Sunday, August 12, 2018

Fishing Report Week Ending 8/12/18

Lot's of fish in the river, and lot's of good people in my boat. What more could a fishing guide ask for?
I started the week fishing Team Minnesota. From left to right is Toby, Maggie, Shala, and Terry. Not only did they slay the fish in the boat, they also caught a ton of fish off the dock as well. It's always a positive when you can get out of bed in the morning and walk down to the dock and catch a salmon. Hey guys, I know this was your first trip to Alaska, but I really don't think it will be your last. Jane and I look forward to seeing you all again some time soon.
The next day I had a boat full of women, and they sure do like to fish (they fished two other days with Jeff King). Marjorie was all smiles with the first silver of the morning.
Barbara had to kiss her first silver salmon.
Carol and Kathy with back to back silvers.
Here's Team California showing off their haul.
It's not often I post multiple photos of the same people, but I really like the expressions on these two. Here's Chuck with his first silver.
His wife Pam was not be outdone.
Here's another one...
And another one....
What was fun fishing with Chuck and Pam, in addition to the conversations, is that we were able to catch fish using several different techniques. We caught them on Kwikfish, spinner baits, and on a bobber with salmon eggs. This is one of the many reasons why I like silver/pink fishing: there's not one method that will catch fish. Being able to try different things each day keeps it interesting for me.

My fishing forecast for the week ahead will be more of the same. This is the front of the peak of the first run of silvers/pinks, and unless all the fish came in early, we should all have sore backs and arms by the next report...I'll see you next week.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Fishing Report Week Ending 8/5/18

A silver salmon sunrise on the Kenai.
After a tumultuous king and red fishing season, it's really nice to experience a bit of normalcy on the Kenai River. The pink salmon are in thick, and there's quite a few silvers mixed in there too. It almost makes me forget about May, June, and July. Almost, almost...
Before I get on to the August report, Ken and Debbie fished with me on the last day of July. This was suppose to be a king trip, but since it was catch and release only, the two of them wanted to do a red salmon trip instead. Here they are with the last limit of red salmon for the year (and a few pinks as well). These guys are pretty good at the Kenai flip, so I know they'll be pretty good at catching kings. I can't wait to see that happen.  
August 1st was the first day of targeting silver and pink salmon 100%. It started out with a bang. Good numbers of fish, coupled with the use of bait, really kept the rods bending all day. Here's Scott with one of many nice silvers that found their way to the net.
Team Hallock
Here's the rest of Scott's crew. That's Cody, Colton, Grandpa Jim, Ryan, and Scott. I had a blast talking all things hockey and fishing with you guys (two of my favorite subjects). And, I apologize if I offended any of you by only using Scott in a single photo. I found it interesting that he's the only one wearing an ice fishing coat and pants in August. I wonder what he'd wear in October...
Anna, along with grandpa Dan and grandma Mary, sure knows how to get it done. When she got on the boat I asked her how old she was. She said "ten". Perfect. I told her she would catch her age in salmon today and that she did. This little feat gave her bragging rights over her older siblings. You see, I fished them years ago and I knew if she caught her age in fish she would catch more than her brother and sister. Way to go Anna!!!
The next day, my friends Mike and Nicole made Beaver Creek Cabins one of their stops during their trip to Alaska. Plenty of fish and sunshine greeted us.
The formula was repeated the following morning (except we kept less pink salmon). All I can say is what a great way to end the week. Hey guys, Jane and I look forward to the next time we see each other.

So if you ask me for my fishing forecast for the week ahead I would say it will be more of the same. The run is just beginning and by all measures it looks like this will be a strong one. Hope springs eternal...

Come back next week to see how accurate my prediction is.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fishing Report Week Ending 7/29/18

It was interesting week of king fishing, red fishing, silver fishing, and pink fishing. We were able to catch a little bit of each on an given day. Here's my awesome crew on Tuesday braving a full day of rain. From left to right is Mike, LeeAnn, Kelvin, and Ray. We focused on king salmon all day and it wasn't until the two minute warning that Mike finally got a king to the boat. Unfortunately, only video tape was rolling and no one took a photo of the fish. It was a beauty. I would conservatively estimate Mike's fish to weigh about 45lbs. Way to go Mike! After several misses last year, you were finally able to cross off your list catching a Kenai king.

The next day I took Kelvin and Mike out to try their luck for red salmon. It wasn't hot fishing, but we managed to catch these.
Miller, Miller, Miller, Stacken, and Holtan. Sounds like a new law firm on the Kenai. Do you think I had fun this day? You betcha.
We targeted kings, had a couple of them on, and ended up catching a nice batch of pink salmon. No one processes fish and game better than Dick and these fish are destined for his smoker.
I finished out the week fishing these guys, Team Arizona. I had a wonderful day netting reds, pinks, and silver salmon for Terry, Rob, Eric, and Wade.
Wade proudly shows off the first of what I hope will be many, Kenai river silver salmon.
Here's Rob and Eric showing off a couple of red salmon.

The roller coaster ride of a king/red season is now in the rear view, and my full effort switches to silver and pink salmon. If last week was an indicator of what is to come, I feel pretty good about how the fishing year will end.

See you next week for a current Kenai river report.

RIP uncle Hughie, RIP....

