Red salmon number surge on Kenai River

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2008

ANCHORAGE - The reds are in.

Fish and Game officials say the Kenai Peninsula has "just blown up," with tens of thousands of red salmon surging into the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.

On Wednesday, 68,000 reds swam past the Fish and Game sonar on the Kenai River.

Farther south, a similarly strong red run up the Kasilof prompted Fish and Game on Thursday to double the bag and possession limits to six reds per day, 12 in possession.

More than 140,000 reds have been counted in the Kasilof this season, despite heavy commercial fishing.

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