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ANGLER:  Mike
TRIP DATE:  8/31
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Willow Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers & FOUND FISHING ROD

REPORT: Was able to land a couple late season silvers up at Willow Creek on Sunday early afternoon in blue bird conditions--quite surprised! One was still bright while the other was a little rosie but they are apparently still biting on flies up there.

To the couple in the black truck that never got the tent set up at the Willow Creek campground, we found your rod on the way out of the campsite. Contact me at my email address to provide details to claim.     mareid2 AT asu.edu


ANGLER:  Kardinal_84
TRIP DATE:  8/24-30
REGION:  Kodiak Island
WATER:  Various
SPECIES:  Halibut and Coho

REPORT: Hey KK!!!!
Well we went out to Kodiak as planned. 6 days of fishing! Here's my report! Sorry it's a tad long!

Kodiak 2014 report August 24-30

I was fortunate enough to fish with Kokatat Pro staff Allen "Polepole" Sansano, Allen "Bushy" Bushnell, Mark "Spot" Veary, and Chris Mautino from Liquid Adventures. Jeff and I were the Alaska representatives of the NorthWestKayakAnglers.com team (Polepole and Bushy run that site along with KayakFishingMagazine.NET). I can't believe I had the opportunity to fish with people of this caliber! Even if I don't catch a fish, I am sure I would have come back with knowledge and connections worth every penny of this trip and then some!!!!

We took two vehicles via Ferry from Homer and rented a house. Cost for 5 people on a ferry plus two vehicles and berths for six one way was roughly $1,600. The house for the week was $1,400 making the cost $3,000 or $600 per person for a entire week of unguided fishing. Pretty dang reasonable!!!

Day One
We try Kalsin Bay. Silvers are jumping but generally speaking no love. Bushy hammers a nice 13-15 pound silver but that was the only fish for the entire day. Hmmm this is going to be hardcore than we thought. Maybe not though I used my "new" reel today and left my girlfriend's (and MY lucky reel) back at the rental house. switched out to the pink avet sx on day two.

Day Two
This time we get a tip from local fishermen and we try Pasagshak Bay. Weather is beautiful AND we find fish. I manage a 40'ish pounder and a 20 pounder. I release another one. The other team members land 4 other fish. The biggest was Polepole's 51 pounder. I'm feeling ya!!!! It's the pink reel! lol.

Day Three
Weather is blowing hard. It looks like we might not get on the water. We try Kalsin Bay a little further to the East. We fish in pouring rain and 20 knt winds. Fortunately, I was wearing a new Kokatat Hydrus 3L SuperNova Angler Paddling Suit and Kokatat SeaO2 PFD. The Hydrus 3L kept me bone dry and with a few layers of fleece, I fished comfortably all day! The SeaO2 is a new design with 7.5 lbs of flotation but you can inflate it (CO2 or manually) to get 22.5 lbs of lift. Super comfy! Highly recommend!!!

I troll looking for anything that will bite. 10 minutes from launch I troll up a 25 pound-ish halibut. The rest of the day almost nothing until once again I am minutes from the launch and almost in the exact same place I manage another 20 pounder. Hmmm what's that saying ”Never leave fish to find fish?” Well I guess we are exploring Kodiak so it was OK, but I was the only one lucky enough to run into the fish that day.

Day 4
We head back out to Pasagshak Bay. Half of the group opts to fish silvers in the river even though it is a touch early in the season. They manage two SUPER nice silvers.

Out in the Bay, Spot, Jeff, and I fish in shifting winds. I miss four or five good takes because I had switched over to a circle hook. I HATE THOSE THINGS!!!!! Missed every single one despite letting them take the bait for 10 seconds or longer and engaging the drag as they are just ripping out line. I am sure its operator error since many many people are successful with the circle hooks, but I didn't lose a single fish after a solid takedown using the Gamakatsu 12/0 Big River hooks.

Spot manages a nice 65 pounder in very challenging conditions. His fish would win the "fight of the week" award. His fish manages to take down an A2 Buoy for over 30 or more yards while 12 pounds or more of drag was also being applied. We aren't talking "surface skimming" take down. We are talking "no wake" completely submerged takedown. His buoy was nearly twice as large as the buoy I was using. Just AWESOME show of power.

I think the biggest disappointment was our failure to find Silvers in the salt. There were enough fish jumping and in the streams that we thought we could have hooked a few of them. From the launch which is right next to the river mouth, to the halibut grounds was roughly 3 miles each way. I trolled a dodger and hoochie on both days to and from halibut fishing and did not get a single strike! Not even from cod or pollock. Inside the Bay seemed fairly void of life.

Day 5
Well we got to try Pasagshak again after that nice fish. I pedal 3 miles out and in the first 15 minutes I am hooked up. The area we were fishing was super rocky and snaggy. Over the course of the week, I had to cut my line several times and I was actually running low on line for my "lucky" reel OK, ok it's my girlfriend's but I think I am taking it back! I drop my bait to the bottom and immediately it seems stuck to the bottom. I yank on it several times thankfully I had switched back to a J-hook. All of the sudden the "snag" starts throbbing! NICE!!!!! The battle is on.

After a few mistakes, I manage to harpoon it, bleed, and apply the club. But now what? I can't get it into my kayak so I pedal what turns out to be a mile back to find a suitable beach. I finally get it strapped onto the back of the kayak. Hmmm. It rides nicely. Limit is two. I am going back out again!!!

Bad idea that I was fortunately saved by luck. The halibut was so heavy, it was causing my rudder line holes to submerge under water. Fortunately for me the group was already headed back since I had taken so long dealing with this one fish. Once I got back to the launch, there were several gallons of water in my hull. ACK! I have closed cell foam noodles and empty gatorade bottles stuffed into my kayak so it wouldn't sink. But it would have made a long pedal back a WHOLE lot longer if I had fished longer. Lesson learned.

I didn't think the fish was that big but on tape it came out to 59.5 inches. 59 inches was 103 lbs and 60 inches was 108 pounds. Not the weight length I had so I am calling it 105!!!! WOW!!! mission accomplished for a triple digit 'butt from a Kayak!!!! SWEEEEET!!!!!!!!!

Day 6, the final day.
We are too tired. We had to check out of the house so we fished the Buskin River. LOTS of pinks and a quite a few silvers. They weren't hitting though and I was a little disappointed to see the method of choice for 90% of the Anglers was the "flossing" method....especially in such beautiful clear water stream. I did manage one on a pink fly, but I think I flossed that one too. They just weren't taking.

Summary:
So the trip was pretty dang good given that none of us had fished Kodiak from a Kayak before. It was just an awesome trip. I want to thank the Polepole and Bushy from KayakFishingMagazine.net and NorthwestKayakAnglers.com, Spot, and Chris Mautino from Liquid Adventures out of Seward and Baja. To be able to fish in the company of such skilled Kayak Anglers really gave me the confidence that much more can be done from this platform.

We fished some very challenging weather days. But the ability to launch from virtually anywhere gave us access to water that even power boaters would have had a difficult time fishing. In the 6 days, we saw two trollers on Day one in Kalsin and one troller who was waiting to pick up passengers in Pasagshak fishing the entire time we were there. It was amazing!!!!!!

We set out to catch a 100 pound halibut. Mission accomplished. I am pretty fortunate to have been the one to get that lucky strike. It wasn't easy trying to learn all of the spots. Of course we all have our favorite fishing holes that we know like the back of our hands and that consistently produces fish. We had a lot of good assistance along the way. I want to specifically thank Hank and Abel who gave us TONS of good information and frankly made the trip for all of us.

In some ways you could sense the disappointment that more and larger fish weren't caught. But we walked away impressed with Kodiak'’s potential. With a kayak we could launch and fish in semi-sheltered areas no matter the wind direction. A few more trips and I think I could get Kodiak dialed in. Hmmm maybe next spring? I hear they catch big kings in Kodiak in the spring time. I LOVE BIG KINGS. The wheels are already turning.

Here is the video compilation. It's not all the days since the weather was just down right nasty on a few days. But it's longer than usual at about 11 minutes. But it shows roughly half of the fish we managed to land.


ANGLER:  pezgallo1
TRIP DATE:  8/31
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Upper Kenai
SPECIES:  Dollies and trout

REPORT: Floated the upper Kenai on my little cat had great weather and caught a lot of rainbows and dollies.

Up above Jims Landing I dropped my Sage RPLXI-690-3 with a Tibor reel. If you catch it please contact me (907) 227-5927. Thank you

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake
TRIP DATE:  8/31
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Bay @ city beaches / Glacier outfall
SPECIES:  Silvers and Ice Worms

REPORT: Dumped the boat in the drink about 1pm after scouting along the city roadside beaches to see how the beach bunnies were doing. Plenty of jumpers at low tide, just no one hooking them. And all the fish I saw where chrome bright. This Sunday there was a full mid-summer compliment of campers and anglers in Seward getting in that one last camping trip.

My mission: Try some experimental trolling lures that I put together last year and hadn't tried yet. Because the water conditions were not friendly to a 16 foot flatbottom I decided with all the jumpers everywhere close in that there was plenty of targets right outside the harbor and along the beaches to work my magic on. And there were a number of boats trolling the same area for me to see how they were doing too.

Well the wind increased, the seas turned to 2 to 3 feet with the occasional 4 foot series from Fjords tour boats and the 50 foot fishing charters all coming back to the harbor to roost for the night. It wasn't pleasant but somehow Jake got in a nap on the floor boards for short spans. Worked out past the harbor to the east towards a group of power and sail boats trolling one area. Never saw a net in the air so moved back towards the beaches. Ran up and down on several passes along with a number of other trollers and well within viewing distance of all the 100+ folks on the beach getting bruised ribs yanking on their treble hooks. Thought of a good video for next year. :-)

Anyway I fished from 1pm to 6pm through the high tide and lumpy seas. I saw one anchored up boat just out from the beach in 15 feet of water tossing lures and they landed one fish. I never saw anyone on the beach hook anything but the bottom. Geez there must be a lot of line and hooks out there just below the low tide mark. I went through 3 sets of experimental gear. Two of them got some taps which I'm sure were salmon hits since I was over 135 feet of water and only trolling 20 feet down. But they must have been hitting the stuff with no hooks. (Hmm, a hint?) So it was time to head back to port dejected but what a wonderful blue bird day in Seward without a single cloud in the sky after 2pm. And then I finally spotted a small group of snaggers on the breakwater sight fishing casting to silvers they could see from above that were swimming right under the surface. And sure enough, this guy spots one, scampers down the rocks a level or two, casts his treble hook, times the sink and fish movement and first yank Fish On! And he was obviously an expert at this method along with his buddy and girl friend using the same tactics. I might have to give that sight fishing a try one of these years.

After the boat was on the trailer, tied down, AKJake fed, me fed and watered, it was time to visit Exit Glacier before heading back to AOJ HQ. It has been about 10 years since I was up at the glacier. And my oh my has climate change done its deed on Exit. When I was there in 2004 or thereabouts, you could walk out onto the river bed at the end of the Outwash/Glacier Toe Trail and just a few hundred yards out on the gravel valley floor was the end of the glacier ice. Now I get out there at the end of the trail and there is NO GLACIER in sight. So its time to bush whack and see where it ended up. The "trail" is more like a mountain goat trail along the bedrock valley wall and a thin narrow layer of dirt a foot wide growing enough alders to keep you from falling into the raging Exit River just a few feet below. Once around the point you get back down to the gravel bed and there is the glacier a quarter mile up the valley from where it use to be ten years ago.

Based on my "calculations" the Exit Glacier appears to be retreating at about 130 feet per year or the equivalent of a full football field with end zones attached every 3 years. Lots of dust and dirt on the lower glacier ice making the photogenic nature of this once beautiful piece of the Ice Age a disappointing, lackluster "gob" of dirty snow. There is some of the blue showing in the crevasses at the Ice Falls where it starts to make its sharp drop to ground level from the mountain but at 8pm at night it wasn't worth shooting. I was surprised how many people were wandering the trails at 7-8-9pm at night up there. Many visiting tourists, some from far away origins. All friendly "Howdy" types as we passed each other.

ICE WORMS: Yes I did search for a bit in the glacial dirt on the ice for these mystical creatures but it was so late the lighting was poor. NOTE I said MYSTICAL and NOT MYTHICAL. They do exist. And in fact there is a Chugach Forest Service ranger that gives guided tours over at Byron Glacier a couple times a week during summer to the ice field where they find REAL GLACIER ICE WORMS! Byron Glacier is just off the road that goes to the Portage Glacier Tour Boat dock area. The ice worm hike is just a little over a mile long, very easy trail with not much elevation. Something to put on your Bucket List as a thing few people in the world will have experienced or seen firsthand.

OK, so it wasn't a trip to remember but with perfect weather, very little traffic on the roads when I was rolling in both directions I have no complaints. And those experimental lures? Well there is a LOT of winter Feeder King fishing to try them out on in just a few months. Still plenty of fishing in Southcentral with rainbows and Dollies just now heating up and still a few silvers hitting Little Su and Fish Creek as well as the lower Kenai Peninsula streams, Kasilof and Kenai rivers and nice bright fish in Seward.

Good Luck.

ANGLER:  Sponsored by Ohara
TRIP DATE:  8/30
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Anchor River / Spit Fishing Hole
SPECIES:  Silvers and Dollies

REPORT: Checked out the Fishing Hole Friday after work, still dead. Looks like no big schools of late fish have shown up. Hate to say it but it might be done down there for the year.

Saturday morning we hit the Anchor early, fish were moving through slow and steady but from about 8 to 9 it heated up. I had a lot of weak hits and missed the set but had a nice 12 or 13 pounder hammer a #3 orange vibrax. Between me and a friend we threw quiet a few flies and spinners but it seemed the smaller was better. Seems like a really good year for silvers on the Anchor, it's too bad there's no count.

After the sun came out the silvers got shy so we headed up river looking for Dolly's. The water is up, temp is down and visibility is decent, should be perfect dolly fishing but we couldn't buy a hit on anything we threw. I'm quite perplexed on the poor Dolly fishing, it was great on the lower river in July.

[AOJ: That's a nice bruiser you caught. Pot Belly! Well the Dollies may have run on upstream to their spawning grounds earlier than usual this year. Maybe they know something we don't know....yet! No doubt the cooler weather is bringing down the water temps. Had to put my zucchini plants in the garage last night to make sure Mr. Frosty wasn't gonna end my harvest season prematurely. Looks like I'm in the clear for another week. Need to get out on the Lower Kenai to see how the silver run is shaping up. There had been some improvement in the past week but nothing to write home about.]

ANGLER:  Bluelight
TRIP DATE:  9/1
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Rainbows

REPORT: Got up above the falls early in the morning and fished all the way down to white trail. Water conditions are excellent. Saw some actively spawning kings up high and some reds lower. Fished 10mms around the kings and 6mms around the reds. Colors didn't seem to matter much. Caught maybe 50 fish. Nothing over 20. Lots of 15 inch fish in nice shape. A couple big dollies. Saw some silvers moving up. Glad I was first on the water as it started to get crowded later.

ANGLER:  Bluelight
TRIP DATE:  8/29
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Deep Creek / Ninilchik River
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Muddy and high both streams. I put a six pack in the water below the bridge on the Ninilchik to cool down and it floated away from me. If you found it downstream, Cheers! On me!

ANGLER:  Kate
TRIP DATE:  8/31
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Trail River/Kenai Lake
SPECIES:  LOST/LEFT BEHIND FLY BOX

REPORT:
Left behind my favorite fly box at the confluence of Trail River and the Kenai Lake...right out at the point :(

It's small...about 6" x 7" and holds mostly flesh flies and wooly buggers. These are the first flies I that tied for myself so they have some sentimental value. Though from Anchorage, will be heading back down to the Peninsula next weekend if someone down there finds them I can pick them up. Any help would be most appreciated!

Otherwise, I guess I'd better get to tying for next weekend's effort....CALL (907) 868-3252.


