For the first time in its 20-year history, the Kenai River Classic will target silver salmon instead of king salmon.
Rashah McChesney of the Peninsula Clarion reports that after two years of catch-and-release chinook salmon fishing, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association changed the annual three-day fishing invitational from July to August in an effort to ease fishing pressure on struggling chinook stocks – that according to Ricky Gease, executive director of KRSA.
The 2013 Classic will now be held August 19th through the 21st.
Participants pay $4,000 per person for two days of fishing and two nights of lodging and several other amenities. The remainder of the fee is donated to KRSA. The event has raised more than $12 million in the last 15 years, according to a KRSA media release.