The late sockeye run on the Kenai has gained some late momentum this week. Several days of 30,000 to 40,000 fish per day into the river is moving the run closer to its million fish minimum escapement.
The jury is still out on whether this was a small or late run or both. But there’s no doubt it’s been a disappointing year for sport and personal use fishermen. While commercial fishermen got most of the early fish in the run–by no coincidence when sockeye prices were higher.
It’s too late for dip netters but sport fishermen can still get some reds theoughout the river.
Fishing in the upper river and Russian in particular has been excellent this week.
So get them now if you want them. This run will certainly end soon.