[AOJ: Well just in case you better start tying. But who knows, maybe someone familiar with that fishing hole that is going by will stop and pick it up for you. Stranger things have happened! LOL. Better stop by the Russian and grab a coho while you are in the area. I believe the campground and day use access is free beginning after Labor Day. Plenty of 'bows in the clear water too.]

ANGLER:  This Butt's For You
TRIP DATE:  8/30
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Homer/Seward
SPECIES:  Halibut/Salmon

REPORT: The Cooler Pariah Part 2
On Saturday, went out to Flat Island looking for halibut. Soon after we stopped, got hit by the tidal swells and wind. Wind wasn't bad but the combination of tidal movement and wind direction, made for some problems for the weak in stomach. Had 3 of 5 seasick, and 2 of them puking. So, had to call it an early day...no halibut. Started back but got into some shallow water coming off the shore and couldn't make it around the swells. So, waited it out for about 40 minutes. While others were near comatose, I fished. I snagged a small rockfish. Let it go. At least some action for the troubles.

Saturday night, we headed towards Seward. Overnighted at Fred Meyer in Soldotna...free parking. Sunday, we went to Seward. Launched late morning...plenty of fish near the harbor/shore. Nothing bit. Spawners and lockjaw was right. So, went towards army docks. Mooched and caught one...but it wasn't to be. Nephew in-law lost it as it swam under the boat...should have gave it slack. Lesson learned. Then, there was nothing. So, went to harbor and picked up snaggers. Anchored in 17 feet of water away from everyone. Snagged 1. but niece in-law couldn't net it. Cooler Part 2.

This morning, I was determined to shed the Cooler's effect. I woke up early before everyone got up and walked to the shore. Snagged 1 and called it good. Got the (fishing) stink off me. Whew...I literally stunk, though...my wife complained the whole ride home.

Fish are in Seward shore...lots of people hooking up from beach.

[AOJ: At least those herring had some company for the ride home!]


ANGLER:  Hauger
TRIP DATE:  8/1
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Went out last night by myself and easily caught a huge silver while my dad and his friend stayed back at camp. Went back to the Russian this morning and the silvers were thick! We all three easily caught ours and noticed a lot of nice sized rainbows. The silvers seem really big this year as well. Here's part of our catch.


[AOJ: The Russian coho counts have come up to decent daily numbers and no doubt there are more hanging down making a slow ascent to the lake providing anglers a good opportunity to target them.]

ANGLER:  Dave
TRIP DATE:  8/30
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Upper Kenai River - Sportsmans to Jims
SPECIES:  LOST FLY ROD

REPORT:
I took some out-of-towners down the river, Sportsmans to Jims, on Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend. They were amazed by the great fishing. I left a fly rod on the bank and miss it already. It was a Bass Pro Shops 6wt. Nothing too expensive, but it's all I have. 8(. Please call if you found it. I floated it quickly the next day but it was gone. Never lose something on the busiest weekend on the river. Dave 599-0091


[AOJ: I assume the area code is 907 for your phone number. Never know. Many folks have cell phones with out of state area codes where they get better deals or have a pay as you go phone that often has out of state area codes. Always good to include the full number just in case. I went by the upper Kenai Sunday morning and even at 11am there were still vehicles trailering boats and rafts heading to the Bridge or Sportsmans. And when I came back through at 11pm there were still a few diehards just getting their vehicles and boats re-united.]

ANGLER:  bullfrogbob
TRIP DATE:  8/31
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Valdez
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Fishing poor. Some snagging in harbor.

ANGLER:  oshkibob
TRIP DATE:  8/31
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Fish Creek
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Saw an earlier report that there were no fish seen at Fish Creek. Then saw AOJ respond with the numbers, which were still up, and thought I'd give it a try. At first glance, I thought it was a bust. Not many people there and the few I saw weren't catching fish. All the popular holes were empty. I hit a few areas that I know to have fish and lucked out. There were several fish in there, 3 broke my line and two were foul hooked. After 2 hour and two legal fish, I decided I'd go back home to finish my chores. I'm weary to report, since it was nice to not fight the crowd. But...there are still fish in Fish Creek.

[AOJ: I noticed that BOTH of those Chromers had sea lice on them. Don't get any fresher than than. And the coho run into Fish Creek still has 3 weeks left that produce daily counts bouncing from 50s to over 100 most of those days.]

ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  8/31
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Mirror Lake
SPECIES:  Rainbows

REPORT: Decided to take the float tube out after finally getting all the vehicle problems I've been having under wraps. Hit Mirror Lake for some trout. Wasn't expecting anything big, since they've all moved deeper and this makes targeting them much harder. Floated along a weedbed under some trees and had a fish on every couple of casts. Even the little ones are fun to catch.. Some jumped at least 4ft outta the water. They are such an amazing fish haha. Didn't stay very long, but didn't need to to get my fill for the day.

[AOJ: Yeah, even those stockers on a 4wt rod and 2# leader really put on a show with their dancing all over the surface. I've also got a 10' noodle rod with 2# mono on it that makes these 12 inchers fight like a king salmon, but more impressive with their acrobatics.]

ANGLER:  Fishingwrestler
TRIP DATE:  8/31
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Valley lake
SPECIES:  Rainbow

REPORT: Caught this beautiful rainbow trout today. Only big fish of the day, but still a great day on the water. 26 inches and 6 pounds.

ANGLER:  justinj & kesha j
TRIP DATE:  Summer
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula - Matsu Valley
WATER: 
SPECIES:  5 salmon family challenge

REPORT: hi KK,

I have not posted any reports this year but I check the site daily. Fished all over the state hit the Kenai, Russian River (caught a silver there first time ever on the Russian for me) Klutina, Seward, and all over the Valley our favorite being Willow Creek. This year Willow had a lot of kings catch and release of course plenty of pics for the certificate. Love your site it helped on deciding where to go. Still plenty of fishing to do and hopefully more reports to follow thank for all you do.

[AOJ: Its great to see you little ones are enthusiastic about fishing. Its always a good way to start raising your kids with an appreciation for Nature as well as honing their skills for harvesting Alaska's bounty. And the ADFG Program adds a little more incentive too.]


ANGLER:  No Banana
TRIP DATE:  8/25-30
REGION:  Kodiak
WATER:  Road System rivers
SPECIES:  Salmon & FOUND TACKLE BOX

REPORT: Fished the Emerald Isle 8/25-8/30...Silvers are starting to make way into all Kodiak rivers. Nice weather and the holiday weekend brings everyone out in force so close to town so the Buskin is busy...so anything beyond the CG base was much quieter. Dogs and pinks are winding down, but some table/smoker fish are still in there if that's your preference, though they have become much less aggressive to bait/hardware. Patience and tidal pushes produced several nice silvers for the start of their run.

Found a small tackle box on Olds River this morning 8/30 well below the bridge in the weed line. It has an interesting array of fresh and deep water tackle inside. Contact ifly410 at hotmail.com to describe contents and claim.

ANGLER:  Ak_fisher_man
TRIP DATE:  8/29
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Placer River
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Well went to the Placer River for some coho fishing and hiked into a spot upstream on this wet rainy Friday a.m. to find one person finishing up with 3 silvers on the stringer using cured bait to catch them. Said he has a proxy thus the 3 fish instead of the 2 coho (greater than 16inches) you are allowed by regulation. Asked how he got here. He says he walked up the Placer River from the highway with a ski pole and neoprene waders?? After watching him walk across the Placer twice before finally heading downstream another mile, it looks doable but I am still skeptical it could be pulled off by myself without me slipping into a deep hole.

Well I caught a couple of dollies on a rattling holographic pixie and lost 1 silver and then later hooked one nice 28 inch coho that was a dime bright hen on a orange vibrax spinner with silver blade (#4 size). Buddy of mine hooked into a similar size bright coho on a blue vibrax spinner with silver blade and a smaller coho around 20 inches. That was that and we left after the bite died regardless of what we tossed in the water as hardware with the sun showing up and the tide going out in the early afternoon.

ANGLER:  Nick78
TRIP DATE:  8/29
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Mid River Kenai
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Went out around 9am Friday and caught two Silvers bank fishing. Used Kodiak Custom #6 in pink. Snagged a bunch (don't know why, but others were having the same issue). Noticed that the pinks are really starting to thin out.

[AOJ: The lower Kenai has improved lately too. Some anglers are getting their limits with others at least picking up a fish. Remember on September 1st the Kenai River coho limit goes to 3 per day. Still one per day in the Russian River.]

ANGLER:  Lucky Strike
TRIP DATE:  8/27
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Valdez
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Three of us fished off of Allison Point. We fished the incoming tides on the 27th, 28th and 29th. Total catch was three silvers. We probably saw a total of ten fish caught the entire time. Some boaters were coming to the Point to fish from shore because they weren't hitting fish out in the sound. We talked to a lot of disappointed anglers. Our B&B hosts said they were hearing the same reports from their guests.

[AOJ: This week's ADFG fishing report for PWS and the Valdez/Whittier area has the same information.

"- Silvers are slow and hopefully just late at Allison Point. There are some in there but you may have to put some time in to get them.

- Silvers are still slow out of Whittier as well. A few rolling in and around the harbor and the head of the bay, but not much. Silvers are still being picked up out in the gulf, so they may just be waiting to come in."


Looks like a wait and see year but the clock is ticking and time is running out. I think I'm heading to Seward. At least you can see the silvers jumping and rolling and know they are out there swimming around whether they have lock jaw or biting on lead hooks.]

ANGLER:  MichaelRyanSD
TRIP DATE:  8/29
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Fish Creek
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Got down to the creek at about 1015 this morning, right before high tide. Fished until 1230 or so. Everyone was shooting blanks, it was like someone turned the COHO faucet off all of a sudden. There was 20 or so anglers down there, didn't see anyone with anything on their stringers.

[AOJ: Hmmm. I don't know what to tell ya. Here are the Coho Counts through the weir for the past few days.
8/25=307
8/26=131
8/27=943
8/28=106
8/29=517

That's 2004 silvers getting through the gauntlet in five days thru Friday. Lot of fish slipping right by all those hooks. :-)]


ANGLER:  kenai75
TRIP DATE:  8/29
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Rainbows

REPORT: I thought it was illegal to remove rainbows from the waters of the Kenai River?

[AOJ: You thought wrong. Read the regs.]

ANGLER:  Larry
TRIP DATE:  July
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Homer
SPECIES:  Halibut

REPORT: A quick response to the tourist folks critical of the new halibut regs. While my fishing buddies and I, all tourists, are disappointed about the loss of a general rule of a simple two fish limit, we changed our tactics for the unders switching to spinning rods with jigs and hitting the chicken holes. What a blast, dozens of fish apiece, and coming away with an over and an under and totally exhausted arms. You couldn't wipe the smile off our faces all evening long, even after a stop at the Salty Dawg. I'm not qualified to argue the local issues, but we adapted and and just maybe had more fun that before. We'll be there next year for year 10. Looking at those recent trout pictures, thinking I might need a fall trip next year!

Thanks for all your work on the site, and coming armed with a host of KKKK's next July.
Have a safe winter.

[AOJ: Yes the size limit restriction on the Southcentral halibut charter anglers might not sit well with some folks. But times change and since the total halibut harvest is divvied up between commercial longliners, charter boats, and private anglers each year and is based on the abundance of surplus fish that can be harvested the halibut have been on a slight declining slump so there are concerns about limiting the harvest of larger, spawning size fish. But the encouraging news is there seems to be one heck of a lot of juvenile chickens and ping pong paddles growing up now.]

ANGLER:  Doug C
TRIP DATE:  8/26
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Bay
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: After a slow week on a skiff my buddy and I heard that people we snagging at the culvert by the harbor. We decided on our last day to give it a shot. At incoming tide the fish were jumping all over and it was fish on! I caught 3 in about 2 hours and there were people hooking up all around me. It looks like we are leaving just as the fish are coming into the bay. It is good to see that they are back. We also fished Thumpy and Thumb Cove from our skiff. If you have never been to either, they are beautiful.

ANGLER:  Tex/Ark
TRIP DATE:  8/22
REGION:  Southeast
WATER:  Glacier Bay
SPECIES:  Halibut, Salmon

REPORT: Our family has just made our yearly trip to fish in Gustavus. Apparently, an earthquake in the area several weeks ago has disrupted the fishing there somewhat. We saw only 2 whales the whole week we were there and that was a good indication that baitfish had vacated the area due to what I was told a black mud that colored the water from the earthquake.

Thankfully it had cleared some when we got there. Made fishing a little harder as had to find them. Salmon had not come in and only caught 1 all week. Did catch our limit of halibut 2 days. Caught one that was 200 pounds but let the big girl go. The weather was fantastic. Sunny, warm and just beautiful seeing the beautiful scenery. I appreciate this site to be able and see what people are catching. I would like to hear more from this area of fishing.

[AOJ: Ah, you got your wish. Scrolling down a few reports there is some fresh info from the Tsiu and Kiklukh rivers area. This past week was has been smoking for silvers in that area as you can see by the photos and the angler results. This could be a good place to try on your annual migration next season. Carolinaboy will be at the lodge where these fish were taken in a few weeks and will be reporting his trip. Sounds like a good long season for coho availability down that way and they did good on the flatfish too.]

ANGLER:  carolinaboy
TRIP DATE:  8/26
REGION:  Southeast
WATER:  POW Island
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: KK,

No gold nuggets down in the Southeast.......BUT there is this Secret Silver Mine.....and the miners have struck the Motherlode. Doh! now it's not a secret anymore.

The pile of silver on the dock (in the report a few pieces below this) was caught Tuesday of this week(26th) and the 16# Coho a week or so before that. This is coming from the Lodge where I'll be in two weeks. So my personal report should be sent to AOJ around the 20th of September.

So to dispel the myth about fishing in SE AK....it's so good I am going to be in trouble just for posting this.
tight lines,
Steve Price

[AOJ: Those really are some solid looking silvers. We'll be looking forward to the success of your report and those photos.]

ANGLER:  907 blue creek
TRIP DATE:  8/27
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: I took my 10yrs old and we were on the Bridge..when everyone was down in the hole of Y and gosh there it was 7-8 was behind those guys..I got my 2 and when tide went up..everyone was on the curve across the patio..I was a little bit up..again...I got my 3rd..combat is not..come back..its going the end the season...oh boy!

[AOJ: Ah you know that the LIMIT for SHIP Creek has been raised to FIVE per day by Emergency Order a few weeks ago?]

ANGLER:  REMJ
TRIP DATE:  8/26
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Upper Kenai River
SPECIES:  Floating for Rainbows

REPORT: I had the opportunity to join family and a friend on the Kenai River to do a drift with one of the upper Kenai guide services and could not pass it up! We used guide-provided Sage fly rods and reels...more on that later. The set-up was to fish beads under indicators to entice the trout into thinking they were getting a free snack. I had not ever fished beads on the Kenai before and was quite pleased with how well the technique worked! I caught too many trout to count. Easily many, many dozens. Bunches of them were well over 20 inches and more than a handful were in the 25+ class. A couple photos have been provided of rainbows. I didn't get a picture of any Dolly Varden, but they were also plentiful and some were huge. I enjoyed the Dollies the best. Their coloration was quite varied, some with remarkable, bright colors.

I made specific mention of the fly rod and reel because I usually use an Ugly Stik rod with a decent-enough Okuma reel for fly offerings to salmon. My arm, shoulder, and right side of my body feel pretty sore after a day of flogging the water with that equipment combo. The Sage products were SO DIFFERENT! The setup felt as light as a feather. With a simple movement or two, I could reposition my bead, mend line, feed line, whatever needed to be done and it seemed quite effortless. The guide (Stacy) showed me a few techniques and principles that made using the fly rod such a treat.

In addition to the many dozens of trout that I landed (we released them all), I got a couple of Sockeye. They were fun to catch, but I eagerly got them off the hook ASAP so I could get back to catching the trout. I briefly battled a Chinook too, but when another member of my party also hooked the same fish, both of our battles were ended by the massive fish with quickly-broken lines.

