Author's note: The December/January 2003 issue of Alaska magazine contained a photo-essay about the Kenai River, in which I wrote: "The Kenai River is many things to many people. People float down it in rafts and zoom up it in motorboats.
It has been a rough couple of years for Cook Inlet fishermen. The Kenai River guide industry has been dealt a crippling blow by the ongoing decline in returning king salmon that is deterring visitors from coming...
...article has been corrected to correct the spelling of Layton Van Lier's name. During the seven-year period that the Kenai River Guide Academy has been mandatory for Kenai River guides the changing fishery has affected what people fish for, how...
Bruce Ewitt guided on the Kenai River for 11 years before he quit after the 2012 fishing season and shifted his efforts toward king salmon returning to the Columbia River.
The so called attempt to save the Kenai River king salmon on the backs of the eastside setnetters is the biggest boondoggle I've ever witnessed in my lifetime by the so called experts employed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. I was born here in Alaska in 1949, have spent almost all of my 63 years on the Kenai Peninsula involved in commercial fishing at some level from a very young age from drifting the Inlet with my Dad to running my own setnet site at Humpy Point, beginning in the 1950s through the present.
When the Alaska Legislature starts its session on Jan. 18, they'll begin to discuss a number of bills already filed that could affect residents and visitors on the Kenai Peninsula.
For the first time, every guide on the Kenai River this summer will need to have passed the Kenai River Guide Academy.
I expect Greg is sincere in his concern for the survival of Kenai kings, but, in my opinion, he needs to reconsider a couple of things.1- Let's stop pretending that over-escapement is a myth; there's too much credible biology to the contrary. Alaska salmon biology recognizes the consequences of putting too many salmon in a system with a limited nutrient source. This is science...not opinion.
On Aug. 16, my wife and I embarked on what we hoped would be an enjoyable day fishing for silvers on the Kenai River.
With a goal of introducing youths to the joys of fishing while providing an educational experience, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski hosted the second annual Kenai River Jr. Classic last week, in cooperation with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA), Young Marines, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southcentral Alaska. ?These kids had the time of their life catching silvers today. This event is living the motto of ?Caring for the Kenai.? As these young people participate in what the resource offers they understand the resource and the river itself. Having the opportunity to be out with guides who not only teach them how to be successful as an angler, but how to be successful in protecting the river, so the Jr. Classic with our theme: ?Take me Fishing? is really a win for the kids, who are making memories that will last a lifetime, and a win for all Alaskans as these young people learn to appreciate our environment,? Murkowski told the Dispatch.
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