Chapter 3 Results

Kenai Peninsula Trout Unlimited volunteers preparing for fieldwork at Suneva Lake in August 2021.

Figure 3.1: Kenai Peninsula Trout Unlimited volunteers preparing for fieldwork at Suneva Lake in August 2021.

Note: all fishing effort and capture results are current as of 2022-03-01.

3.1 Fish capture

Since initiation of fieldwork in summer 2021:

  • We have conducted a total of 35 sampling events at 22 unique sites. See the project map in the Methods section (“Site selection”) for a current summary of where and when sampling events have occurred.

    • Table 3.1 summarises total samping events by individual site. We typically sampled a site only one time each in summer 2021, with the exception of two sites: “Lower Soldotna Creek,” and “Soldotna Creek Parcel.” Both of these sites are highlighted in further detail in the “Discussion” section.
  • We have captured 1607 fish comprised of 12 unique species. Table 3.2 summarizes current fish capture count by species.

  • Table 3.3 summarizes total fish capture for each species by site.

Table 3.1: Total site visits
site n
Bernice Culvert 1
Bird Lake 1
Bird Pond 1
Lief Hansen Park 1
Lower Beaver Creek 1
Lower Soldotna Creek 11
McLain Lake NE 1
North Fork Anchor River 1
North Nikiski Lake 1.1 1
North Nikiski Lake 1.2 1
North Nikiski Lake 2 1
Salamatof Creek 1
Snag Lake South 1
Soldotna Creek Parcel 4
Suneva Lake 2
Unknown Nikiski Creek 1 1
Unknown Nikiski Lake 1 1
Unknown Nikiski Lake 2 1
Upper Ohmer Lake 1
WalMart Creek 1
West Beck Lake 1 1
West Beck Lake 2 1


Table 3.2: Total fish capture count by species
species n
Chinook salmon 5
coho salmon 164
Dolly Varden 8
lamprey-unspecified 103
ninespine stickleback 5
Pacific salmon-unspecified 225
rainbow trout 40
sculpin-unspecified 4
slimy sculpin 103
sockeye salmon 1
stickleback-unspecified 839
threespine stickleback 110


Table 3.3: Total fish capture count by species at each site. In the Online document, use scroll bars to see the full table.
site Chinook salmon coho salmon Dolly Varden lamprey-unspecified ninespine stickleback Pacific salmon-unspecified rainbow trout sculpin-unspecified slimy sculpin sockeye salmon stickleback-unspecified threespine stickleback
Lower Soldotna Creek 5 79 1 3 3 0 32 0 76 1 1 0
Lower Beaver Creek 0 16 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
North Nikiski Lake 1.1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 0 0 0
North Nikiski Lake 1.2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 49
Soldotna Creek Parcel 0 65 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Upper Ohmer Lake 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
North Fork Anchor River 0 0 0 100 0 225 0 4 0 0 0 0
Unknown Nikiski Lake 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bird Lake 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
McLain Lake NE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 194 0
North Nikiski Lake 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
Snag Lake South 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 44 0
West Beck Lake 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 76 0
Bernice Culvert 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 51 0
Salamatof Creek 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 445 0
Suneva Lake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 51
Unknown Nikiski Lake 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 8
West Beck Lake 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2


3.2 Anadromous habitat

Fish capture data and supporting documentation was submitted to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Winter 2022. Sites where anadromous fish have not previously been documented may be considered for addition to the Anadromous Waters Catalog. Pending acceptance of these data, the current estimate for total new stream kilometers that will be added to the AWC in 2021 is 0.46 km. See the Discussion section for further details on factors influencing yearly totals.