those in the Soldotna Creek Drainage are limited to catch and release only in an effort to help native fish rebound after the chemical removal of invasive northern pike.