Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fishing Report Week Ending 8/27/17

It was another fabulous week of silver salmon fishing on the Kenai River. I was worried that the bite would slow down (it always does before the second run shows up in September), but it just stayed hot. The photo above is Gavin, Marc, Brad and Frank on their second trip fishing the Kenai.
And here they are on the their third trip. Frank has been fishing in Southeast Alaska and he liked that rain wasn't as bad here as it is in that part of Alaska. It's all relative I guess.
On a really wet afternoon I had the pleasure of taking out part of Dan Meyer's family. Here's grandson JD showing off the first fish of the trip.
His older brother Travis wouldn't let JD out fish him.

It was raining hard, close to dinner time, and Dad Blake ended our trip with this nice fish. It was a good time to call it. Pictured above are JD, Travis, Elizabeth, Blake, and Photobomb Dan. Next time Elizabeth, we will fish a little longer so you can catch a Kenai silver.

The next morning, I got to spend time on the water with my good friends Bob, Ray, Renee, and Todd. It was no surprise that it was raining, but hot fishing more than made up for it.
It was the same on Day 2 with these guys....rain and plenty of fish.
Could it happen three days in a row? Well, it did for everybody but Bob. In the first few hours of the day, Todd and Renee got their limit. Bob caught one and Ray was shut out. We headed back to the dock to clean the fish and to get Bob to the airport for his flight back home to Florida.
I took Ray out fishing later in the day and in less than a half hour later he was done. Hated to do it (well, not that much) but we sent Bob photos while he was waiting at the airport. He said he wasn't disappointed in the least and it was okay that he had to end his fishing trip early. Todd, Ray,  Renee, and Bob, thanks so much for coming at this time of year. Getting caught up and telling stories from yesteryear is the shot in the arm that I needed to get me through to the end of this season.

I ended my week fishing Brian and Rachel. These guys fished with me in early July, and unfortunately did not catch a king. Since they live about fifteen miles away from Kenai, I told them they needed to come back in August when the silvers were in. They came back and the silvers cooperated. I like it when a plan comes together....

For the week ahead I plan on getting some rest and to take care of a few maintenance issues. I will be fishing everyday, but not guiding everyday. Come back next week to see if the strong run of silvers will continue.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fishing Report Week Ending 8/20/17

Giddy up. Hi Ho Silver! 

No doubt, the peak of the first silver salmon run is happening right now . It's been so good that I actually had the time to get Jane out fishing for the first time this year. How's that for a first fish?
I started the week out with Team Iowa. Vaughn and Karen found this nice limit of fish on an incoming tide.
Team Minnesota (or 3/4's Brainonian) had a nice morning on the Kenai. That's Ken, Heidi, Gina, and Daryl. These guys were finishing up their Alaskan vacation by staying and fishing with us. I was a little worried about how the day would go because the last time they were here Gina only caught a dolly varden trout. I was relieved when she finally reeled a salmon into the net. Hey guys, it was great visiting with you. We look forward to seeing you again real soon.
The next morning, Ken and Daryl joined Montana Dave. I can honestly say I've never heard such an in depth conversation in my boat about cattle and ranching. It sure made for an interesting day.
I snuck Jane out on another afternoon of fishing. Took her about 20 minutes to get her limit.

I finished the week off fishing Frank, Brad, Marc, and Gavin. We had seven in the box in short order, but it took an hour and a half to get the last one to bite. When you get down to one rod fishing, it always takes a little bit longer to find the right seam where the fish are. That's part of the fun, and part of the challenge, of a silver salmon trip.

So, what about the week ahead? I expect the river to be about the same. I hope I'm right. Not only do I have a couple of more trips with the guys above, I also have some friends showing up and it would be nice to get them on a good bite.

See you next week.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fishing Report Week Ending 8/13/17

There are many things I like about fishing silver salmon on the Kenai River. Number one on that list is the fact that I fish more families than any other time of the year. That's exactly what I had every day this past week.....families.

So, how was the fishing?  Up until yesterday, the fishing was a lot like the previous week. We were squeaking out two or three silvers a trip. That all changed when the Lehtola family showed up on Saturday.  Pictured above are John, Janelle, Claire, Kate, and James. We had moments of fast fishing, but otherwise it was a steady bite that kept us interested throughout the day. I sure hope that's a sign for the week ahead.
We started the week with Dave keeping the consecutive daily silver streak alive.
His daughter Amy showed everyone else how it's done and actually got her limit.
Mary Horn shows off her limit of silvers.
While grandson CJ and her husband Fred show off their fish.
It was a wet morning, but brothers Robert "Honey", and Clifton "Luvie" had no problems catching fish in the rain.
The next time we were out it was drier, but the results were the same. Posing with Honey and Luvie are their parents, Robert, and Daniella.

I'm going to end this post with a few kid photos from the week. I'll have to say our future looks great!

See you next week!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fishing Report Week Ending 8/6/17

Silver fishing was okay this past week. It wasn't great, it wasn't bad, it was right in the middle. I'll take that considering the run is just starting.

On Monday, our guest Ken was out chasing reds and got his limit. For experienced anglers, there are still reds to be had at this time of the year.
Tuesday, I had the pleasure of fishing with Harold, Ed, and Michael. We had several bites, but it was Michael that caught these two keepers. One silver, one pink.
Wednesday, Al and Kylie Witte completed their Alaska vacation with a silver trip. If you noticed on the last fishing report, these two caught their Kenai kings. And, on this trip they got their limit of silvers. The Kenai was definitely kind to the Witte's.
On Thursday, I spent a great day on the water with Shane, Tracy, and Blaine. That's Blaine with his limit of silvers.
Tracy got one silver, and unfortunately, Shane wasn't able to catch the targeted species. Next time, Shane, next time...
Friday, Harold, Ed, and Michael were back in the boat. That's Ed with a hard earned silver salmon.
Here's Michael with his limit. That did not surprise me at all.
Had to include this photo of a great moment between Grandpa Harold and his grandson Michael. We were all hoping for a fish photo of Harold but it just wasn't in the cards. Darn kids taking away all your bites.....
What a great way to end this report with a series of photos of Jake fishing off the dock for trout. This week was such an enjoyable week for me to watch these three young men, Jake, Michael, and Blaine, catch fish on the Kenai. It's not hard to notice a little bit of me in all three of these guys.

Come back to the blog next week to see how the silver run is progressing. We are on the front end of the run but it could explode any day now.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service