One of the highlights of the trip was an early-morning sighting of a sow brown bear with her two cubs. My quick snapshot didn't come out too great, but it certainly was something I will remember for quite some time. The two cubs had the signature "collar" of light color that cubs sport and I was close enough to see it...very cool! I need to fish for trout on the Kenai again, SOON!

[AOJ: The angler in the background of that one pic looks like Fish On and waiting for the guide to bring over the net!! :-) Beautiful fish. And I believe the Kenai River is going through another biological transformation with the Dolly Varden population starting to grow by some significant numbers again. For a long time the Rainbows just pushed them out of the picture but I'm seeing more and more juvenile Dollies in my minnow traps when sampling the river composition and much fewer young rainbows. In the early 70's you couldn't buy a rainbow in this river because the Dollies were the overwhelming population. Coming full circle it appears. Another 5 years and there will be 10 pound Dollies in full spawning colors again on the spawning riffles each Fall. ]

ANGLER:  fishak77
TRIP DATE:  8/18-22
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Clear Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers/Chum/Rainbows/Dollies

REPORT: Had a great week on the water up out of Talkeetna (Clear Creek)18-22. 7 of us fished Monday through Thursday with limits of silvers everyday. We had to sift through all the chums to get our silvers though. Catching around 60-70 chums a day will take a toll on your body and your tackle to include my 8wt Sage rod and and 3 St Croix spinning rods. We did manage a mess of rainbows and dollies as well. All in all it was a blast. This was my first time fishing this fishery but guarantee it won't be my last. Thanks for all you do KK really enjoy this site and the info that comes with it.



[AOJ: Now that is an Alaskan fishing trip!]


ANGLER:  kmedmd
TRIP DATE:  8/24
REGION:  Southeast
WATER:  Tsiu and Kiklukh rivers
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: It has been a while since my last post. I will drop in every once in a while and give a report of an area not usually mentioned here.

Just returned from a great trip fishing the Tsiu and Kiklukh rivers. The Tsiu was off the chain. Huge silvers right out of the ocean. The Kiklukh was slower, but historically doesn't fish hot until the first week of September.

If you want constantly large coho on the fly go to the Tsiu late August and you will never be disappointed.

ADDENDUM @ 11:30am THIS JUST IN. LOL. Here are a couple photos that came in after the report to allow readers to judge for themselves whether SE is HOT or Not! I'd say the pictures speak for themselves. But to give you all some additional info, that is a SIXTEEN POUND Coho held up. The pile of coho on the dock represent a small portion of 12 Anglers fishing for 3 days and limiting out on silvers every day by 9am. Fish averaged ten pounds each and the group landed a TON of fish in those 3 days. That is SIX silver per angler, 60 pounds of live weight times three days = 2160 pounds of prime ocean bright Alaskan wild salmon. Not to mention getting limits of rockfish and halibut too. That sure seems like something to brag about if I lived in SE.


[AOJ: Yes indeed, reports from Southeast are as rare as finding a gold nugget at your feet while fishing in Ship Creek. :-) Occasionally I'll get something from the Situk in Yakutat and a rare steelie report from SE, but the silence is puzzling. Either the fishing is disappointing enough to not want to report or is so GOOD that they don't want to spread it around. HA. The Tsiu has had a number of fishing articles written about its terrific fishing over the years and is definitely a great destination.]

ANGLER:  Observer
TRIP DATE:  8/28
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Halibut Fishing
SPECIES:  Limit restrictions

REPORT: Reading Florida Fisher's report and final decision to stop fishing Homer due to limitations on the halibut harvest I am a bit disappointed. I am assuming that his only desire was to harvest halibut. If that is the case then he probably made the right decision but will likely be disappointed a lot in his life. Fishing is just that, fishing and never stays the static. Adapt or die. There is a lot of outstanding SW fishing to be had in Homer and several other ports for huge lingcod, rockfish and salmon. To be so stuck on Halibut or Kenai Kings really limits a person’s horizons. I would have been disappointed to find that my fishing plans were impacted by a closure but that happens all the time with abundance based management. Enjoy your vacation and if you catch a few fish along the way then it is a bonus.

I hope he comes back as I have met many wonderful folks from the lower 48 up here on fishing and hunting adventures (many from Florida). Relax and enjoy the ride.

[AOJ: Was just in Fred Meyer's in Soldotna yesterday. Stopped by the seafood department and saw some small fillets with a $23 price tag that would not have even been a meal for me. It was Halibut, priced at $19.99 per pound. When next to it you could buy Red King Crab legs for $13 per pound. Now I tell you, I'll take king crab and melted butter over "previously frozen" halibut any day at that price difference. I just don't understand that marketing approach as few if any people are willing to pay that kind of price for a piece of common everyday Alaska fish. And as you note, there are MANY other fish in the sea to catch besides halibut or along with halibut. I hope he would try a combo for salmon/halibut, or halibut/rockfish, or rockfish/salmon and enjoy the variety and still fill the fish box.]

ANGLER:  Galli
TRIP DATE:  8/27
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Had some beauties rolling through the Russian today. Me and my brother had a blast! The rainbow fishing was awesome as well!

ANGLER:  Duchess
TRIP DATE:  8/26
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Quartz Creek
SPECIES:  Dollies and trout

REPORT: Went down for a midweek trip for trout. Parked in the Crescent Creek campground parking with the wife and hit it around 11 or so this morning. Had 4 nice sized dollies (largest around 18" and smallest 13-14") and a 12 inch 'bow before 2pm. After that the trout wised up or they just get lazy during midday because fishing fell off dramatically after 2. From 2-4:30 or so I'd get them to turn but pretty much nothing more. Had 2 soft strikes during that last bit on the water.

Had great success with an articulated flesh fly. I think the color is called dirty sock or something. Kind of a dirty white of sorts. Wife was using a flesh fly with a bead and she caught more other fish than trout.

Figures I would forget the camera or my phone as the colors on the fish this time of year are so pretty.

Tight lines everyone.

ANGLER:  Florida Fisher
TRIP DATE:  8/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Homer
SPECIES:  Halibut and Silvers

REPORT: Been visiting Homer and Seward every year since 2008, great fishing and tremendous views. We did not catch the change in Halibut limits until after we had made our reservations, decided to come anyway. We booked 3 trips out of Homer with some fine folks on the Spit that we had been out with 2 previous two times. The weather gods, fish gods, and regulatory changes proved to be too much. We discovered that the regulatory changes applied only us, visitors taking charter boats to go fishing. So, we will not be coming back. Good luck to all hard working folks in both fleets, we enjoyed it.

[AOJ: Yes indeed the halibut size limit change only applies to those anglers going out with commercial fishing guides and charters since that is the group that harvests the most sport caught halibut (between charters and private boats) and is the easiest to regulate by requiring fishing log reporting by the captains of their catches each day. Pacific Halibut are regulated by an International Commission comprised of all the North Pacific countries who commercially engage in harvesting this species. So harvest limits set for commercial boats and charter boats are agreed to by the representatives of each of those countries. So its not something that the State of Alaska or ADFG has anything to do with. The restrictions imposed on the Southeast Alaska charters are even more severe so you don't want to go fishing down there if our regs in Southcentral was not acceptable. You may have to fish WA or OR saltwater as I believe British Columbia has restrictions too. Don't know about Pacific NW states but they are harvesting the same fish too and may not be exempt from these new changes.]

ANGLER:  tyeeguy37
TRIP DATE:  8/23
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Rabideux to Sheep Creek Slough
SPECIES:  Coho, Rainbows, Char, Suckers, Pinks

REPORT: Can't agree more than what "bassfishinglawyer" reports. Despite media and other reports, the fishing in Talkeetna area last week was hit and miss. Been doing this trip for 10-12 years and gotten friends from TN,GA,MO,WA and CA involved over the years. Expect its really gonna get hot for silvers in Sept?

I was in the parking lot when the guys above were really trying to decide if they could get a vehicle down the trail to the bottom to pick up this poor lady and as I told them it couldn't be done. I advised against them trying to pack out an already severely injured person and call for rescue. To their credit they decided to do it on their own. I had already left for flight out of ANC and didn't see the rescue. Hope my group would do it for me. I took a fall face down in the water on Sheep a few days before but nothing but twisted knee and a few bruises to my ego and a lot of laughs from the bank.

KK you do a fantastic job.

ANGLER:  HJH
TRIP DATE:  8/21-25
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Valdez
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Back to Wyoming from Valdez this morning, and contrary to one report here, the silvers are NOT in the Valdez Arm in big numbers. It is 2012 all over again, with the large schools way out in PWS, many near Montague Island, just like 2012. A couple of halibut charters did very well on silvers near the island. Three of us caught 21 salmon in 8 days of trolling and mooching, with most caught trolling. Last year was limits every day. Very few jumpers this year, and no big schools. Sea lions did better than the anglers. Boats were scattered everywhere from Galena Bay to the City Dock, with very few anglers on the dock and few concentrations of fish. August 21-25 were particularly bad, one fish per day and few strikes or fish printed. We caught 13 fish the first two days, then they were hard to find. When there are dozens of boats and you see only about a half dozen silvers caught all day, there aren't a lot around. They are undoubtedly coming, but who knows when?

[AOJ: Leave it to the fish to spoil us in one area (Southcentral Matsu, Knik, TA and Anchorage) and disappoint us in others (Valdez/PWS/Whittier, Kenai Peninsula except Seward). Anglers are still waiting on the Kenai and its nearing the end of the first run into the Kenai River now. So I guess they didn't pan out and hope the September run will make up for it, especially with our limit there going to 3 per day. Fingers crossed. Thanks for the additional scoop from Valdez.]

ANGLER:  AK DEE
TRIP DATE:  8/24
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward Beaches
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Late report but me and Tyler headed down to Seward for some snagging. Checked out the falls and saw 3 jumpers, headed over to the stream outlet near the campground and saw two hooked. Tried our luck and didn't hook any, went to the dry dock off Nash and saw no jumpers. Went to Nash Road beach at the mouth of Resurrection and saw no one there and went back to the campground area. At the mouth of the little stream people were hooking and I hooked an lost one. Put in roughly 4 hours and got 5, my son with the biggest. Was hot on the outgoing, sorry no pics this time was too tired after gutting fish and drove home. Great time and worth the trip, watch out for that seaweed!

[AOJ: Thanks AK DEE for the fresh news. At least the fish have arrived early enough in August this year for more anglers to get a few before the summer is over. So often they drag their "feet" moving to the head of the bay and by the time they arrive they are beginning to blush. So this is a much better year so far for the beach bunnies.]

ANGLER:  siskiyoucrash
TRIP DATE:  8/21-24
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Valdez
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Came over on the Ferry from Whittier the 21st. Beautiful trip! Fished the incoming tide off the rocks between the Hatchery and the Terminal. Wife caught a very nice Hen about 12lbs. That was the only fish that day. Fished the IT again the next day and I picked a limit, but one was medium and one was very small. We fished it again yesterday and did nothing! Saw a few fish caught but it is far from being good. As usual pink and red seem to produce best, but I did see a huge Buck landed on a Chartreuse Pixie by a young guy from Maryland. Some old Jackwagon tried to force him off his spot soon afterward but it didn't work! Bottom line, they aren't here yet in numbers, but there are some good ones.

[AOJ: Just as the sun always rises, so will the coho finally arrive on the beaches at Valdez. :-) With the great silver numbers for the Matsu, Knik and Anchorage areas this season I am keeping my fingers crossed that Seward and Valdez would be overrun with fish along the beaches this year. Time will tell but right now its just plain old fishing. Seward is producing some for anglers putting in the hours. See report above this.]

ANGLER:  Nushagak transplant
TRIP DATE:  8/25
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Well, I've been fishing the creek for a month, and have done fairly well. Went down Monday morning just at the right time to throw some eggs out... had 2 take-downs that I missed, finally set the hook on the third bobber-down. Now as the end of August nears, I have visions of Valdez in the near future. Tight lines.

[AOJ: Glad to hear the ditch is still pumping out some fish for the smoker or freezer. Anglers have been pretty quiet down on the mud banks lately.

Valdez coho reports have been erratic. And so is the fishing right at this moment. ADFG says they are late. Some anglers have picked a few from the beaches. Others have found a few fish one day and zip the next on the beaches. See the report that just came in right above this one. But you can't catch'em if you don't give it a try.]

ANGLER:  Ovis
TRIP DATE:  8/25
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward beaches
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Fished the afternoon HT today at the falls and Lowell Point. Mostly chucking weight, but some hardware. Few folks fishing from the beaches, nothing landed. Most of us did a good job of soaking up the rain while we ogled the jumpers 50' off of shore. My buddy who is on a short visit did score a solid catch with the

treble.

[AOJ: Ah, that's what you call pike bait. Stick that on a tip up this winter on a pike lake and turn it into some delicious eating. At least there were rollers and jumpers to let everyone know they weren't fishing empty water. I'm waiting on a break in this weather to get over there. Got my GoPro downrigger camera system all painted up like a salmon now. So I'm getting close. ]


ANGLER:  MeChillinAK
TRIP DATE:  8/22
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Fish Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT:

I was able to land a nice fat hen with my 9wt fly rod with a KKK fly. It was a slow day for the bobbers and baiters, but I kept on hooking up with the mighty silvers. I could have limited but I lost a few flies (in the mouth); need to work on better knot tying. Rookie mistakes but still trying to learn the right setup and techniques for fly fishing. This one is headed to my smoker in a Ghost Pepper brine!

[AOJ: It sounds like you have made marvelous progress this season. And it really is a joy to catch a fish on a fly you have personally tied up. Just not the same catching a fish on salmon eggs you cured yourself. LOL The Internet has lots of information on tying fishing knots and which ones have the most strength. They all vary in strength so you want to use one that is at least 80% or higher knot strength of the pound test line you are using. I invented my own knot back in 1970 in the first year I got here. It was actually a mistake. I was trying to duplicate a knot a relative had showed me a month earlier and never could figure it out but came up with this one I have used exclusively on everything I tie up. It has never broken or failed ME in 44 years. But the ONE TIME it did fail was when my step mom was visiting in 1981 and on the last day of Kenai king season at 10pm that night, she hooks into an 80+ pounder and valiantly fought it all the way to the boat in front of a campground full of spectators cheering her on from the bank, only to lose it at the boat as my dad was trying to net it. The knot broke. Of all times in the "history" of tying this knot, I'll never forget that one failure. Some day I may let the cat out of the bag and announce this one to the world. Keep your hooks sharp! And keep showing up those organic anglers.]


ANGLER:  Bassfishinglawyer
TRIP DATE:  8/23
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Rabideux to Sheep Slough
SPECIES:  Silvers and Bows

REPORT: My group of 7 from KS, OK, and TX spent 4 days in this area looking for Silvers. We ended up catching several out of all of these locations (except Goose, where we were rainbow fishing) but it was really hit and miss. Persistence was the common denominator. We caught them on roe, spinners, pixies, and flies.

Nothing seemed to outshine the others. The dropping water on Montana, Sunshine, and Birch made it tougher toward the end of the week. All in all, a great trip on my third time to the area. The highlight of our trip may have been carrying a lady up out of Sheep who had broken her ankle such that her foot was pointing at a 90° angle. I hope you are okay Deborah from Mesa, AZ.

[AOJ: Ouch, been there one time with a nasty ankle one too. Still have a 9 inch titanium plate and 11 screws down there. In fact just now I tried my brand new 2 hour old top of the line metal detector (which I'm reading the owners/operators manual on right now) on my ankle and it yelps like a wounded banshee. But even louder is the titanium rod running down the inside of my femur from hip joint to knee. That really screams on this detector. Yet I breeze through airport security without a blip. ?? Must be my positive aura. Glad you guys were versatile and kept all options open for moving around and also having a wide variety in your arsenal. Alaska really isn't a "piece of cake" much of the time and does require some angler skills as well as persistence to capitalize on these fish. Hurry back.]

