Monday, February 27, 2012

Fishing the Kenai 2011 - Mark's Fish Story

So a friend of mine sent me a YouTube link about the Kenai River. As I was watching the video I couldn't help but notice the selection of other video posts about the Kenai. I swear one of them looked like it was the inside of my boat so I decided to click on it. Lo and behold, wouldn't you know it, it was a video from a trip with the Johnson's in June of 2011. After watching their video, it made me happy that I was part of their "once in a lifetime" day on the river.

Bill Medchill has also posted a YouTube video about a silver salmon trip (I'll post this later). If anybody else has let me know and I'll put it on the blog.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2012 Red Salmon Forecast

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries, recently released their forecast for the 2012 red salmon season. Here is an excerpt:
A return of 6.2 million sockeye salmon is forecasted to return to
Upper Cook Inlet in 2012 with harvest by all user groups of
4.4 million.

The red salmon forecast for the Kenai River is approximately
4.0 million which is 6% greater than the 20 year average run
of 3.8 million.

Whooohoo! Although last year Fish and Game underestimated the total run of red salmon, it's a pretty good bet that this year will be excellent. If you haven't started to exercise your arms it's not too late to get into "flipping" shape.

Monday, February 13, 2012

St. Cloud Sportsmen Show Recap

The 2012 St. Cloud Sportsmen Show is over and it was a great three days. We were moved into the new civic center this year which greatly improved the flow of the show. In the past the vendors were separated into two halls but now we were all under the same roof. I don't know if it was a combination of being in a new building, the right weather, or a lack of other activities in the area, but this year an attendance record was set. All I know it was a win/win/win for the promoters, vendors, and attendees.

We'd like to thank everyone for stopping by and especially Dan and Mary Meyer for driving all the way from Peoria to hang out with us. Not only did they help us with show, Mary even took a few pictures of the booth for me. Thanks for the photos Mary!

Monday, February 6, 2012

St. Cloud Sportsmen's Show

The St. Cloud Sportsmen's Show will be held February 10th-12th. This is not a big show but that is exactly why we keep going back year after year. We find it's a great little venue for us to visit with people and share the reasons why we love Alaska so much.

The only day that we have extra tickets available for this show is Sunday. If you're interested in them drop us an email,

See you there!