Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fishing Report Week Ending 8/20/16

I'm changing up my fishing report. I usually post on Sunday's but since the Gary Blinn group is here for three weeks it works better if I do it on a Saturday.  How did the week go?  Well, the river, the saltwater fishing, and fly out trips have been a bit difficult for silver salmon. On the river, we've had up to five boats fishing and only a few times have boats been able to limit out. Individuals have been catching their limit, but on most days the boat hasn't filled out. Oh well, at least we have pink salmon as an alternative when the bite is slow for silver salmon.

Tracy is pictured above with a silver that hit before we could get all of our lines in.  He got his second one fifteen minutes later. It would have been nice if the rest of the day was like that but we only managed to get two more. We ended the day catching pinks and said "uncle" when our arms got tired.
Brandon has the award for the most exciting fight of the week.  At one point this fish ran at least five feet out of the water and up on the gravel bank before it found our net. This is what makes a silver salmon a silver salmon. 
Here's Volker, his daughter Kirsten, and granddaughter Bella proudly posing with the days catch (truth test: not all of these fish were from our boat).
How could you not like this trooper? Five year old Sebastien fished the river three days, the saltwater one day, and also did a fly in trip. Here he is catching a nap in the rain before the silver bite started to happen.
Here's Sebastien's dad Jeff with a nice silver.
Here's a scrappy silver that found Ben's line.  
Terry caught this quick limit before seven o'clock. It's hard to put your fishing rod away for the day, but when you retain two silver salmon on the Kenai River in August, you have have to stop fishing. Terry said he could think of worse things to do then sit on a boat on such a gorgeous river.
Here's the Grand Poobah, Gary Blinn, holding two silver salmon caught in the afternoon on an incoming tide. 

Tomorrow is the start of Blinn Week #2. I'm hoping the run of silver salmon is just late and not indicative of a weak run. If we're not catching all of our silver salmon you know we'll be out catching a bunch of pink salmon. What a great Plan B.

See you next week for a new report.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fishing Report Week Ending 8/14/16

This past week the pink salmon fishing has been hot and the silver salmon fishing is picking up. Yeah!

Pictured above is Travis, his son Trenton, John, father and grandfather of the two, and Eric, my neighbor. Not a bad way to start off the week.
The next two days I fished John, Travis, and Trenton again. We caught a ton of pinks over the two days, but only managed to land 4 silvers. Thanks for coming back a second time this season John, and I look forward to our days together in 2017.
On Saturday I had a late morning trip with John, Sham, and Gary. The afternoon tide had the right amount of silvers and we were able to limit out in a couple of hours. That was good because the boys were starting to run out of beer.
Sunday was the beginning of "Gary Blinn Week #1". We caught one silver early on this day and missed several before we switched over to casting for pinks. After getting worn out reeling in a bunch of pinks, we switched over to the more sedentary technique of sitting on anchor and focused our efforts on catching silver salmon. It paid off. It didn't take six year old Bella long to catch this silver. 

And her 5 year old brother, Sebastien, wasn't going to let his sister out do him.

In all, we brought 5 silvers to the boat (and kept a couple of bright pinks).  Great job Grandpa Voulker, son-in-law Jeff, granddaughter Bella, and grandson Sebastien. You're attitudes were infectious. 

For the week ahead, I'll be fishing more of the "Gary Blinn Week #1" crew.  If the silver fishing isn't consistent you know we'll be chucking spinners and spoons to catch those pinks. 

See you next week.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fishing Report Week Ending 8/7/16

The pink salmon fishing has been hot. Silver fishing....not so much.

Alec Laflamme, pictured above, has caught a lot of fish with me over the years. In fact, as a fourteen year old he caught the largest king salmon ever in my boat. However, this past July he was on a king trip with me during the peak of the run and everybody in the boat caught a king that day but Alec. A week after the king season closed his dad, grandma, and grandpa were booked for a couple of days of fishing and Alec decided to join up with them. After catching multiple pinks and this silver, he proudly announced, "the streak is over!"  I'm glad it is too.