ANGLER:  Sponsored by Ohara
TRIP DATE:  8/24
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Anchor River
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Decided to hit the Anchor in the rain today. Started near Blackwater at one of my usual holes, nothing not a dolly in sight. Worked down a few holes and couldn't get a strike on any bead or fly I threw. The river is coming up but usually dolly fishing is pretty reliable no matter water level unless the river is totally blown out. Oh well better head down below the bridge and hope for better luck.

Walked up from steelhead parking and started drifting a black and purple esl through a deep hole, no luck after a bit so I start throwing a blue vibrax on my spinning setup. I got some weak hits and lost a few after brief hookups but I couldn't get a good hookup. After adjusting my position to a spot from which I could see fish moving and holding I tied on a Krill Killer and started drifting it through a riffle and letting it swing through the pool at the end. I watched as the Krill fly swung quickly sideways in front of a lone silver then saw that fish lunge forward and strike, it was awesome. And I managed to land my first silver on the 7 wt, icing on the cake.

With today's rain it seemed like the river came up two or three inches in the few hours I was there and visibility was down pretty far. Tomorrow we're off to check on the fishing hole after work, hoping more fish show up there, personal use set netting was very efficient this year.

[AOJ: That Krill Killer looks like one of mine after about ten sockeye have chomped on it. That sight fishing for individual fish and swinging the fly across their nose is the way I learned how to fish this fly on the Russian. I would find a flat riffle (no holding water) and wait until I spotted a fish moving upstream to the next hole. I'd time my flip to land ahead of and beyond the fish as it moved up. When I had everything perfect and the fly would swing within a foot of the fish's nose quite often it would make a dash and grab it or turn its head and grab it. The bright sparkle of the crystal flash in oranges, yellows and chartreuse made the fly really stand out and glow in the clear water affording a chance to make slight adjustments in the drift and swing to get closer to the fish.

As far as the coho gillnet fishery on the spit, it didn't last long this year before they reached the quota and the nets were pulled by EO at 6am last Friday morning. So I'm sure that has allowed a few late arriving silvers to show up for the snaggers and anglers to target again.]

ANGLER:  Salmono
TRIP DATE:  8/21
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Valdez
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: ADFG forecast is off folks, big silvers in on the beaches and breakwaters! Combat and worse fishing but worth it .. Pics forthcoming.

[AOJ: Ah, I waited until 2am for those pics but am going to crash and check in the morning.]

ANGLER:  Psylas
TRIP DATE:  8/24
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward beaches
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: First off just want to say thank you KK for all the work you put into AOJ. I've gained a wealth of knowledge on how to fish the state by reading the site. Again thank you. My first post. I just got back fishing from the Waterfront RV Park. Got one take using a blue/silver vibrax. Unfortunately it broke my 15 test line. Switched to a stronger test but no other biters. Gentleman next to me was able to pull two in about 30 minutes time using a pink/silver vibrax. There where a lot of jumpers but all seemed to have lock jaw. The guys using the trebles were producing pretty good. Will be back next weekend hopefully with better luck. Take care and tight lines!

[AOJ: Thanks for the kudos. Depending on your need to put a few more in the freezer before winter, its not shameful (in spite of the groans of a few purists out there) to engage in harvesting this put-n-take stocked salmon resource. If they don't get eaten by people they end up as compost in nature since many of these fish are hatchery grown. I prefer to cycle my share through my digestive tract first so you'll find a weighted treble or two and a 15' surf rod in the truck as a backup plan when I visit Seward. I'm a carnivore and not ashamed of it. But I'm confident my AREA 51 Specials are going to be winners in cracking that lock jaw mystery. (But Plan C: I also have two packs of troll herring in the freezer as my backup.) I'm seeing the potential for a sunny weather window on Tuesday or maybe even Wednesday. Gonna try to shoot for that. Hope to see some photos of your success next weekend. ]


ANGLER:  FastCast
TRIP DATE:  8/23
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Montana Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers/Rainbows

REPORT: Lots of people still fishing, but no bright colored silvers remaining.

Everything caught was brick-red in color. Trout we're hitting consistently on beads... Managed to land 7 'bows near the mouth... All trailing chums.

[AOJ: Yes it might be that Jim Creek and Fish Creek as well as a few streams in Turnagain Arm might be the last of the eating/smoking silvers. Things change quickly. Seward and Kenai River will be the last of the fresh fish holdouts. But the Kenai has not put a good year in the books for coho so far. Most say its the poorest return they have seen in many years. Hope the second run in September comes through but I have my doubts. Speaking with Capt. Shane the other day he is not finding hardly any silvers out in the Inlet now and most all his salmon are feeder kings now.]

ANGLER:  This Butt's For You
TRIP DATE:  8/24
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward - Resurrection Bay
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: 3 of us started around 10AM trolling right out of Harbor. Fish were jumping, but weren't biting. Vegetarian fish are in big numbers this year. Trolled to Lowell Point without a hookup. Decided to go out towards Day Harbor hoping I'd find fish looking for the buffet but instead wasted gas. If there's fish, I realized I should just wait it out for them.

Started trolling again between Caines Head and Lowell Point for a last ditch effort. Landed 1. It was good to have fish on-board. I was wondering if I had the "Cooler" on-board or a hidden stash of bananas. Dropped one person off at the dock around 4:30 and went back to same point. After I dropped him off, managed two more. Must have been the "Cooler" and his stash of bananas.

Plenty of people fishing off the rocks in town. Not sure how they were doing.

[AOJ: Yep, even banana nut bread will do it. But my zucchini nut bread is actually a good luck charm I'll be using in the next day or two over there. (Got zucchini coming out my ears this year and need to bake up and put another 4 loaves in the freezer soon! Little do folks know what Xmas presents they will be getting this year. And don't worry, none of them are AOJ regulars/readers so I didn't tip my hand. . .they always just call me direct to find out what is going on.) Sounds like your drop off was the pariah on the boat. HA HA. Sometimes ya gotta put them on the beach.

Well, if fish are schooling along the beaches and rocks the "lead" bite is usually producing fish for the beach bunnies. I'm getting ready to make a trip to Seward in a day or two. (Waiting on a new "toy" to arrive that will make me a millionaire 10X over! And famous to boot!) Don't know if I'll bring the riverboat and do some trolling around town or just work from the beach and rock piles. I've got a number of experimental trolling lures to try on saltwater silvers (and later this winter on Homer feeder kings with Shane) that are currently untested on real fish. Oh I've caught a ton of them in my dreams on these things. But REEL PROOF is needed to confirm my theories on the effectiveness of these babies. And the variety and diversity of these lures will take more than one day of fishing to test them all. Especially if one of the first ones I try starts hitting fish right away.

Seward silvers, once they enter into the main body of Resurrection Bay seem to get lock jaw quite a bit. I've been doing AOJ for 19 fishing seasons now and have seen that scenario over and over again around town. There is no doubt the silvers are thick when you see them rolling and jumping all around you yet every boat you are trolling around is having the same slow success as you. I have found one method of fishing on those days that ended up producing fish in the cooler when most everyone else was dragging the same bait for hours. But I haven't tested that enough on multiple times on those tough days to confirm it is the alternative folks need to switch to on those dog days of the silver run. But I'll start with my AREA 51 Specials and give them a workout even if I go home skunked. There is always the treble hook to save face at the last minute.

I am in the process of re-rigging my downrigger with 250# test wire cable rather than the 150# stock line. And yeah, Capt. Shane has warned me that if I snag up with that setup I'll probably rip the downrigger off the boat. WELL, warning acknowledged Captain. But I'll take the chance. I've got an exotic GoPro downrigger camera system I have built that is using 12 pound cannonballs as well as a bulky PVC housing for the camera and I don't want to have the lighter wire snap and send $500 worth of lead, camera mount and camera to Davey Jones' Locker. And besides, my downriggers (1985 Model Unitrolls) only applies enough friction drag on the wire spool to hold the weight at my desired depth. Any additional drag or pull on the line (from encountering a shrimp pot buoy line or the bottom) will immediately start slipping wire cable as the drag spools out thus giving me enough time to stop the boat and hopefully recover my gear without a break off. And too, I'm not going to take any chances dragging my tackle down near the bottom where an unexpected outcrop could materialize and get me. The camera system is the best way to determine how the fish are reacting to various lures, baits, and tackle configurations. And especially when you are working in territory that is outside the norm of today's methods and tackle used. Some of these experimental things could attract large groups of silver followers and not one taker. Then again, it might provide a strike as soon as one fish spots the presentation. A camera system is the only way to really know what is going on when you are experimenting.

Damn, enough of this chatter. Need to get back to my work bench and finish up these loose ends before the road trip. BTW, because my camera mount and weight system is so long, I'm going to paint it silver and add a fish eye and gill plate to thing to simulate a salmon swimming along in front of my lure system. I was never a fan of BLACK downrigger weights. Too similar to a predatory seal or orca. Even if the size is not close, color may what determines the fish's primary reaction. One of those scenarios in Fishdom that if you are wrong you are DEAD.]

ANGLER:  Carp
TRIP DATE:  For 8/30
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Peninsula streams
SPECIES:  Trout bumming

REPORT: Thanks KK for the amazing site you run. I follow your page all year long and glean so much information. I will be trout bumming all over the Kenai Peninsula for 2 Wks starting Aug 30th and you can be sure I will be contributing to your angler reports. Thanks for the KKK recipe. By the reports, looks like you came up with a killer pattern or was it Alaska Jake. Lol! Thanks again for what you do.
Cheers,
James "Carp" Carpenter
The TroutMen

[AOJ: Those are some mighty fine flies with a great body wrap pattern and should last you a few seasons. One of the most "hidden" benefits of this style of fly pattern is their longevity. Because there are fewer foul hookups with this fly, anglers don't lose many on snagged fish that break off and steal your fly. And due to their construction they are very durable. Most of the time these flies literally get worn out from being fished so much and eventually "retired". I've got several stuck in my alder branches around my fishing spot that took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. At some point you end up honoring that 'courageous' fly for its exemplary service to the cause! LOL

AKJake can't take much credit for the pattern. But he did constantly provide the incentive for me to build a better mousetrap. His ulterior motive? Every sockeye that was landed and destined for the freezer or smoker rewarded him with a dog treat. When you keep striking out and keep looking back at that glaring pup waiting for his treat....well you end up with the Kenai Krill Killer. Puts a smile on his face more often now. (You can't imagine the look I get from him when I was using the old coho flies and having to release a landed but foul hooked fish. He just didn't understand we have regulations as well as ethics.)

September is our rainy season as you know so be prepared for Plan B if necessary. Smaller streams on the KP can get blown out easier than Kenai and Kasilof but this year the small streams have held up very well against the numerous rain storms we have had after the wildfire was over. Steelhead will be moving into those small streams soon as well as heading up the Kasilof River too. For the Russian not many but enough coho moving up the clearwater to target as well as all the rainbows and dollies now behind the greenheads and tomatoes. Quartz dollies will be in full feeding mode on the sockeye spawn. But don't put all your eggs in one basket! I can see by your tying skills that you will be carrying an arsenal of alternative patterns to switch to just in case. Can't beat a bead at this time of the year. Good luck.]


ANGLER:  REMJ
TRIP DATE:  8/23
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Fish Creek
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: . Despite dead low tide, I elected to go to Fish Creek (mile 16.1 Knik Goose Bay Road) with my fly rod and a Krill Killer. The water was low, low, low. I went downstream from the bridge. I noticed that lots of people were fishing close to the bridge and mostly chasing chums and pinks, or so it seemed. I "waded" downstream in mostly-ankle-deep water down just past where there is a "private property" fence just adjacent to the waterway. I chose a hole that was maybe 18 inches to two feet deep to dip my fly into the water. I had maybe a total length fly line plus leader of ten feet out, that's it. Water was low! Inside of thirty to forty five minutes, I had two silvers landed! Totally unexpected, since the "book" is that Fish Creek is the place that requires sport fishers to time the tides. My schedule, the 6A-6P Fish Creek Schedule, and the tide charts didn't coincide, so sometimes you just have to give it a shot!


[AOJ: There is still 2 to 3 weeks of silver left in this run. And with school starting up, huntting seasons open and last minute honey do lists still needing to be finished up there will probably always be a few fish available for those that give this little stream a try.]

ANGLER:  Bowtie
TRIP DATE:  8/22
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Trout

REPORT: Worked Grayling around the confluence to the ferry throwing 6 mm orange and red beads. Caught 15 bows (no dollies) in about 3 hours. Biggest about 17 inches. Brown bear sow with 3 cubs popped into the log jam hole just above the sanctuary and were well behaved. In the process of moving out of the area, I lost a red handled fillet knife. If you find it please give me a shout the knife has a lot of sentimental value. One final note I did not see many silvers holding or moving through the area during the short time I was there.

[AOJ: Silvers are still on the low counts but Thursday was 50 and Friday counted 93 so the numbers are improving a bit with more arrivals.]

ANGLER:  Docspratley048
TRIP DATE:  8/23
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward beaches
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Hi...I have been watching this site in preparation for our trip to fish the Kenai next week. I am from lower 48, west coast Canuck. We fish silvers and pinks here off the beaches all of the time with 8 wt 10' fly rods. Very productive and effective when fish are staging. We use an intermediate sinking tip or dry line with no weight as the fish are not usually deep off the beaches. Look for a sloping gravel bottom or creek mouth as they prefer that type of beach. Most coho patterns work but a couple of standard patterns are the California Neal or Rolled Muddler. Fish the incoming tide as the fish move with this type of water. Give it a try as it should work off the Seward beaches also! Tight lines.

[AOJ: Thanks for your input and experience on fly fishing coho from the beaches. Every little bit helps. Good luck on your trip to the Kenai.]

ANGLER:  FishonFred
TRIP DATE:  8/21
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Little Su
SPECIES:  Wolves

REPORT: I went out to Point Mackenzie Little Su public use facility the other night to try and catch some of them silvers everyone has been talkin about. Every time I got my bobber and eggs cast out a boat would jam thru my hole. After a couple hours of hiking up and down the river with the same problem and no luck so I decided to sit on one of the metal walkways bout 100 yards downstream from the parking lot and have a smokebreak and rethink my approach. I see something move in the brush across the river. Out pops six beautiful wolves. Never seen one before let alone a whole pack. Soon as I stood up and made my cast they bolted. They were absolutely silent the whole time so be careful out there folks. I'm looking for something to bring home for dinner not to become dinner ...thanks for all the info. I catch many fish from the info on here.

[AOJ: Wolves are quite secretive as everyone knows (unless you are in Denali Park). In over 4 decades of being on the Kenai Peninsula I have only seen wolves 4 or 5 times. But going all the way back to my mining days in the beginning 1970's I encountered wolf track prints along our mining trail on many occasions. Yet never heard them or spotted even one up there in the mountains. Populations on the KP now are getting large enough where predation on moose calves has become just as significant as the brown bear predation on moose so there are some control programs being initiated here to thin down the populations in proportion to what the moose population can sustain and support without any further decrease in moose numbers. I consider spotting an unexpected wolf in just "plain ol' everyday Alaska" a real bonus over any other animal sighting.]

ANGLER:  Tartar Sauce
TRIP DATE:  8/22
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Bay
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: As a flyfishing newbie, I have a question that I hope you more experienced fishers can shed some light on. I am getting very comfortable using my 9 wt to go after salmon though to date have only managed to bring in some big hog chum (oh but what fun though!) at Montana Creek. Having only fished rivers and creeks, I am wondering if a fly rod is appropriate for fishing off the beach in Seward? Or is that likely to be an effort in futility? I can borrow a regular rod and spinning reel if that is the better tool for the job......(but I'd much rather use my fly rod and assortment of freshly tied krill killers.) Any guidance would be most appreciated!

