Alaska ADFG Fish Counts
7 Years Of Historical ADFG
Real-time Daily ADFG Fish Counts Updates For All Your Favorite Rivers And Species Of Fish.
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Using ADFG Fish Counts is the best way to understand what’s happening in all the major fisheries around the state. It’s a pretty good bet that Alaska may have the most actively managed fisheries in the world. There is tremendous pressure put on these fisheries by a large number of diverse user groups. These user groups include commercial fishing, subsistence fishing, personal use fishing, and sport fishing to name a few. To make matters even more complex, these fish migrate through international waters which increases management complexity. The best methodology to understand the health of each population is to count the number of returning fish each year – this is what is known as fish counts. ADFG Fish Counts are provided by all the great work Alaska Department of Fish and Game does.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game, including federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, operate weirs, towers, and different types of sonar units around the state to count returning salmon populations. As the salmon return each summer, the salmon are counted, literally as close to 1 by 1 as possible, and should projections not meet minimum numbers, or exceed should they be expected to significantly exceed maximum numbers, changes can be administered to restrict or sometimes even liberalize the fisheries.
Kenai River King Salmon ADFG Fish Counts
Kenai River King Salmon Available Fishing Dates: 5/15 – 7/31
Kenai River King Salmon Best Fishing Times Early-Run: June 1- June 16
Kenai River King Salmon Best Fishing Times Late-Run: July 11 – July 31
Kenai River Sockeye Salmon ADFG Fish Counts
Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Available Fishing Dates: 7/1 – 8/20
Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Best Fishing Times: 7/1- 8/20
Kasilof River Sockeye Salmon ADFG Fish Counts
Kasilof River Sockeye Salmon Available Fishing Dates: 6/15 – 8/20
Kasilof River Sockeye Salmon Best Fishing Times Early-Run: 6/20 – 8/15
Russian River Sockeye Salmon ADFG Fish Counts
Russian River Sockeye Salmon Available Fishing Dates: 6/11 – 8/30
Russian River Sockeye Salmon Best Fishing Times Early-Run: 6/11- 7/1
Russian River Sockeye Salmon Best Fishing Times Late-Run: 7/22- 8/11
*Note: The Russian River sockeye salmon are counted several miles above where you can sport-fish for them. Therefore, peak time are actually about 5-7 days BEFORE the actual counts.
All Kenai Peninsula ADFG Fish Counts
Want to know more details and deep dive about the fish counts on the Kenai Peninsula? Follow the links below to learn about the fish counts and when to fish all of the Kenai Peninsula’s major rivers and salmon species. Kenai River King Salmon (early run / late run), Kenai River Sockeye Run, Russian River Sockeye (early-late), Anchor River Chinook, Ninilchik River Chinook, Deep Creek Chinook