Sunday, September 29, 2019

Fishing Report Week Ending 9/29/19

Instead of the usual fish photos starting out the blogpost, I thought I'd share a few images of the marvelous things we saw while fishing on the Kenai River this past week. As my friend Debbie would say, "catching fish is just icing on the cake..."
On to the final fishing report for 2019.
It was another week of slow fishing. Tuesday evening I took Paul, Jim, Tim, Mike, and Paul out for a couple of hours.
Jim and his lucky hat found the only willing biter.
For the next three days it was Tim, Jim, and Mike fishing with me. Jim continued where he left off the night before and caught the first two silver salmon.
Mike caught the third fish of the day.
On Thursday, Tim found the only fish. It was much deserved. 
The banana curse was alive and well on Friday. It was a very cold 27 degree morning and when I walked down to the boat I found a banana on every seat. Oh, oh, I wonder who did that says the guy in the photo who wouldn't look at me. Tim, Jim, and Mike had a couple of hours to fish before they had to catch a flight home and that wasn't enough time to overcome the banana jinx. Yup, we went fishless. I'm usually not a believer in bananas being bad luck, but this was the only fishless day all silver season. It was a nice streak while it lasted.
Being shut out was not how I wanted to end my season, so I was thankful Team Alpha Roofing and Construction fished with me on Saturday. We righted the wrong of having bananas in the boat and caught three quality silver salmon. Not a lot of action for the day, but the way the September run has been, we were thankful to catch what we did.

Next week, I'll be blogging once again, but it won't be a fishing report with clients. Time permitting, I hope to be fishing myself, but most likely it will be about winterizing our operation.

See you then.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Fishing Report Week Ending 9/22/19

And the beat goes on, and the beat goes on. La de da de de, la de da de da....

Thought I'd continue the music theme from last week's fishing report (ala Lawrence Welk). The beat definitely stayed the same this week. The fishing was never hot, but we managed to catch at least two fish every trip. As my dad would often say, "it could be worse".

Above is Gary with the first fish of the week.

And that's his son Jake ending the day with a fine Kenai silver salmon.

On Wednesday, Gary had the hot rod and caught these two.

The next day I guided was on Friday, and the action picked up for us. That's Jake and Gary in the front, and in the back is Lloyd and his daughter Kim. I think having four rods spread out helped find the seam that the fishing were running on.

On Saturday, it was just Lloyd and Kim in my boat. It was a long day, but we are able to fool these three fish into biting. See you guys again!

We went from a warm, wet day on Saturday, to the coldest temperatures of the year on Sunday morning. That's not frost on my boat seat covers, that's ice. Needless to say, it was a very chilly boat ride to start the day.
Even though the air temperature was cold, the fishing was decent. You may recognize the lady on the left. That's my wife Jane. On the right, is perennial Beaver Creek Cabins and Guide Service All-Star, Grant. He's been staying at the cabins since the Jahrig's built them, and fishing with me for nearly 20 years. Always great to spend time with you, and I can't wait to do it all over again.

It's hard to believe, but I'm getting close to the end of my guiding season. I'll be fishing nearly every day next week, and possibly into October. All I can say is I hope the run can hang on a little bit longer...

See you next week with a new fishing report.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Fishing Report Week Ending 9/15/19

There was a whole lot of this happening this past week....sitting around waiting for a bite. Other than one day when we caught four silvers, and another day when we caught nine, we had what my grandpa would call Lawrence Welk fishing. What's that you ask? Well, Lawrence Welk fishing is when you catch....a one and a two, and a one and two....

For three days I fished with Mike, Michael, Dick, and Rich. We were never shut out, but it would have been nice to find a few more fish each day. Still, enough fish were landed to fill a nice sized fish box for each of them to bring home. A 90lb halibut caught by Michael in Homer sure helped to get that done.
Here's Mike with a nice, bright silver salmon.

And here's his son Michael holding up another beauty.

The next three days I got caught up with the Bloch family. Hard to believe that is was six years ago when we last fished silver salmon together. Here's the fish whisperer Ruth with her first fish of the day.

And here she is with her second fish of the day.