[AOJ: I personally have not seen anyone fly casting from the beach. But I don't live there so can't say it doesn't happen. Some guys might try it targeting silvers and dollies both. I'd say you should confirm the effectiveness of the fly in saltwater before engaging in fly casting the traditional way and only reaching out a short distance from the beach. The fly may catch saltwater silvers but if you can't reach them with a fly rod then it would appear as if it failed. I would suggest using the pattern on a spinning rod with 15-20# test and a large split shot or two to cast out far enough to be within the zone the fish may be swimming in. That gives you a presentation that could confirm its effectiveness. If that pays off you might then find spots along the jetty where you could actually position yourself to cast the fly with a fly rod into deep water with a sink tip line and get it down to a working depth where the fish are. But they roll and jump on the surface too so anywhere in the water column may get the attention of a passing salmon.

One other alternative is the Resurrection River which has a short section of the freshwater from the bridge downstream which is open to rod and reel fishing and that may present some opportunities for fishing these coho in a stream environment. See the regs booklet for the map and location of the open freshwater area.]

ANGLER:  REMJ
TRIP DATE:  8/22
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  JIM Creek
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Saw the AOJ Private Angler Reports and the good news from Jim Creek, so decided to head out there today. Water down a bunch from a week or so ago, thankfully. Used fly rod, 15# leader, small to medium split shot about 20 inches and a Krill Killer that I had tied last month. Mine was eyeless (tried one with eyes first, no luck). Two nice silvers rather quickly. Just cast to about 11 o'clock, let her drift to about two o'clock, and fish on! One fish was very bright and one fish had a slight tinge of pink. Saw one other angler using similar technique and he limited easily too. Didn't see what fly he was using.

[AOJ: Ah, those are nice fresh fish. Definitely worth the trip in. It might have been that the eye'd version was a bit too heavy for that current and water depth and was getting down too deep in the short drift. You can tie up those with a pair of bead chain eyes that add almost no additional weight (because the beads are hollow) but do provide the shrimp eye look to the pattern. The hook point just tracks normally with point down in those. But versatility is the name of the game.]

ANGLER:  bird creek
TRIP DATE:  8/20
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Lost Fly Box, Silvers and Chum

REPORT: Lost a small blue magnetic closure fly box in the parking lot at Bird Creek. Anyone find it? Please email me sccrrob02 at gmail.com

Also caught some impressive Chum, but wasn't able to entice any silvers this time around. Thanks.

ANGLER:  Gig
TRIP DATE:  8/21
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  20 Mile
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Second hole, about 200 yards up we're a couple hundred, mix of pinks and silvers. Hole before the Y, there was a boat there each time I passed but saw both of them later, must not been much there. Last hole above the Y before the sharp left, saw a couple in there. Came back to second hole n tried for couple hours. Like everyone else, fish were not biting n very skittish. Only saw couple, one on each stringer that is. It was a beautiful day out though, beats going to work!!!!!

ANGLER:  dirty north
TRIP DATE:  8/20
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  JIM Creek
SPECIES:  Reds and Silvers

REPORT: Well the silvers are in at the ol mud hole ,,, I went last night and this morning. Limits for most anglers. Well those with a fly rod in there hands anyways. Bait fishing in Jim Creek looks pretty pointless. I saw one fella with roe get a fish and probably 30 to 50 people with a fly rod limit out so if ya wanna bait fish I'd stay at Eklutna. Not worth beating up your vehicle for no fish. All in all I hooked up 20 or more bright chromers, biggest one weighed was a hair over twelve pounds and nothing smaller then 8 pounds in my group. All limited and hooked ups were frequent. Tight lines and keep it legal.

P.S please remember all who fish in this great state the bears are hungry and if you don't want them intruding on your fav fishing hole throw your carcases in the fast moving water not the slow standing water where everybody fishes. Not only do I not want to smell them while I'm fishing but I'd like to not have to share my fishing hole with YOGI. Thanx for your time and good luck out there and be safe.

ANGLER:  crazy hawaiian
TRIP DATE:  8/21
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward - Seward Harbor
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: We stopped by Seward to see if we could catch any silvers. We got there at about noon and within 30 mins we each had a Silver. Lots of fun. Now on to Bings for some Rainbows.

[AOJ: Well that is the first silvers I've had reported from the beaches right in town so that is definitely FaceBook worthy too! Thanks for the confirmation there are fish all the way into town.]


ANGLER:  GerfsinAK
TRIP DATE:  8/15
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Valdez
SPECIES:  Coho Fever

REPORT: Hit Valdez Harbor at 17:00 last Friday and my wife had 2 nice cohos in about 20 minutes. I picked up a big buck after another 20 minutes trolling herring behind a flasher. With a diving planer. Had to pull out to meet some friends but got back in the harbor the next morning. Fishing slowed down and we only picked up two more through Sunday but lost a few others. Overall really slow but should get better. Cheers

[AOJ: The PWS ADFG report this week said that coho along the beaches at Allison Point are still few in numbers and difficult to put a hook in with all the pinks swarming the area. Their suggestion is give it another week for the beach anglers. Boats are still traveling further out to find the schools. Appears to be a delayed timing this season for Valdez area and Coho.]

ANGLER:  agimarc
TRIP DATE:  8/20
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Coho, Pink

REPORT: Fished the falling tide on Bird the last couple days hoping to grab a couple silvers. Technique is to drift eggs on the end of a fly line - which is an unnatural act that works. Picked up a single silver each day, both hens. Didn't fish very long. Tide was already below the bridges on Tuesday. Weds, it was past the hole I fished. There were 3-4 guys following the line down the creek. Couldn't tell what they were using, but they appeared to be getting limits as the silvers followed the water out of the creek.

In recent years, it seems like Bird has fished more tidal, not unlike Ship where the fish are in and out with the tide rather than laying down into holes in large numbers. When it is tidal, vibrax seems to do better than drifting eggs, at least at high tides. Flies also work pretty well then. Still don't think Bird is getting the numbers of fish that it used to get.

Now for a mini-rant. For visitors: When you ask how someone is catching fish or what to use, listen to them. When they tell you how to read the water and where to drift your stuff, listen to them. When they are standing ankle deep, don't stand knee deep in the water, as you will usually be right on top of where the fish are holding, making it more difficult to catch what you are fishing for. This is a wonderful resource and most of us would like everyone to be successful. Watch. Listen. Imitate what you see. (/rant) Cheers -

[AOJ: I get a lot of private inquiries from folks getting ready to come up on a fishing vacation asking for details on when to do it, where to do it, and HOW to do it. Most of the time they already have a particular time picked out for their travel so that often answers itself for the first couple of Qs since as we know, Timing Is Everything. But for the last one I'll give general guidelines and tell them to observe those anglers fishing legally and catching fish and imitate them. And even strike up a friendly conversation and often as not Alaskans will be happy to give pointers that will help create another ethical and legal angler harvesting our resources.]

ANGLER:  Double G
TRIP DATE:  8/20
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  LOST & FOUND: FISH BONKER & STRINGER

REPORT: Lost and Found: Hey buddy, I usually see you at the Tailrace. We talked about your rod and reel and how my buddy caught his limit by the time you got there on Tuesday morning. We arrived at the same time Wednesday. You left for work at 8:30 AM Wednesday morning and left your fish bonker and stringer. You can email me (KK has my email) or maybe I'll see you down there again. Pictures are from 8/12, but this way you can recognize me and my buddy. I'm in the camo goretex.

[AOJ: To the guy that lost the bonker, send me your email address on a fishing report form and I'll get you connected to Double G and your gear.]

Report for 8/20: Fishing was very slow Wednesday morning. Hopefully things aren't winding down just yet. Seen a few caught on bait, but the action was nothing like it was on previous days. Yamaha717 got two on bait under a bobber in 4 hours. I missed two solid take downs using bait under a bobber (not the usual haha!) in the same amount of time. Some days it's vibrax or flies, some days it's bait on the bottom, some days it's bait under a bobber. Good to experiment and be prepared.

KK: Love the site! And thank you for all that you do! Also, have you thought about making a separate section only for lost and found? And on another note, I couldn't figure out how to check the reports from earlier this year? Maybe it's me or my computer, but I scrolled down and the oldest report was 8/2/14. I also went to the Archive and it was only from 2013.

[AOJ: Well there isn't really that many lost and found incidents to warrant developing and maintaining another section when usually within a week of a lost or a found event the objects are either reunited or never will so those would just be outdated info. Regarding this active Fishing Page, it grows so fast and so large in file size that I need to trim it down a number of times each year to speed up page loading and reduce the download of data for those who have limited data plans on their cell phones. So the "Archived Reports" are always covering the full previous year for a reference and this year's "trimmed" reports will appear at the beginning of the new year in the archives.]

ANGLER:  camille2
TRIP DATE:  8/20
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER: 
SPECIES:  Just a Thanks

REPORT: I posted about 8-10 days ago with a trip report from the Kenai and asking for suggestions. I am back from a trip Outside and plan to try fishing again in a day or two. I just want to thank AOJ for the info, esp on the tip about fishing for silvers at first light. Great site.

[AOJ: Hurry hurry. Fish are starting to blush for those that have been in the freshwater for a while now. One thing for the Valley and Parks highway streams right now, the further up the Valley you go the fresher the silvers will be. So Montana and Sunshine might be better prospects. And there are still a LOT of fresh fish entering the Little Su River. The TUESDAY Little Su COHO count was 1068 silvers through the weir that day. Lots of fish moving up through the system. So whether you soak eggs or toss hardware, or have both to try to find out what works, the Lil Su might be a good bet. And the limit was raised to THREE PER DAY while you were gone! Big healthy run this year. Good luck.]

ANGLER:  Shirt
TRIP DATE:  8/19
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Little Su
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Beautiful day on the river! Took us two hours to get five on eggs under bobbers then I worked for two more hours for my third, with one jumping off and one breaking off. Then they were done. Wife wins again, 3 to 2. Thanks for all you do, AOJ!

ANGLER:  Bayman099
TRIP DATE:  8/16
REGION:  British Columbia
WATER:  Fraser River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: I know this is an Alaskan site, and it it awesome with all the reports and updates. Looking forward to my PWS trip late next week (just need the silvers to show up), however, thought I would post a pic from my trip to the Fraser River last weekend. Fishing and weather was hot. Limited each morning by 9AM.

[AOJ: Looks like the Canadian method is fishing from a boat for reds at least some of the time. Did you end up seeing the 23 million to 70 million sockeye run as they were expecting? AK Silvers for PWS? - you haven't missed them yet.]


ANGLER:  Joe Brooks
TRIP DATE:  8/13
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  JIM Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Good fishing at Jim after the crowd leaves and the baiters quit. Spoons jigged work good as some types of spinners.

ANGLER:  Icefisher138
TRIP DATE:  8/17
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Silvers Are biting at night under the lights on red and white flies. Being super aggressive on what seems to be their last few pushes. Pic to follow.

[AOJ: Hmmm, I wonder how well a glow-in-the-dark Krill Killer would do on them?]

ANGLER:  CCENBP
TRIP DATE:  8/2 & for 8/21
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Red and Silver Salmon

REPORT: KK - I wanted to first thank you for this awesome site. It is truly the best maintained site for information about fishing conditions in AK. I now live in MN, and follow this site almost daily, usually from the beginning of the red run through August and silvers.

On August 2nd, I reached out to my dad and brother-in-law and gave them both a huge guilt trip about not going down to the Kenai to fish. I said the counts (even though inflated by pinks) were strong, and they should get down there (since they had not been the entire season). We are fortunate enough to have a cabin on the river (middle river, about a mile from down from the Keys). I also told them about your website and the Kenai Krill Killer. I said it was a must to try (we have fly fished for over 30 years there, and this was a new idea that made sense to try, based on your awesome dedicated page and the success of others). Needless to say, they only were able to make it out for one day, but they both limited. They had to work for it as the fish came through in waves, but they both commented how the reds seemed to "hit" the fly, versus the pull through the mouth technique. So, enjoy the pictures, and thanks again for all you do for the sports fisherman in AK. (the pictures of my brother-in-law shows six reds, 3 were my dad's and he is taking the picture).

I am coming down to the Kenai for about 9 days starting this Friday with my 8 year old son. We both cannot wait, and it ensures the family will be on the river with us. I'm looking forward to my son catching a silver all by himself this year. I know the pinks are in heavy, but any recent word on silver fishing? I see that the river has crested and is expected to slowly fall, but that rain is in the forecast for next week. Has anyone had luck using a Kenai Krill Killer and fly fishing for silvers? Any different setup recommendations? This is something I want to try. Also, in all my years growing up there, I have never jig fished for them. I have always used vibrax, pixee, kwikfish, etc. Heard of any success casting with a jigging on the way back?

Most importantly, thanks again for your contributions to making fishing great in AK. Have a great day, and good luck to all fishing, no matter where you wet your line!


[AOJ: To begin, I like the added sparkle wrap in the body. NICE TOUCH and definitely another level of realism giving the appearance of translucency to break up the solid body look. I think I'm going to add some of that myself, especially for the Dolly and Silver fishing on the Lower KP streams. Perhaps even going with a few strands of glow in the dark flashabou as the wrap for fishing that first light bite at dawn.

The Kenai Pinks are past their prime and peak now and all this high water has "diluted" their concentrations now by scattering them around. They may not present too much of a nuisance by the time you arrive. As far as silvers, the early run had a shot of fish showing up in the last week of the dipnet fishery but as soon as August 1 arrived and bait was again allowed they thinned out so much that those guides fishing just above tidewater were not even limiting. A few days ago there were improving numbers entering the river and a trickle of coho are being counted at the Russian weir so technically there are silvers scattered throughout the drainage now. Best numbers will be in the lower river moving up in your direction. Anglers up in the Valley and Knik Arm systems like Jim Creek and Eklutna Tailrace as well as in Ship Creek have caught silvers on the KKK. The larger versions with a bit more "body" to them will probably be more effective than the smaller versions although those work well on the Dollies that are waiting on the spawn feast to begin. On the jigging for silvers, some years back I ran into a guy who said he was using a jig for coho on the Kenai from a boat hopping it along the bottom during the drift. Had to raise an eyebrow on that....until I saw a fishing show not long after that where the anglers were fishing a clearwater slow-moving stream in the Great Lakes area working purple leadhead marabou feather jigs up and down off the bottom on the retrieve. So I guess its doable. Kinda like the pink PollyWOG deerhair surface fly that some fly fishing anglers skim across the surface over holding silvers and get takes. Looks like your kinfolk will have some fresh eggs for you judging from those females in the bunch. Always good to have alternatives. Good luck.]

ANGLER:  Ak Fisher
TRIP DATE:  8/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward - Resurrection Bay
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Hey there old timer! Early Saturday morning we stop at gas station noticeable significant winds and rain, few others talking about small craft warning and how they took a look and sided on caution by staying in port. So we looked at water off the falls beach and cancelled morning outing. Around two p.m. calmed down a bit so we headed out. Trolled herring and all types of hardware behind flashers and deep six. Various depths ten to eighty feet nothing around Miller's Landing after couple hours so headed to Caines Head - landed two both on herring, lost two more on hardware. All around twenty to forty feet. Others we know said they were hooking up eighty to hundred feet down. Huge rollers all day off Caines! Surfing for silvers. Combat boat fishing. Saw a few fish top water dragging people riggings. Was fun - last outing on the saltwater! Switching up and gearing up for caribou and moose hunting! I love Alaska!

[AOJ: Its always nice to close out the season with a little fish slime to clean up before tucking the boat under the covers for the winter. Good luck on the hunts. I saw a few ADFG EO's on one or two caribou herd locations due to some problems the herds were having in certain areas. Might be advisable to visit the HUNTING section of ADFG website and call up the Emergency Orders to see what areas are affected. Cheers.]

