The Alaska Board of Fisheries [BOF] met this past week to vote on another round of proposals to change fisheries regulations in Alaska. Among them was Proposal 238.
PROPOSAL 238 – 5 AAC 57.120. General provisions for seasons, bag, possession, and size limits, and methods and means for the Kenai River Drainage Area. Expand rainbow trout spawning closure from the outlet of Skilak Lake to the Upper Killey River to include Dolly Varden as follows:
No fishing from April 15 – June 11 on the Kenai River from 1/4 mile of the outlet of Skilak Lake downstream to the upper (northern) edge of the Upper Killey River.
ISSUE:Anglers targeting spawning rainbow trout via a loophole that allows fishing for Dolly Varden between Outlet of Skilak Lake down to the Upper Killey River section of the Kenai River between April 14 – June 11.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF NOTHING IS DONE?Spawning closure for rainbow trout is being exploited by those fishing for Dolly Varden which threatens the larger, spawning population of rainbow trout in the Kenai River.
WILL THE QUALITY OF THE RESOURCE HARVESTED OR PRODUCTS PRODUCED BE IMPROVED?Preserves and protects spawning Kenai River rainbow trout for future anglers. 210
WHO IS LIKELY TO BENEFIT? All ethical anglers.
WHO IS LIKELY TO SUFFER?Those that are pretending to be fishing for Dolly Varden in this high density area of spawning rainbow trout.
OTHER SOLUTIONS CONSIDERED?A shorter closed season such as May 1 – June 14 but we were concerned about allowing more opportunity in this area based on not having the proper window closure to protect the rainbows and about the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Swan Sanctuary being closed during the matching time of April 14 – June 14 (three day difference).
PROPOSED BY:Kenai River Professional Guide Association (HQ-07F-408)
Much to the dismay of some
fisherman unethical pieces of s!@#, the BOF voted to amend the current regulations and close the stretch of river below Skilak Lake to Upper Killey River to the unethical practice of pretending to fish for dolly varden and targeting large spawning rainbows. What these loser, unethical pieces of s!@# would do is fish over the spawning rainbows “targeting” dolly varden and “accidentally” hooking a rainbow.
Glad to see this come to an end.