We finished the week fishing in the rain. I always say you need to be a little bit miserable to catch September silvers and that is exactly what happened. That's Dan and Audria kneeling in the front, and in the back, Ruth and Bob.

Even though the fishing this past week was on the slow side, the time on the water was well spent. I had the pleasure to be with two outstanding groups who really made the days enjoyable. I'm sad to see you all go, but I know I'll see you again in the future.

Speaking of the future, my immediate future has me on the river for the next couple of weeks. Come back in seven days for a new fishing report. See you then.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Fishing Report Week Ending 9/8/19

I fished everyday this past week and there were no easy days. Back that up. That opening line doesn't quite sound right, so let me clarify. The people were easy to be with this past week, it was the catching that wasn't easy.

Pictured above is Nick, junior member of Team White. His fish came early in the morning on Tuesday, so the optimism was high.

Not long after Nick caught his fish, Craig caught this one (Rod is on his right).  We worked hard the rest of the day and managed to put two more fish (4 total) in the box. Unfortunately, none of the fish came on Jeff's line, so that is the reason why he is not pictured in this report. I'm sure the brothers are okay with Jeff not holding a fish, but I was hoping for a dock photo with a dozen salmon at their feet. Next time, boys, next time....

I thought the second run was starting to pick up after the day I had with Kevin, Ron, Leslie and Greg. Sadly, it turned out to be the the high catch of the week. 

On Friday, I got reacquainted with Susan, Walter, and Jessica. Not a lot of action, but it was great to spend a day on the water with these guys.
Saturday, we received some much needed rain. That's a usually a recipe for classic silver salmon fishing on the Kenai. Not this day. Eric ended up with the money fish and collected his bet from his buddy Craig for the first fish caught, the biggest fish caught, and the most fish caught.

On Sunday, I fished Eric, Craig, Randy, and my old buddy Gary (we've been fishing together on the Kenai for 20 years). Gary started the morning with this nice fish.

It was a long time in between bites before Craig finally got on board with this one.

Eric caught one, and a little bit later landed this beauty. He once again was able to collect on his bet with Craig for catching the first fish, the biggest fish, and the most fish.  Sorry Randy (who is not in any photos), you spent a long day in the boat only to get one legitimate bite. We'll get 'em next time.

The way this week fished gives me pause to think about the week ahead. If you trust the biologist, we should becoming up on the peak of the second run of silver salmon. I'm an optimist, but I'm not sure what to expect. At least one thing will be certain, you know we'll be giving it a 100%.

Come back next week to check out the fish photos. I'll see you then.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Fishing Report Week Ending 9/1/19

In the beginning of the week, we were catching boat limits of silver salmon. By the end of the week, we were catching a single fish a day. We are definitely between the runs.
If you read the fishing report last week, you'll recognize these folks. From left to right are Gwen, Billie, Sandra, and Lee. Like the previous trip, the ladies were the first to catch their limit.
On Wednesday, I fished these guys for a third time. We managed to boat five silver salmon (we lost 9). I was hoping that this was an off day, but it marked the beginning of a tapering run.
On Thursday, I fished my neighbor Nancy and her friend Lynn. Lynn caught the first two, and unfortunately, Nancy did not catch a fish. Oh well, I feel better knowing I have three weeks to get Nancy out again so she can even the score.
On Friday, Greg and Leslie spent the day with me. Leslie caught the only silver salmon. It sure was a nice one. By the way, that's not fog in the background. That's smoke from the Swan Lake fire. I do appreciate the people who have checked in on our well being. Other than occasional smoke, we are doing just fine and are not in harms way.
Saturday afternoon I fished with the Larson's and Johnson's. The only fish caught was by Laura. It may look like her husband Eric wasn't happy with the catch, but that's just how he smiles... 
I finished the week fishing Team White (Rod, Nick, Jeff, Craig). Rod caught the only fish of the day. We're going to do it all over again on Wednesday, and my goal is to have a photo of the entire team holding fish.

For the week ahead, I'm hoping that the second run finds its way into the river. My week is full and I'd like the fish box to be that way too....

See you next week.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service