ANGLER:  Harm
TRIP DATE:  8/16
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Rabbit Slough/Wasilla Creek
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Sierra Dragon is right about lots of fish in the Slough on Saturday! Didn't mean to buzz his hole so badly. Every hole that we fished was buzzed with my motor and we still managed to limit out. Just sayin'...Good bait I guess.
Oh and the regs state 3HP after the 15th...
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/fishregulations/PDFs/southcentral/2014SCKnikArmRegulations.pdf

ANGLER:  akbear73
TRIP DATE:  8/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai - Swiftwater Park boat ramp
SPECIES:  Pinks/Silvers

REPORT: Went out to the boat launch "lagoon" at 07:00 this morning to try my hand at a silver or two. Not too crowded which was nice, just me and 4 other folks. Lots of legal hook ups on pinks with spinners. I was bouncing a rubber egg cluster on a 2' leader and did relatively well. I was being selective with the fish I wanted and stayed until about 10. I could have and wanted to stay longer but some A'hole showed up and planted himself within 8 feet of me and proceeded to swing his rod like he was trying to hit a baseball. I made a remark along the lines that if your rod hits me I can't be held responsible for it's breaking. He was obviously there to snag silvers. I witnessed him hook one in the back, drag it to shore and proceed to rip its gills out before reaching into his pocket to pull out a hook and hook this illegally caught fish in the mouth. At this point that was all I needed to see to make a phone call to ADFG. They didn't seem too upset about it so I called Soldotna PD and was told an officer would be there in 5 minutes. 30 minutes later they still had not shown up so I left. I have video of this jackass swinging his rod and catching a fish as well as his truck description and plate number. It's frustrating as hell to be out playing by the rules and have someone like this get off. Put a damper on the good mood I was having for an enjoyable morning.

ANGLER:  Kardinal_84
TRIP DATE:  8/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Bay - Tonsina Cr/Miller's Landing
SPECIES:  Coho and Misc.

REPORT: Just a quick report. Tried Seward for half day Sunday in preparation for a week in Kodiak that starts this upcoming weekend!

A few fish jumping. I hooked one Coho I think and lost it. Spent the greater portion of the day going through my gear. Catching greenling on my ultralight and then transferring said greenling into 250 ft of water on a hook. Got tapped but nothing did take.

No pictures for the day except for one gentleman I met on the water. Sorry I didn't get contact information to get him the picture. He had just landed a nice coho as I was pulling up to him. Looked like he had a great kayak set up as well. I felt bad I didn't talk longer. I got busy doing something and then I got separated. Super glad to see more folks on the water trying it out!!

So there are a few fish close in, but they aren't a lot of them, close in. Spoke with a few folks in smaller boats and they had caught a few out by Fox Island and Caines Head but the action was not hot by any means.

So here is the pic of the gentleman with his nice coho. Great job!!

[AOJ: I stuck him on FB too. Someone will probably recognize him and tip him off. Looks like he was either camping or was carrying a life raft and had high expectations of filling a big cooler. ]


ANGLER:  Sierra Dragon
TRIP DATE:  8/16
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Rabbit Slough
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Took Friends of ours and two of my sons out to Rabbit Slough for the opening morning Saturday. We got on the river a little late and paddled upstream to a hole I've had luck with last year. We found a school of Silvers and started drifting eggs through them. Bad timing seemed to be the order of the day for us. I hooked up first but managed to tangle up with my son's line. It broke off but I was able to hold the line and pull in the fish by hand.. (I have the cuts to prove that story) My oldest hooks up next, then my middle son just as a Kayaker was going by. The kayaker did his best to get out of the way but no luck and the fish broke off. We had a few other hookups but no other landings. Then a boat with a gas motor went by and the bite turned off (again just because gas motors under 2.5hp are allowed in the regs doesn't make it a good idea, every year there's a motor that goes by and screws up the fishing.)

We tried for another hour but the school we were chasing was done without bait so we moved downstream. Lots of fish but again no biting.

We came home with 2 which is not great for having 7 rods in the water. Fishing was typical of the Slough, decent for a couple hours then hard for the rest of the day. Fish are starting to look blushed. I would say next weekend will be the last good one.

ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  8/17
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Eagle River
SPECIES:  Chums and Coho

REPORT: Took one of few annual treks down to my favorite honey hole. Seeing as I live on the river and about this time silvers are in I thought I'd give it a shot. Rode my bike down there and when crossing the first little stream unknowingly almost ran over 10 chums.. Normally the don't spawn in that stream but fine by me. Geared up and landed a few chums after trying the stream normally home to some silvers. Apparently didn't try long enough because some guys that showed up after we did landed a few nice silvers. There are also a few good sized dollies just waiting for the eggs to drop and will take even the biggest of flies..



[AOJ: Hmmm, upon closer scrutiny I see that a couple of those flies look familiar~! ]

ANGLER:  Sponsored by Ohara
TRIP DATE:  8/17
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Anchor River and Spit Fishin' Hole
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: My luck on the Anchor has been running short lately. I tried fresh cured eggs, spinners and various flies after work last week and got nothing for it. Another member of the Ohara team got one on a blue #3 vibrax on Thursday. The river is still real low but rain recently has been raising it up. Not sure why, maybe low and warm water but dolly fishing has been real slow on the upper Anchor. Fish are there just not biting and that's what I hear a lot of others saying.

Hit the spit fishing hole Thursday night for the opening bell of snagging. It was bad. I stuck it out maybe 25 minutes and had probably a dozen tangles with people on the opposite bank, had parents telling young children behind us to just cast over us and heard a few pretty heated arguments with few fish being caught. I had to leave when a hook bounced of the cooler behind me. Went back early today and had a limit on shore in less than a hour. Hoping to get a few more out of there next week but we will see how long the fish can dodge the crowds.

Both the Anchor and the Lagoon can produce limits for people who aren't afraid to get up early and work for them.

ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  8/16
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT:
Got to the parking lot around 4:30 ish surprised there weren't many people fishing. Geared up and found out they had a youth fishing thing going on. I thought OK set up at my normal spot drifting pink egg sucking leeches and stripping at the end. Normally have had luck this way but not today. Fish rolling everywhere so I couldn't just leave. Flipped in the same spot and in 10 min foul hooked a silver. Brought it to the slack water to release it turn around and the guy next to me (at least 5 ft of space between us) moved into my spot. We were the only 2 people on a spot that normally holds 4 or 5. Thought OK went to another hole on the opposite side of the walk way and bam! Big huge silver took a purple sparkle leech! It was on after! Hooked a few more and the same guy comes in and takes my spot! Thought oh well he wants combat fishing I'll give it to him! Got right next to him and flipped in the hole and bam! Another big one! Took care of it, 2 casts later and another. Caught my limit in 20 min after casting for 2.5 hours.. I'll take that any day!


[AOJ: To the anonymous commenter regarding this report and the Youth Only fishery. . .you really should ALWAYS read the ADFG Emergency Orders and the ADFG News Releases to get all the details FIRST. Eklutna Tailrace Youth Only Fishery Day.]

ANGLER:  This Butt's For You
TRIP DATE:  8/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward - Caines head and Fox Island
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Braved the wet weather and wind for a quick trip out to Caines Head and then Fox Island. It was a bit choppy going out but manageable. Further out was even more choppy...so, didn't make it any further than that.

Tried mooching at Caines Head first and then Fox Island. Would see schools on the sonar, but didn't land any. Saw a fair share of boats but didn't see them pulling anything up either. However, we were there only a couple of hours due to the rain soaked morning.

If you go out in the rain, make sure your bilge pump is working. I ran mine a couple of times and emptied several gallons each time.

[AOJ: I've been on a couple charters many years ago that stopped and anchored up in Sunny Cove at Fox. One thing I learned at that location was "First Light Bite." One 50 foot charter with 16 anglers were limited six each and pulling anchor just as we got there before 9am. The other thing I learned was those silvers often "time" their feeding frenzy based on the tides. That day our "bite" was at low slack and then at the top of the tide. In between it was very slow and fish were down near the bottom. One "trick" our skipper used to improve the hookups when it was slow was to keep a silver on the line longer by reeling in slowly letting it struggle which excited other fish in the area and brought fish in to other baits in the water. That's a black rockfish tactic too.]

NOON THURSDAY KENAI RIVER USGS FLOOD ADVISORY: CLICK this Notice  

New ADFG Emergency Orders:
The Klondike Kid's premonitions and predictions hit the mark again. Remember the other day when I announced Fish Creek going to Seven Days a week.....and that there will be more good news coming? And my "better than 50/50 chance of Lil Su increasing harvest"? CLICK THE GRAPHIC LINK FOR DETAILS.

ALL COOK INLET (Fish Cr. Kasilof Kenai) Personal Use Dipnet Permits are DUE at ADFG office by Friday August 15th. You must return the permit even if you did not fish. Please save ADFG the expense of sending you reminders in the Mail that you have not sent in your card. That money could go towards counting salmon or raising fish at the hatchery for your future recreation.
ADFG DIPNET PERMIT REMINDER

ADFG Emergency Order: FISH CREEK fishery expanded to 7 Days per Week starting 0600 Thursday AUG. 14th to the end of the year. Its still 6am to 6pm daily. Limit on coho was raised to THREE per day last week by EO.
FISH CREEEK 7 DAYS PER WEEK

ADFG Emergency Order: Homer Dudiak Fishing LAGOON and Beach OPEN TO SNAGGING Beginning FRIDAY 0001 August 15th.
SPIT LAGOON TO OPEN FOR SNAGGING

Have fun. There may be more good news yet to come.


ANGLER:  AggieinAk
TRIP DATE:  8/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Fished just above Access 32 with my daughter today. Her first time for AK salmon. Had a blast. I found some bright reds but was shocked at the size. All of them must have been in the one and a half to two pound range. I'm used to the Russian Reds being smaller, but good grief. Haven't seen anyone mentioning this so I thought I'd make my first post. Are these sized fish "normal" or did I just find a hole full of jacks? They were definitely reds...no spots anywhere. Thanks for the great website, Gig-em and FISH ON!!!

[AOJ: Indeed there are jacks (one ocean male only fish returning after just their first year at sea) in all species of Pacific Salmon except Silvers. Reason for that is Silvers are only at sea for ONE year. So technically every silver you catch in freshwater is a jack or jill. :-) It is possible your small reds were one year jacks. Were they all males? That would be another indicator. If there were females in the bunch then they may have just been some very small reds. A scale analysis to see how many years in the saltwater would also be a way to determine if they were jacks or adult fish. The Hidden Lake stocked sockeye run the aquaculture association maintains in that lake run on the small side too. Often the jacks or Hidden fish will be the ones that get half way through your dipnet webbing making it a pain to get them out.]

ANGLER:  Seabass_Seeker
TRIP DATE:  8/15
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Sockeye?

REPORT: Replying to the post below. It looks as though the fish being held is actually a dime bright chum and the "sockeye" is a silver. You can see the chum's faint markings and the big pupil. That would explain the color difference in the meat also.

[AOJ: Ah the eye pupil. I just couldn't tell from that angle so went with the spots. HA. That is also a telltale feature when all the fish are chromers and hard to judge.

Ah, and this just in a minute ago from Buster. "Jabroni- It looks to me that the fish you're holding is a chum (very large pupils, and stripes starting to show on the sides). The one on the table looks like a silver simply based on the very large caudal peduncle. Very indicative of a silver. Just my two cents."

Looks like we are getting a consensus here.]

ANGLER:  Peaceman
TRIP DATE:  8/16
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Little Su
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Took two of the kids to the Little Su and caught 8 silvers and lost a few more, all but one soaking eggs. The bite was on and then off and on again all morning but some rollers observed. Just a few near dead pinks swimming around. The one in the pic weighed in just under 12 lbs and this and one other was the only blushed fish we caught. The water was in nice shape.

Thanks for the site, it helps out tremendously.

[AOJ: Oh yeah, now we are talking! Nice fish. Glad to see you got to take advantage of the expanded Lil Su coho limits going to 3 per day. That was a trip almost batting 1000. Hurricane weather here in Soldotna Saturday. Solid 25mph and gusting to 31mph. Threatening rain again. Not really encouraging me to get out the eggs and go soak a few for a silver. And the Kenai has not been producing very many coho during the early run so far. Many guide boats are coming up short of limits for clients. So all you Anchorage/Valley folks SAVOR EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR GREAT COHO RUNS THIS YEAR. It could be worse. HA.]

ANGLER:  Blazer
TRIP DATE:  8/11
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Copper River - Chitina Dipping
SPECIES:  Wormy Reds

REPORT: Went dipping last week and got 27. I took footage of some worms I found so people know what they look like. They are commonly in the belly meat but can be found elsewhere in the fish. Talked to some fish Biologists and told me that you need to freeze the fish in order to kill the parasite. Even sushi and cold smoke salmon should be frozen before consumption. Here's the link to my video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu6uxHwQWeo

[AOJ: Round worms and other parasites found in the meat of salmon and trout can be transmitted to a human host even though the current host, a cold-blooded fish, is the main carrier in this stage of the parasite's life cycle. So the precautions the biologist passed on about freezing (at least for 10 days minimum) is a wise precaution if the fish is intended to be processed and consumed as sushi (raw) or cold smoking which does not attend the 165°F temperature required to kill all pathogens, bacteria, mold and parasites.

If you ever get a halibut up in the 100 pound range and larger they are typically full of those same round worms all over in the meat. The smaller the halibut the younger it is and the less parasites will be inhabiting the fish. Just don't be digging through your halibut fillets or you will definitely encounter some of those critters and might be turned off. Best to just make sure its cooked and covered in tartar sauce. One thing you DON'T WANT TO DO is dig out your college microscope and show your step-mom what those critters look like at 30X that she just dug out of the halibut fillet she was eating (from a 150# barndoor). To this day she won't eat any halibut from a fish larger than 30 pounds! ]


ANGLER:  Jabroni16
TRIP DATE:  8/15
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Silver/Sockeye?

REPORT: Caught these two salmon at low tide near the bridge. I was wondering if the one on the table was a sockeye. I also have a pic of the filets side by side. The suspected red is on the left . I didn't think that reds ran up Bird Creek. What do you think?

[AOJ: Unfortunately the photo doesn't provide enough close up detail to determine if one is a sockeye. Silvers usually have a black tongue and white gums along the jaw. Silvers also have small distinct spots on the dorsal fin, back and usually upper half of tail lobe. Sockeye have no spots on their body. There is no doubt the fillets are of different colors but the body spots are the true identifier.

As far as sockeye in Bird, I haven't run into anyone who has caught one in the creek in the past. There is a small sockeye run in Portage Creek going up to Portage Lake. Its possible one of those may have strayed into the wrong territory.]

ANGLER:  Fun gi
TRIP DATE:  8/15
REGION: 
WATER: 
SPECIES:  Kenai Krill Killer

REPORT: It's my first season out here and I've done really well in bird and tailrace thus far. Can someone please post a pic of this "krill killer" that is apparently all the rage?

[AOJ: See the AOJ Home page.]

ANGLER:  REMJ
TRIP DATE:  8/15
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  JIM Creek
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Had a few relatives in town that wanted to fish for salmon, so we loaded up the truck and headed to Jim Creek. Normally, we take our ATV there, but with six people, had to take the 4x4. As we headed up the trail, I saw five trucks heading out. Hmmm. When I got to the end of the trail, I learned why (as a previous contributor has already warned!). Where the trail becomes a wider "road" was flooded, looked like a pond. After surveying the area on foot (the wise thing to do!), I decided the ATV trail would serve best, and it did. Watched a couple of vehicles traverse rather deep "puddles" before giving it a go. Water was deeper than my floorboards in two locations. Once we got to the fishing areas, they were almost unrecognizable as the water was so high! We had only an hour and my guests aren't too adept at fishing, let alone local methods, so I handed them spinning rods and they plied the waters for maybe fifteen to thirty minutes until the wind, the rain drops, and the cold (as they called it) caused them to quit.

We caught nothing. Did see one gentleman catch a small Coho. He was using fresh eggs with no weight, just fished on the bottom. Other Coho were snagged by various anglers and each person dutifully released the snagged fish. Numerous people hooked small Dolly Varden, to be expected this time of year. Better than nothing!

If we get any more rain (and we already have since I left Jim Creek), I'd estimate that it might be a bit hazardous to head to Jim Creek unless you are wise like a group of people I saw today -- they were riding horses!

