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Personal Use Fishing

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Personal Use fishermen on the Kenai River

Personal use fishing in Cook Inlet waters is open to all Alaskan residents and is accessible by boat or by shore in several designated areas.  One of the most popular fishing areas is the mouth and first few river miles of the Kenai River, and the mouth of the Kasilof River.  These fisheries attract tens of thousands of Alaskans each year, with an annual sockeye harvest of over 500,000 fish since 2011.  Harvesters are required to use a long-handled net, commonly referred to as a dipnet (thus giving the personal use fishery the name “dipnet” fishery), and must have a harvest card that they fill out and submit after the season has closed.

You can learn more about personal use fishing on the Kenai and other rivers at the following links: