Here are a few tips for enjoying your fishing experience while ensuring that your activity does not damage the delicate Kenai River habitat.
• Use developed trails, stairs into the river or boardwalks designed for fishing.
• Respect posted bank fishing closure areas and do not fish or trespass in these areas.
• Move away from the water’s edge when walking up or downstream.
• Stand in the water while fishing and use hip or chest waders to avoid standing on the bank.
• Avoid steep banks, trampling and damaging vegetation, and water-saturated soils when bank fishing.
• Help educate others about ways to protect fish habitat.
• Always launch and retrieve boats at a developed launch site.
• Select either an exposed or protected site when beaching your boat to avoid crushing bank vegetation.
• Minimize damage from boat wakes whenever possible by lowering speeds, transporting fewer passengers, and traveling in mid-channel.
• Respect other anglers. Avoid crowding out other anglers who may have arrived before you did, if necessary wait for your turn to fish.
• Boaters fishing in crowded conditions should follow the established pattern of other boaters already fishing: if they are all drifting, you should drift too, if they are back trolling, don’t try to drift in that area, etc. Never attempt to anchor your boat in a traffic channel or primary fishing channel.
• Know the status of the lands you plan to fish. If private property, only fish there if you have the owner’s permission to use the property.
• Use latrines or other rest rooms whenever provided. Never trespass on private property for rest room breaks!
• Be patient with others on crowded days. Remember that everyone is out on the river to have a good time.
Before venturing out, be sure to have your fishing license on your person and be aware of current Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations for the area you are planning to fish. Current regulation guides are available at the Soldotna Visitor Center.
For more information, visit Alaska Department of Fish & Game online at www.adfg.alaska.gov or call your local office in Soldotna at (907) 262-9368.
Local Escapement Recording: (907) 262-9097
Fishing Report: (907) 262-2737