ANGLER:  Sourdo55
TRIP DATE:  8/14
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Jim Creek/ Knik River
SPECIES:  Coho/Sockeye

REPORT: Fished 8/13, 4 Coho and 8/14 picked up 3 Sockeye and 3 Coho (yo tengo proxy!). I was surprised when the first 2 fish I caught were Sockeyes leaving me no choice but to fill two limits Thursday! The reds are, well getting red but still good for the smoker.

WARNING: The Jim Cr access road is flooded and going higher as of Thursday @ 11am, water was running through the trees, saw one disabled vehicle with a wet engine. With last nights rain it's going to be a challenge to get in there if you're not familiar with the last bit of road when you get out of the woods. It's like driving into a lake... be careful. Water was up to my floorboards.


sourdo55

[AOJ: Thanks for the important update on road conditions going in. There are always those folks who believe their CAR can go anywhere. And do most of the time. :-) Also, I thought I saw a notice that a photo was downloading for your report but nothing turned up. If you did send a photo please resubmit it again.]

ANGLER:  akbear73
TRIP DATE:  8/14
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai/Cunningham Park
SPECIES:  Pinks/Silvers

REPORT: Went to try my luck after being on the slope the last 2 weeks. Water was really high not much dry bank to fish from and lots of lumber in the water. Stayed for a 20 minutes or so before getting tired of the logs. The seals were catching fish on the other side of the river.

On a side note. I had two iPhones stolen out of my car in the short time I was there. Guy was driving a black older car looked to be like a Dodge Neon with some damage to the right rear quarter panel. 5-10 to 6 ft average build dark hair. If anyone sees that vehicle or person in the area again please notify Kenai PD with a plate number. I'd like to try and get my phones back.

ANGLER:  AK River Rook
TRIP DATE:  8/14
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Soldotna - Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Reds, Pinks, Silvers

REPORT: Had to spend the week in Soldotna for work this past week. Manage to gather and limit on pinks with ease at the Soldotna Visitors Center. Had to school some of my co workers who worked an extra hour or two to gather their pinks for the smoker. The Krill Killer was the ticket. Hooked up with ease, my fishing cohorts were amazed on how little I foul hooked fish. I am SOLD on the Krill Killer. I did the "non fly tier" method. I also used my bait caster one day and fly rod the next ....becoming more and more of a fly rod type of person. (this is my first season with a fly rod I have a 9wt with 30# backing, sink tip fly line and a 30# mono leader). I also landed one red and saw a few silvers caught through out the week.

On the way back to ANC today I stopped at Bing's...high water...but did manage to hook into a pink or two, didn't keep them though. Also, stopped at Bird Creek, managed to hook into a NICE fat silver!!!! I was using an orange flash trap.....buuuuutttt.....once I landed the fish on the bank the line wrapped around my boot and POP!!! off it goes!!...along with my flash trap...oh well, silvers seem to continue to come in steady here, according to the regulars.

Is there any where here in ANC to buy the flash traps?

[AOJ: Well there is a new Cabelas and new Bass Pro in Anchorage as well as the selection at Sportsmans Warehouse. One of those might carry them. Glad you see the "light" on fly rods for salmon. The more experience you get under your belt the more productive you will become too. And the more often the bait and spin gear will be left at home. :-)]

ANGLER:  Travlin' Angler
TRIP DATE:  8/13
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Montana Creek
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: First time posting a report. Currently doing contract work which brings me up here weekly from Utah so try to get a little fishing in on the evenings. Tonight headed north to Montana Creek and was worth the trip. Once I found my spot I had a limit of silvers within a few hours that included release of several undesirables and a chum. Beautiful night and some nice fillets to take home.

Tight Lines!

[AOJ: Glad you are taking home a little bit of Alaska for your friends to sample. Montana seems to be having a pretty good year this fall.]

ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  8/13
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Went on a bit of a recon for a trip to the race we are making tomorrow with my dad's boss who is up from the lower 48. Man did I slam 'em today! Hooked into maybe 11 fish landing 5 and keeping 1. The 1 I did keep was probably the biggest silver I've ever seen and caught! The pictures just don't do it justice. Good way to break in the new tfo that I just built. Caught it on what is called a sparkle leech basically an egg sucking leach tied with lots of flash. And it did produce! Purple with an 8mm bead in orange, red, mottled red, and mottled orange seemed to do best. Lots of silvers in the river holding in the holes if you know where they are you'll catch fish!

ANGLER:  CSilook
TRIP DATE:  8/13
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Campbell Creek
SPECIES:  First Silver!

REPORT: This summer has been good for my oldest son. A lot of firsts. His first red in Seward, first pinks in Hope, hooked onto but not landed a king at the Tailrace. And now his first silver. Caught on our trusty #3 orange vibrax.



[AOJ: Well Geoff is 3/5 of the way to qualifying your family for the Five Salmon Family Challenge (FIVE SALMON FAMILY CHALLENGE) ADFG is sponsoring. You shouldn't have any problem with him catching a chum at Bird Creek or Montana Creek for the 4th fish. And since its possible but probably a long shot to catch a jack king at Eklutna Tailrace (kings are open year round there due to being a hatchery run) your best bet for that final 5th salmon as a chinook would be to catch a landlocked chinook stocker in one of the area lakes. I'd suggest for that photo holding the fish just below his chin and doing a close up so ADFG can accurately determine it was a landlocked king salmon as the final fish. You could mount the certificate in a large photo collage type frame complete with all five photos to go with it. 10-20-30 years from now he will cherish that as much as you parents.]


ANGLER:  REMJ
TRIP DATE:  8/12
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Little Su
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Six of us fished the Little Su yesterday using fire-cured eggs under bobbers. First five or six holes produced nothing other than a couple of lost fish. Then we tried one hole maybe half an hour to 45 minutes south of the public boat launch and BAM. Within an hour, all six of us caught our limit of two fish each, with another half dozen fish lost. Fish averaged seven to eight pounds. The largest fish were ten pounders and there was a small almost-five pound fish mixed in (we gave the guy who caught it a hard time, of course). Most of the Coho were bright, some had the beginnings of pink coloration to them.

One other fisherman was nearby and he too limited out in the short time we were at this hole.

Funny how the weather was "awful" until the fish started biting, then I heard no complaints!

ANGLER:  Csilook
TRIP DATE:  8/12
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Campbell Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers, dollies, and rainbows

REPORT: Been fishing at Campbell Creek with the boys for the past couple days. Haven't had much luck as the fish seem spooked. Caught a weighted snag hook near Shelikof street. That luck changed this morning. In 30 minutes of fishing caught 2 silvers, a dolly and a small rainbow all on a #3 vibrax. Got to fish early if you want to catch a fish in that creek. Also seen something I've never seen in the creek, a chum. I've been fishing this creek since I was 9 so that was pretty awesome to see.

ANGLER:  YoungAOB
TRIP DATE:  8/12
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Sunshine Creek
SPECIES:  Coho Salmon

REPORT: I decided to take my brother fishing for the first time this year and what better place to take him other than the good ol Sunshine Creek! I also brought two of my fishing buddies and we got there around 3pm and saw anglers limiting out so we knew it was gonna be a fun day fishing. Long story short, we all caught our limit and proxy limits using spinners and eggs! Gonna bring the youngest brother fishing tomorrow hopefully we get the same results!

ANGLER:  Sponsored by Ohara
TRIP DATE:  8/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Anchor River
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: I hit the Anchor tonight after work after hearing of silvers being caught. Went down from the Slide Hole and started casting a krill killer on my fly rod. The tide had backed the river up far enough that there was not much movement to the water and the usual banks were under a couple feet of water. I tried dead drifting, slow retrieve and quick retrieve with no action for about half a hour or so. Good thing I read up the reports and brought my spinner too, after about fifteen minutes of casting and seeing a few rollers I get hit hard by a nice fighter. The high tidewater made landing hard since the water was a foot deep all the way into the bushes but I managed to corner my fish in some grass and get a hand on her, sweet success. After securing my catch I get back at it but overshoot and hook a log and lose my only spinner. The water had gone pond flat. So I figure I done good got smiled on by the fish gods and better just call it a day. I'll be back tomorrow with some fresh cured red eggs and even fresher silver eggs a couple more spinners and Determination for a limit.

[AOJ: Well its always good to have Plan B as a backup. Not everything works all the time. Especially since as you found out we are in the biggest tides of the summer right now and really pushing some water up the streams. That can be good news though for bringing a lot of new fish into the system. The Anchor River coho run is one of the REAL QUIRKS in the realm of salmon runs. It has a repeated characteristic EVERY YEAR where daily counts are minimal and then over a 2-3 day period a THOUSAND SILVERS or more will flood into the river in a huge mass. Then back to small counts and another wave of fish. No other stream I have monitored and charted has such consistently dramatic range of fish numbers entering the river. Deshka has some monster days too but not like this trend. When you are on the river on one of those days you can wear out your gear. Maybe you'll hit it soon. The first big slug should be staging for that push very soon. The chart here is the last year there was any funding for ADFG to maintain a counting weir during the coho run. So this is historical info but illustrates what this run is like.]


ANGLER:  camille2
TRIP DATE:  8/9
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Homer Fishing Hole, Soldotna, Upper Kenai
SPECIES:  Silver-0; pinks

REPORT: I am from the Interior originally, am in Anchorage now and new to fishing on the

Kenai. It seems pretty different to me. I went out with a guide from Cooper Landing on Tues, 8/5 for 1/2 day. We didn't see anyone with salmon on, so mainly fished for rainbow and dolly. Caught one of each and 3 dinks. Decided my fly fishing techniques need work-not used to casting lead. A site with good instruction would be appreciated-suggestions?

After that experience, I took spinning gear to Homer and tried lures in the Fishing Hole on 8-9. Observed that despite silvers jumping everywhere, it was only when the water rushed in and out (fast moving) that people right on edges of inlet or directly across caught silvers. When water was rushing out, people caught them on the ocean side. Pretty small window of time and only herring or eggs seemed to be working. For those positioned correctly and with eggs, it was pretty hot, though it was brief. I didn't have right gear, but learned a bit. I observed a couple guys snagging, I think, from the end at low water early Sunday.

On Sunday, I tried Swift Water park. I tried casting-no luck. Then a guy from Anchorage showed me the set up, the flip and gave me heavier weights (thanks!) and I caught fish for about an hour. Pinks, but it was still fun.

I found this site a couple days ago and will ck it before I head out on 20th. I'd like to catch a silver so any suggestions for easy spots (a gal can dream) and the set up for those spots would be appreciated. I can go up Parks or to Kenai area.

[AOJ: I can't tell if you are leaving on the 20th and have all that time in between to fish or you won't be able to go fishing until the 20th. (I suspect the former.) The 20th is 8 days away and so much happens on these runs around Southcentral in that amount of time when you are in the middle or the downhill side of the run. So what would be a good strategy tomorrow might not hold up over a week from now with the same quality of experience or quality of the fish. That will be something you learn more from experience over time as you participate and observe these fisheries. OK let's figure you have the next 7 days to fish.

Ship Creek is in your front yard but things appear to be winding down there but fishing vibrax spinners on the incoming tide might still bag you a silver at the local watering hole while you are waiting to make your road trip. At the moment it sounds like Montana Creek is having a good late summer return of chums, pinks and quite a few silvers in the mix for the anglers who have been fishing there over the weekend. Vibrax #3 and #4 spinners, chartreuse, green, red, orange, silver. You never know what the "color of the day" will be and often that can make the difference so its good to have a selection to switch things up. I'd say that for easy access and shore fishing Montana might be the spot. If you have some salmon roe to take along that can double your chances. Anglers were catching lots of chum and pinks but there were enough silvers in the mix to eventual get your two silver limit in a few hours of fishing. But all the streams along the Parks are getting salmon now and sometimes folks that hit the smaller creeks that are less fished can find surprisingly good fishing in front of them and no one around. Fishing salmon roe on the bottom or on a bobber on a slow drift is another method that is successful. Both hardware tossing and egg dunking methods each have their entourage of followers. Its good to be able to play both fields because fish do have their preferences on some days. Other days it makes no difference.

I'd probably avoid the Kenai on this trip. The water is at the top of its bank, a week of rain in the forecast could mean lots of muddy conditions. And with such a big river its not an easy one for newbies to "conquer" for silver fishing without putting in some time and trying various locations. In Soldotna there are diehard silver anglers that arrive at Centennial Park Campground boat ramp area in the dark and start hammering their rod holders into the gravel an hour or more before it even gets light. EVERY DAY!

Oh that reminds me, silvers are a MORNING FISH. There is what is known as the "First Light Bite" for coho. Many guide boats on the Kenai River are landing their first clients' silver with headlamps on netting in the dim twillight. Same for up in the Valley. Be there and be fishing on the stream before you can see what you are doing and you'll get silvers. The first 2 hours of the day will put more coho on the stringer than the entire rest of the day on the non-tidal Valley streams. This is probably the most valuable tip. If you are late to the party you might end up fishing the pinks and chums the early anglers left for you. :-)


Maybe someone else will have some additional advice.]

ANGLER:  NeverSummer
TRIP DATE:  8/11
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Anchor River
SPECIES:  Dolly Varden

REPORT: Stopped by for some quick post-work fishing at my favorite spot on the upper Anchor. A few people around. Water is low, and the river has changed a bit since this time last year. The only fish I saw were spawned out Kings, and a few small jumper Dollies. Hiked away from the others and fished for about an hour. Quiet wind, nice water, and 2 Dollies landed. Slow fishing overall, and I can't imagine the other folks fishing were having any more luck than I.

The action, I know, is on the lower river right now as Silvers are coming on the tide, and the Dollies are scarfing down whatever they can find on the current there. With more time before dinner I'd head there instead for a while for how slow it was in the upper.

Oddly I have been seeing huge crowds on the Spit fishing for Silvers, but not too many fish landed while I watched. Word is that fishing is still pretty good in the Fishing Hole. But, it's important to note that, while snagging is legal in parts of the KBay, it isn't allowed in/around the fishing hole. Be sure to know where you can and can't fish with certain tackle...or you'll be seeing our favorite local troopers. Saw some folks ripping weight right on the outside of the Dudiak outlet. I believe pg. 19 says that from the Harbor to 200 yards NW of the outlet, and 300ft out into the water from shore are no-snag zones unless there is an emergency order...

[AOJ: You are correct - the area along the shoreline from the city dock back towards Homer as well as the Lagoon and the Harbor are in the NO Snag Zone until ADFG issues an Emergency Order opening the area to snagging to harvest the remaining stocked silvers. With that said....drumroll.......]


ANGLER:  Ryker
TRIP DATE:  8/11
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Willow Creek
SPECIES:  Rainbows

REPORT: I had the good fortune to make a trip to the Willow on Monday, and the weather turned out to be excellent. I fished behind the Kings, and I caught some fat Rainbows and even hooked a Grayling. Great day trip. -R


ANGLER:  BrianAK83
TRIP DATE:  8/10
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Matsu Valley Creeks
SPECIES:  Silvers and friends

REPORT: Spent the whole weekend fishing the Valley, all the way from the Little Su up to Trapper Creek! Only had luck at Montana and the Little Su. Caught 1 silver on a size 3 orange vibrax at the Little Su and a pretty nice rainbow! Montana was a different story though, practically every cast was either a pink or chum. BUT for every 5-10 pinks was a nice silver! Limited out in about 2 hours and saw other anglers limit with ease too. Silvers are finally starting to run in Montana!

Hey KK, love the website keep it up man!

[AOJ: That's two weekend Montana reports that were mirror images. Fish On!]

ANGLER:  Jessica Romero
TRIP DATE:  8/11
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai
SPECIES:  Silver

REPORT: Been trying like crazy to find a silver in what I consider to be difficult conditions. Found one !!!! Just one, but it's a start !!! Got it on a blue fox spinner in the middle of all those pinks. 3rd cast. Here we go : )

[AOJ: That's a good start to the season especially with the river so muddy right now from the rains. You even ended up with some fresh eggs. An old homesteader told me a long time ago, King eggs for kings, silver eggs for silvers. That guy outfished me 5 to 1 on Kenai silvers. I think he was on to something.]