There's grandma Janet on the left fighting a pink while Alec, and his dad, Todd look on.
Grandpa Dean-O was wore out from reeling in pinks on Saturday so he decided to stay out of the rain and let us fish Sunday morning.  How could we not have good luck with a send off like that? Dean-O, Janet, thanks for the good times this summer (I hate to see it end) and I'll see you down the road. Safe travels to the both of you.
Here's a great family photo. From left to right is Patricia, Rains, Georgia, and John. We started fishing at noon and the first fish to the boat was a silver. I thought we would be on the silvers for the whole day, but that wasn't the case. We did, however, catch pink after pink after pink. They are beautiful this year. They're big, bright, and are putting up a tremendous fight.
Here was another successful day on the water. From left to right is Mike, Bob, and Harold. Mike "The Fish Whisperer" is Harold's twelve year old grandson and Bob just happened to be in the area and gave us a call (not related to the other two). The first fish of the day was a silver and I thought, "here we go!" Well, that was the one and only silver of the trip. After catching nearly fifty pinks and one red salmon, it was time to call it a day.

The forecast: the week ahead will certainly see us catching plenty of pinks. I'm a little less certain about the silver salmon. We'll hit it hard and let you know how it goes.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Fishing Report Week Ending 7/31/16

It's over. You can close the books on the 2016 Kenai king season. I'm still in a hazy, semi-conscious state of mind and will probably be more objective after a couple of nights of sleep, but I would say this season was pretty darn good.  Not everyone who jumped in my boat caught a fish, but at no time did I feel like the river was "dead" and we wouldn't have a chance at catching a fish. It was nice to have a normal season.

Above is John with the first fish of the week.  It took us awhile to find it but it was worth the wait.
John's brother Lynn followed up with his first Kenai king. Not huge, but scrappy.
Bryanna showed us that girls in pink hats rock!  What a great first fish ever.
Her husband Jared let her catch the first fish, but he had to catch the bigger fish.
Here's Wayne with a first troll in the afternoon fish.  He told me that he's fished with me three times over the past ten years and he's a perfect three for three for kings. How's that for luck?
Tanna had to show her husband that women out fish men on the Kenai.
John said he was happy to let her catch the biggest fish of the day. He's still proud of his fish, though.
The next morning John had the first take down and after a ten minute fight lost the fish at the boat. Not long after that Tanna hooked this fish and once again proved that women catch more fish than men on the Kenai....

They're heeeere.  The pink and silver salmon are starting to show up in decent numbers. Dave kept these two fresh pinks and actually gave me a fillet for the grill.  These are a very good eating salmon when they're fresh. Thanks Dave!

I was hoping the last day of the season would be the day we caught the largest king.  It didn't happen. In fact, we had six good bites and we're unable to convert them into catches. Rats.  Colton, pictured above, ended the king season with a silver salmon.  A great omen for the months to come.

August 2nd is the first day that I'll be able to guide for silver and pink salmon. Come on back next week to see how it goes.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Monday, July 25, 2016