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Emergency Order: Red Salmon Restrictions

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced that on Monday, July 30th, the red salmon limit on the Kenai River will be reduced from three to one fish. Details can be found here.

It's been a bumpy ride....

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Fishing Report Week Ending 7/22/18

King George.

That's it. That's the last retained Kenai king for the 2018 season and I couldn't be happier that it was with my good friend, and AlCan running buddy, George French. George and I have had a lot of firsts together, but this will be his first, last...

How was the week? Well, after Tuesday the river became catch and release for king salmon and I would say the fishing was fair. We had bites every trip, but not everyone caught a king. The amazing thing to me is that everyone was okay with that (at least that's what they all told me).

Here's Team Florida after a day on the water. That's Jimmie, George, Rodney, and William. It was a pleasure to fish and swap a few stories with you guys.
Here's Team New Hampshire. That's Dave, Derek, and Tim. This is a quality family spending quality time together. As Will Jahrig would say, the least important part of fishing is fishing...
After staying in our cabins a few years ago, I finally got to spend a day on the water with Cheryl and Doug (Jane jumped in for the photo). I look forward to our silver trip in 2019. 
I also had the pleasure to spend three days on the water with John and Kris. They are both teachers from the town I grew up in. That's Kris in the back of the boat fighting a salmon.
And, here she is posing with one of two pink salmon she caught. If your name is Gary Blinn, I know you'll be happy to hear this news so early in the year.
Here's John releasing a king. Hey guys, thanks for your patience and for wanting to king fish when the river became catch and release. Fishing wasn't always good during your stay, but your approach and attitudes were second to none. 
This is my old college buddy Ray with a nice Kenai king release. This guy does a lot of fishing and it was great to see him so excited with his first ever Kenai king.
This photo is a little out sequence, but this is a 45-50lb king that Rodney released. This is the largest fish of the year in my boat so far, but we still have one week to go. 
Finally, I'll end this post with a red salmon report. Fishing has definitely been picking up. There have been steady pulses of reds coming through with most anglers catching their limit. This morning, we definitely had a nice pulse. Here's part of my dipnet crew. Many of you may recognize this young man as Alec Laflamme. Alec has been fishing with me for over fifteen years and holds my boat record for the largest fish ever caught. When he was 14 years old he landed a behemoth of a king weighing 84lbs. Great kid, and many great times.

Well, that's it. I've got a full week ahead of fishing and who knows how it will turn out. Kings, reds, trout, humpies, I only know whatever it is it will be doing it at 100%...

See you next week.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Emergency Order: Kenai kings go to catch and release.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced effective July 18th until July 31st, the Kenai River king salmon fishery will be catch and release only. The details of the emergency order can be found here.

Due to low king numbers, this action was taken to help insure future fishing opportunities. In the meantime, we'll be doing a combination of king salmon release trips, trout trips, and if it's about filling a fish box, we'll chase red salmon. Jane and I will be contacting our guests to let you know of these changes.

Long live the kings!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fishing Report Week Ending 7/15/18

Finally, more fish photos than animal photos.

Here's the unbiased fishing report in a nutshell: although we caught some salmon this past week, the amount of rod hours fished per fish caught was very high. Once again, it was a combination of low fish counts, high water, and lots of fisherman. But as you can see in the photo above, these factors did not stop Marcia from doing what she does best on the Kenai....catch fish! She's two for two while fishing with me. Last year she caught a beautiful king, and this year as well. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

Marcia and her husband Dick came to Alaska last year by themselves. This year the came with Marcia's brother Mike, and sister-in-law Karen. With two women and two men in the boat, I knew who'd catch the next fish. Here's Karen's first ever Kenai king. Do you think Mike was happy for her? Next year will be your time, Mike....
Dick was all smiles when he caught this hard earned king salmon. Unfortunately, Dick had the story of the "one that got away". Here's a quick backstory. Just before this fish found his lure, he had a beautiful 30lb plus king next to the boat. As I was about to net it the lure came out of it's mouth. We all thought this fish "spit the hook" but with closer inspection we found the hook on the kwikfish lure failed and broke off at the swivel. It was heartbreak for us all, but at least the Salmon Gods listened and offered up this consolation prize. Well done, Dick, well done. 
The next day we struggled with Rudy, Salomon, and John going fishless. But I finished up the week fishing Don and his son Ryan. Don lives in South Dakota and Ryan lives in Calgary, Alberta. These two fished with another guide for two days this week and did not have a bite. They were due for some action. On the second troll of this morning Don fooled this king into biting. Not only will this fish end up on his barbecue grill, it will also end up on his wall. Don is a taxidermist and he's going to mount it. Way to go Don! 
Dick, Marcia, Karen, and Mike
Thought I'd include this photo of Team Minnesota and their haul while fishing in Homer. They had a trip with our friends at Tall Tale Charters, who never disappoint. 
Okay, how could I not end this post with a photo of  momma moose and her calf. All week these two have been spending their mornings hanging out at the cabins. Just one of the many things that makes the Kenai special.

Speaking of special, this next week will be very interesting. Historically, this time frame is the peak of the late king and red salmon run. Right now, both species have been slow to appear and the whole community is holding their breath hoping for a nice push of fish. If not, there will be a lot of sleepless nights ahead.

Come back next week to see if I slept at all. Until then, tight lines...

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