Record Numbers Passing Headed Up Kenai River

They have never seen so many red salmon in the Kenai River before. What must have been the peak of the Sockeye run passed the Fish and Game department’s sonar on Sunday – a one-day record peak of 230,600 fish.  Fishery managers say that’s not all.  They believe only about a third of the run has come up the river so far.

This is the first count with the new sonar.  The previous record was 218,000, set on July 21, 1987.  The data base starts in 1978.

Reportedly it was a great weekend for dipnetters, and many are hoping that luck continues Tuesday.

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