Fishing Report Week Ending 7/24/16

It was a good week, not a great week, for king fishing.  I definitely had higher expectations leading into it.  I think it was a combination of increased fishing pressure, the sonar count numbers being half of what they were the previous week, and rising water levels that affected the overall bite.  The photo above is a first troll Super Tuesday king for Jeff.  What a way to start off the week.
Here's Riley with a "quittin' time" last troll of the day Kenai king. This fish measured 51" and had a girth of 30". Riley is fifteen years old and the last time he caught a king with me he was seven years old. Hmmm, I think he needs to come back a little more often....
Bob, along with Jerry, are Team Tennessee.  It didn't take too long to add his name to the list of the Kenai king first timers club.
Here's my good friend George, grandfather to Riley, proudly displaying his fish. I think it was his lucky jacket and hat that got this fish to bite.  It was pure skill that got him into the boat.
Riley, on his second day fishing the Kenai, caught this king. This fish was mortally wounded, and being the good sportsman, he decided to keep it. Good call by this fine young man.
Jerry, George's brother, unfortunately did not land a king this year. He did, however, take home the title of the Sockeye Master. Next time we'll get a king to stay on your hook....
Here's Jeff with his second (and final) king of the year. The most interesting part of this battle is that he fought this fish with a seal attacking it.  Two different times the seal grabbed a hold of it, but ultimately Jeff won the war.
My old buddy Ed from Montana worked in a half day trip this week. Ed and I haven't had the best of luck catching kings but this fish marks the beginning of our new streak.
Ian, who came with Ed, caught this nice king on the very next troll.
Mike, who fished with Jeff, proudly shows off his second and hardest earned king.  It was a lot of fun and I look forward to spending time with you guys next year.
Michael last fished with me five years ago.  On that trip he caught one of the largest king salmon ever to be released in my boat. It measured out at 53".  That karma carried on over to this fish hooked on the first troll of the morning.
A couple of hours later on the same trip Gary landed this beauty. He's fished with me several times and I am proud to say this was his first Kenai king.
What a way to end the week. Team X, dad Adam on the left and son Aiden on the right, back bounced this 50lber into the boat. It was an exciting battle that tested the drag on the reel and our nerves.  Their expressions are priceless.  

So the week ahead will be the final week of the king salmon season on the Kenai. My guess is that the fishing will be spotty.  Every tide will be important and if there aren't fish coming up then it will be a struggle.  I am looking forward to how the season will end because historically, the largest king caught in my boat has come during this time.  Come back next week to see if it does.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fishing Report Week Ending 7/17/16

Lots of fishing, lots of catching, lots of releasing, lots of sun, and of course, lots of fun. Just a whole lotta lotsa's last week.

Greg, pictured above, released several kings on our trip.  The highlight had to be this one. It's a great photo but it doesn't do justice to the length of the fish.  It was all of 50".
After releasing multiple kings, Louie and John decided to keep these two. John will be coming back in August to fish the Kenai. I told him he better rest his arms after this week because he'll need all the strength he can muster to reel in all those pinks and silvers.
The next day Louie and John fished with Terry and Lorrel.  Several kings were released but by noon everyone decided that they had enough and wanted to bank fish for reds on their own.
Nothing like a first troll of the morning Kenai king. Edie sure knows how to pose with a fish.
Here's Maddie with a king that met her expectations. It should be noted that it wasn't as cold as it looks in this photo. Maddie is from southern Texas and she hadn't adjusted to our 70 degree temperatures.
My old buddy Tony brought his daughters down to fish Saturday morning.  Sydney had a big king on early in the day but we lost it after a 5 minute fight.  Soon after, she caught this fish and dedided it was more than enough fish for her.

A couple of trolls later her sister Chelsea hooked into what may have been Moby King.  This fish had a head of steam and ran staight up the river. I tried to spin the boat around to avoid a disaster but unfortunately the fish and my fishing rod got caught in the prop. The line didn't snap but it was hung up long enough with no give that the hook eventual tore out of the fish. It sure would have been nice to see how big that fish really was.

A little bit later in the morning Chelsea caught this salmon and decided it was good enough to end her day of fishing.
I ended the week fishing with Lane and Jerry. Lane, on the left, has fished the Kenai for 23 years and I am proud to say I put him on his first Kenai king.  Equally impressive was the fish that his 86 year old father-in-law reeled into the boat.  20 minutes into our first troll of the afternoon and a 20 minute fight later, he eased this 41" king into the net. He said it definitely had more fight than the walleyes he's caught at Lake of the Woods.

It was hard to top last week, but if history repeats itself, we will be coming into the peak of the king and red run. I've got a lot of people this week that I really enjoy fishing with and I hope the bite will continue.

Come back next week to see if it did.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service