|Mouth of the Ninilchik River|
|The Pro from Dover|
As we were leaving the Ninilchik River there were about a half a dozen people fishing upstream. Jeff noticed one guy fighting a fish and another guy with the net ready. Lo and behold a 25lb king was landed. We thought about giving it a whirl but we were rigged with spinners and this fish fell to a hook and yarn presentation. Our only option, if we wanted to keep fishing, would be to check out nearby Deep Creek. When we arrived we saw quite a few salmon breaking the surface, but unfortunately Deep Creek was muddier than the Ninilchik. We decided to call it a morning.
A couple of updates. The Russian River opens up to sockeye fishing on June 11th. Most likely I won't be at the midnight opener, but I will make it up there some time. ADF&G has forecasted a strong run. Speaking of strong runs, the current sonar count for Kenai king's are three times higher than they were at this point last year. The biologists are cautiously optimistic that escapement goals will be met, but it' still too early in the run to know for sure. I personally think the run will be some where in the middle of the optimum escapement goal. Time will tell.
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