Sunday, July 16, 2017
The last fish of the week was caught by Grant Watt, charter member of the Beaver Creek All-Stars. Grant backbounced this nice fish on an incoming tide Thursday night. Way to go Grant!
For the week ahead, I'm crossing my fingers and toes that the Kenai dirty water will flush out. If so, I anticipate very good fishing. If not, a lot of stories will be told. Also, the first big push of red salmon has not happened yet. A few fish were caught on the banks last week, but it's just a matter of time before the big surge will happen.
Will it or won't it? Come back next week to find out.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
And, what a way to end the week with these two little guys, Oliver and Sylis, who caught a couple of beauties Saturday afternoon. Thumbs up right back at you for doing a wonderful job fighting these fish. You handled it like a couple of old pro's. Kudo's to Ron and Bobbie for the adult assistance as well.
We didn't put every fish caught in the box this week, and I applaud those who released these fine fish. Here's a gorgeous 42" king that Bobbie released. Rick and Tom were also a couple of guys who released fish as well. King karma I like to call it.
For the week ahead, I predict the king fishing should get better, but it's still going to require effort and luck to catch fish daily. In addition, the red salmon are starting to trickle in, and it will be any day now before the first big push will happen.
Come back next week to see how the run is shaping up.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
I started the week fishing part of Team ABC Seamless. Jeff and Wally usually make it to the Kenai a couple of times a summer and have experienced the good and the bad when it comes to fishing. Our only bite of the day was a red salmon that crushed a K16 kwikfish. That's Wally in the photo above. Who says red salmon don't bite lures?
How about this photo? Al was able to hook and fight this fish for about five minutes before it came off next to the boat. Ever the sportsman, Al said he would have released it if we were able to get it into the landing net.
For the week ahead, I am hoping that the daily run of king salmon will be more than the hundred fish a day average we saw last week. If not, my story telling skills are finely honed and I'm not afraid to spin a yarn or two (ask your grandparents what this means or google it). If the Kenai king fishing is quiet, the reports I'm getting for the Russian River is that there's still plenty of fish there. And, my saltwater reports have been excellent. One captain in Homer told me July 1st was his best day of the season.
See you next week.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Tiffany and Dean took advantage of the first day of the regulation change and found a fish they wanted to keep. This fish measured 45", so it was good to go. It definitely fought harder than the walleyes Dean catches in Minnesota.
Dad Dan also got in on the king action and released this fish.
I ended the week fishing with someone who wasn't from Minnesota. This is my good friend Gary Roeder with this first troll of the day beauty. It would have been nice if Phil and Gus would have had some action too, but we were all happy for Gary (well, at least he thinks we were...ha!).
So, my fearless forecast for the week ahead. The early king salmon run is more than 80% complete, and with a large tide cycle, I expect the fishing will be slowing down. I think we'll be able to catch a fish every trip, but I just don't think it will be multiple fish. On the other hand, the Russian River will be smoking. The run has been so strong that the daily limit was increased from three red salmon a day to six salmon a day. If you want to harvest, go there. If you want a peaceful day on the water in pursuit of a trophy king, come to the lower Kenai River.
See you next week for a new report.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
|My dad and my son.|
Looking back at my forecast last week, I was right on one thing, and wrong on another. I was right that the water conditions in the beginning of the week would be marginal, and I was wrong that fishing on Father's Day weekend would be great. I was really hoping that the trips I postponed in the beginning of the week would pay off on the weekend. It wasn't that the weekend was awful, I just thought I'd see more than a handful of fish caught.
As I said, it wasn't awful fishing, it's just that the bites were few and far between. Here's a decent king that Kevin released. This was a twenty pound fish and it was caught within the first half hour of the day. Kevin came to fish, and not harvest, so this was sent back. As the day wore on Kevin did confide that if were a bigger fish he would have kept it. He said sitting in a boat for eight hours without fishing was more painful to him than releasing a twenty pound fish.
And here's another fish that was sent back on it's journey by Mike. I wish I could have got a photo of you releasing the fish, but we will do that next time!
|Guide boats lining up for the 6:00am start.|
Adding to the cute factor this week was this baby moose hanging out around our fish smoker. The little guy is probably wondering when the next batch of fish will be done.
My fearless, forecast for the week ahead is that I'll be on the water for many hours. I'm optimistic that we'll be able to find a few kings that want to bite. If that's not the case, my first hand reports from the Russian River has been that for the people who know what they are doing, the red fishing has been great. Vernon, who I guided on Saturday, said on one day it took him fifteen minutes to catch his three fish limit. On another day, it took an hour.
Tight lines everyone, and see you back here next week.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
|Team George French|
|Team Jerry French|
My forecast for the week ahead on the lower Kenai is that fishing will be tough early in the week. The river should moderate mid week, just in time for the historic peak of the first king run. It could be a great Father's Day weekend to be on the Kenai.....
See you next week.
Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Or I should say, it's happening.
Because of the volatility the last few years during the early Kenai king run, my bookings have been down. A big part of this is because Jane and I have been steering most of our business into late summer and into fall. Rarely is fishing restricted or closed. In other words, it's much more predictable and it's an easier "sell". I know it's going to take some time for people to have confidence in the early run fishery, but right now the fishing has been pretty good and it's been a joy running up and down the river with so few people out there.
One guy that's been busy guiding this early in the season has been my ol' buddy Jeff King. Let's just say, he's been ripping it up. You can read about his adventures and see photos of the kings he's caught if you click here. Well done, Jeff, well done...
My calendar is light this week but I should be out fishing several times. The conditions and sonar numbers remain good so I expect the king salmon fishing to be that way as well.
A side note. Based on how many jumping red salmon that that I've watched this week, I think the Russian River red salmon opener on June 11th should be a good one. It's getting to be that time of year to dust off the combat gear and to practice yelling "FISH ON!"
See you next week.
Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service