ANGLER:  Yukon32
TRIP DATE:  7/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River - Soldotna Park
SPECIES:  South Carolina Thank You

REPORT: Like to thank the angler that found my cell phone that was loss July 16 as I was going down the last stairs leading to river to the right in the park. I figured some historian digging around the Kenai River site in the year of 2257 would come up with it. Whoever found it placed it in the brush next to the fish cleaning table. By that time I was back in SC smoking reds and enjoying another successful year during my annual Alaska fishing trip.

My Anchorage buddy (Zack) and some friends fished the Kenai August 4. When they came to the fish cleaning table one of them noticed that someone had left a cell phone in the brush. Zack said he bet it was my phone and mailed it to me on August 5. I received a package from him on August 9 having no idea what was in the package. To my surprise it was my flip phone. Yep, there are a few of us out there that still use flip phones because I refuse to carry a phone smarter than me. Anyway, again thanks to the person that found it and put in the brush to be found by my friend Zack.

[AOJ: Well at least you are using the right computer. ]

ANGLER:  Luv2fish22
TRIP DATE:  8/8
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Montana Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers/Pinks/Chums

REPORT: Went to Montana with my 2 sons, caught loads of chums and pinks but there was also a tone of chrome silvers to be caught! All of us limited on our silvers in about 2 and a half hours using size 4 vibrax! Silvers are coming in thick! Tight lines everyone!

ANGLER:  Sponsored by Ohara
TRIP DATE:  8/9
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian Confluence / Kenai River - Soldotna
SPECIES:  Dolly, Pinks, Reds, Silver

REPORT: After another slow year for reds a friend and I decided to give it one last go and it was worth it. We started at the ferry crossing, flipping on the parking lot side I hook a small dolly quick then a turned Red a few minuets later. After about half a hour of nothing for us but seeing some landed on the far side we decide to take the ferry. I briefly hook one and my friend landed another turned red in about two hours of flipping. There was sporadic action but the only ones getting any consistent hook ups were a group of blatant snaggers.

Too slow for us so we decide to head to Soldotna to try for pinks. We had never fished pinks before so we drove to a few spots and debated our options, we decided on Soldotna Creek Park. We started throwing spinners at the first set of stairs into the river. After 15 minuets or so of no action but seeing a lone flipper below us managing some hook ups we decide to get our fly gear and head down the walk to a new spot. I hook a nice pink on my first flip in the water and after that it was on.

For the next few hours we had hook ups every 2-3 minutes with a few slow spells of 5 minutes between. After a few hours of CnR with pinks I tie into a monster sized completely blush red with sea lice on it. It was too turned for me so back it goes. After the first red we hit limits and released a dozen or more reds over the next hour and a half or so. Then I tie into a huge chrome fighter, it was all over the place and I was sure he was gonna break off but after a long fight we get him in the net. To my surprise it was a silver! After a minute of arguing bag limit brackets with my buddy we roll him back to the river. (I was right three in possession two of which may be coho but if you already got three reds that bracket is full.) So standing in the same place on the river flipping only the Krill Killer for five hours or so I figure I CnR 50 or more pinks, a dozen or so reds and my first ever Kenai silver. It was by far the best day of fishing I had this summer and I figure you deserve credit, your Krill pattern and stimulation from the AOJ web page with just a little effort on my part led to a epic day.

[AOJ: I have to say, all the fish that evening must have been traveling along the North Bank because I fished on the south bank that evening below you and couldn't even put a pink on the hook with the dirty water conditions and lures. I guess I should have got out the fly rod instead. That's a great fishing trip and well worth the gas for memories like that. Thanks for the report.]


ANGLER:  Pakmann2k
TRIP DATE:  8/1 and beyond
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Soldotna Bridge, Hope, Russian Confluence
SPECIES:  Reds, Dollies, Silvers, Trout

REPORT: Started our weeklong trip in AK from AZ and TN as a group of mixed level fishermen. Some had never fished ever, others were crusty fishermen.

Day .5 - Arrival. Flipped for Reds at the Kenai River Lodge. The Veterans limited and the new guys skunked. Reds are big this year! Grabbed a nice legal Dolly to throw in the mix for the fire.

Day 1 - Took everyone to Hope. Within an hour of "Flipping 101" everyone was hooking up Pinks. Within 2hrs, everyone was hooking up with purpose, not by accident, full on target sight fishing. I nailed 2 silvers (released 1, foul), my brother hit 1 also after a friend of ours lost it with his lure. My brother returned his lure after landing the fish with a huge grin on his face. Priceless.

Side note: After following AOJ for months, I tied up 20+ Krill Killers and switched from a spinning setup to a fly setup. I will never go back. After a week of fishing, my arm is still thanking me for the switch. I actually left my spinning rod at the lodge. No need to pack that sucker back. Kept my lucky reel for the trophy case. Kind of nice having a 4 piece fly rod that fits into a suitcase. No more bazookas for me.

Day 2 - First fish of the day for me, snapped the cheapo handle off my Cabelas fly reel. Went to Trusty's and bought a nice Okuma. No more equipment issues after that. Limited out on Monster Reds.

Day 3ish? Russian River. To be honest, we were hooking up so frequently by the cleaning table on the parking lot side that we skipped crossing over. First time ever for us! The fishing was too hot and we didn't really see any action in the combat zone. Wide open shore with fish on, yep, I'm not moving. If you are looking for Dollies or Trout, drifting fleshies or egg patterns right downstream from the table will keep you busy and maintain a smile on your face.

Day 4,5,6. More fishing at the Lodge. Not sure if KK dislikes name drops so I will just say the lodge at the Soldotna Bridge. Killed it every day but on the 5th of August, the Pinks showed up, big time! It was fun seeing everyone catching but we put a lot more miles on the net than we did the stringers and that can get a little old.

All in all another great trip. AZ to AK XV.

(Note: Thank you KK! Your website has been the single most useful place for information for AK fishing anywhere. I have been following for years and every year I learn something new. Kenai Krill Killers, your fly setup, even the videos. Everything is so helpful and you make a desert dweller like myself seem like a pro every year. This was year 15 for me and next year will be even better.)

If you don't post this, that's OK. Mostly wrote it to say thank you!

[AOJ: Its always nice to post success stories with happy endings. :-) But part of it is also the other side of the coin too. Even those trips in tougher years where the real time info has helped folks initiate a Plan B (or rarely C) when things just aren't going right that season. Early fish arrivals, very late fish arrivals, fish on location but tough fishing conditions. Knowing what you are up against before you even arrive can be a blessing compared to 20 years ago before the Internet when you found out when you got to the water. Glad you saw the light about the fly rod fishing sockeye and how effortless and tireless it is compared to the heavy alternatives of baitcasting or spinfishing rods and reels. And the thrill of the fight on a fly rod makes every fish a trophy.]

ANGLER:  LovePlay
TRIP DATE:  8/9
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian Confluence
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Made a day trip to the Penninsula gambling on no rain as was forecasted. With the wife on the low side of her summer catching, it was a gamble I had to take!! Well it paid off in big ways! Not only did it not rain a drip, but after putting in the time and "releasing" fish after fish, finally a shiny red, "there IS hope!!!" If anyone is looking for tight lines for kids and all, the "Ferry" is very HOT!

ANGLER:  Pakmann2k
TRIP DATE:  8/7
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  From Somewhere in Middle Kenai River
SPECIES:  FOUND DRIFT BOAT OAR

REPORT: Was fishing at the Kenai River Lodge last Thursday night when I saw a drift boat oar floating by. It was a challenge but I snagged in with my fly rod. After a bragging rights photo, I placed the oar high up across the cleaning table where anyone could see it. If you lost it, it should still be there. It looks like it is a decoration of the lodge but it really belongs to someone out there. I can't imagine these things are cheap, so if you lost one some time last Thursday, now you know where to get it. Think its marked Sawyer, don't quote me on it. It was late at night.

[AOJ: Indeed those oars are not cheap for drift boats or rafts. I suspect that one may be a private boat as most of the guides have gone to the high tech materials. Maybe someone will spot this note. Thanks!]

ANGLER:  Pakmann2k
TRIP DATE:  8/2
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Creek - HOPE
SPECIES:  Silvers and Pinks

REPORT: Pulled in a nice Silver at Hope last Saturday. 2nd of Aug. Brought some friends up from Arizona that needed some flipping lessons so I took em to Hope so they can see what's happening in the water while they flip. BTW, best place ever to start a fishing trip with rookies! While they were cranking away yanking out pinks, I saw this beautiful shiny Silver coming through, targeted, and caught him on my brand new fly rod with none other than a Kenai Krill Killer. I am 6ft 6 @ 330lbs, so that dude may not look big next to me in that pic, but it was a hog.

[AOJ: Always nice to break in a new rod on a challenging fish. Makes the memory last longer that way.]

ANGLER:  Snagginfool49
TRIP DATE:  8/10
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Fish Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers, Pinks

REPORT: Hit Fish Creek with my friend and his sons for about two hours until the 6pm deadline. Lots of silvers and pinks! The kids had a blast catching pinks. We even left with two nice silvers. Other anglers had more success than we did. There's plenty of silvers but they are elusive. Still had a wonderful time!

ANGLER:  Bailey & Company
TRIP DATE:  8/5
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  LIttle Su at Burma Landing & Kashwitna/Susitna Landing
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: We took out my cousin & family (5) from New York with Andy Couch on 8/5. Everyone limited excepted one New Yorker. 11 silvers total in about 3 hours. They had never seen fishing like this before-Andy was remarkable in his instruction and patience with a bunch of east coasters who probably never had a spin rod in their hands before. It was the last day before bait and the river trafic was low, so lent to some great fishing. He also took some great photos of the gang with their fish.

The wife & I and granddaughter did the Kashwitna River at Susitna Landing on 8/7 & 8/8. Fishing has not peaked here yet-but got some nice silvers albeit smaller than the Little Su. Most fish were caught, via boat, on the opposite shore of the Landing. The Landing got really to busy for us over the weekend.

ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  8/10
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: After finally completing building a 9wt fly rod I thought what better way than to test it on some coho. That just wasn't the case today sadly. A few schools of fresh sockeye were coming in. Don't think I saw anything but caught. Did manage quite a few hookups and landed 2 that were released. Fun time lots of fish holding in the normal holes and managed to break in the new addition to my already extensive collection lol.

ANGLER:  Idaho Red
TRIP DATE:  8/10
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River by Bings
SPECIES:  Reds and Pinks

REPORT: The spirt world said to chance it so 2.5 hours later I was in the keys...the Kenai Keys that is. It was on like donkey kong. It went like this. For every 7-12 pinks it was a dime bright sockeye on Friday. Saturday was 4-6 pinks for every red. Sunday am was 4-6 reds for every pink!!! Yea buddy. River was off color and coming up the whole time. It was a 4 species weekend. I hit a silver too! Reds, pinks, silvers and a dolly. That makes the out of stater smile. Time fishing equals hook ups out there. Get some!

ANGLER:  Flyguy
TRIP DATE:  8/8
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Montana Creek
SPECIES:  Pinks, Dogs, Silvers

REPORT: Got to Montana late Friday, watched a few flippers for a bit. Not much going on. Up and out Saturday 6am for the youth fishing derby. Headed to the mouth, daughter was looking for the big pinks. Hit a slightly blush silver about third cast! She was upset because it would not be counted for the derby! I, however, was happy to see it. Gave some hope to my intentions. Fished from 6am to near midnight, breaks for lunch and dinner. Only silvers I seen were my daughter's, and one other, also caught at the mouth. Switched gears in the evening and tried to entice some bows out of some holes. Tossed flesh, beads, and leaches for a bit. No avail, think the influx of hardware in the water had them pretty spooked.

It was pretty packed for the derby, 150 derby tickets sold. It was great to see all the families out there enjoying this event. Lots of smiling faces, first fish, and excited yelps of "fish on!" From the kids. I was surprised at the respect and courtesy shown by the young anglers. Plenty of pinks, made fishing fun for the kids. Glad we went early in the morning, as the pressure later in the afternoon made the fish from the bridge to the mouth pretty skiddish. I believe the winner of the derby was a 27 inch male. Daughter measured in at 25 inches. Again, the respect and honesty displayed this weekend's derby was amazing. Did not see any foul hooked fish retained. We are doing well teaching our kids to respect the rules and conserve our fisheries! Way to go parents!

ANGLER:  The Fisher King
TRIP DATE:  8/8
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Little Su
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: We took our boys and their east coast grandparents for our annual silver salmon fishing trips with Andy Couch of FishTale River Guides. With the opening of bait on August 6th Andy's morning anglers tend to harvest their limit within a couple of hours so we went up to the Little Su a couple of hours before our scheduled start time and we were able to get out on the water by 930am. The fish weren't inhaling the bait, but Andy kept the opportunities numerous and steady. Additionally, Andy did a great job coaching our little ones and their grandmother. Our youngest son caught a male near 12 pounds while Andy kept at it until our eldest was able to harvest his last fish with a hook set on a fish 50+ yards downstream. After some frustration on our son's part it was great to see him put it all together and nail the last fish like a pro. He drove that top hook right through the kype and the second hook through the lower jaw. There was no way that fish was getting away. All of the males we caught were over 10.5 pounds. It's nice to see some size and numbers back in the Little Su.

Thanks for all you do KK. Hope the Kenai dries out in the next couple of days.

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid reporting for Captain Shane at DRIFTWOOD CHARTERS
TRIP DATE:  8/9
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Cook Inlet out of Homer
SPECIES:  Halibut, Kings, and Coho

REPORT: The KING and his Royal Entourage is back in court. Actually the KING has never left the building.

Captain Shane has been hitting Feeder King Salmon in KBay and Cook Inlet all year long since he is open for business 365 days a year in Homer (unless the harbor freezes up for a short while in Jan.). Every month since New Year's has been an opportunity to put feeder kings in the fish box and right now the king fishing in Saltwater is RED HOT. There is no end to the numbers out there if you know where to drop the hook. And many of these kings are fattening up with their final AK meals before heading down south to the West Coast of SE, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon for their spawning run. And this is the reason so many of them are packing some pretty hefty weights now.

The limit in this area is 2 per day. Typically September and October are the KILLER Feeder King catching months but 2014 has hardly seen any change in the opportunities to put kings in the fish box. If its THIS GOOD in AUGUST, just imagine how good OCTOBER is going to be!! Chase and Chance were the two young anglers on this six pack Halibut/Salmon combo trip and these were the first king salmon they have caught. Not a bad way to break in as successful chinook fishermen. Way to go boys! The total haul on this combo was 12 halibut, TEN KINGS, and 7 Coho.


ANGLER:  KK & Flattail
TRIP DATE:  8/10
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace Lost Bucket
SPECIES:  TO molokaiBrushman

REPORT: I'm sorry Clayton but Flattail and I have given up in trying to get your bucket and gear back to you. You need to go buy some new stuff.

Flattail has left messages on your phone that have gone unanswered. Flattail has left a message with Nancy at the Library which you have not checked with either. Flattail has even taken the time to drive out to the Tailrace on his own time in the hopes of finding you there fishing so you can get your gear back. Flattail has messaged you on your Facebook page and emailed you on your email address. NO response.

I have emailed you with no reply from that message. I have responded and replied to your private FB message to me on the AOJ FB page and you have not responded to that either. You need to go buy some new gear. We can't continue this effort any longer. ~KK~

ANGLER:  Kardinal_84
TRIP DATE:  8/9
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Bay - Cheval Islands
SPECIES:  Cohos

REPORT: So Saturday, I pack up my pink and trout gear for a day's outing with my son. The plan was to look at Hope, then to drive on down the Peninsula looking for any fish I could find. My son had luck during the first Russian River run but due to the spotty on and off second run, he had fished hard without landing a lot of fish over the past few weeks so he deserved this trip.

As I drive by Potter Marsh, a buddy calls and say "Hey, I just passed you, where ya going?" I reply "Pink fishing with my kid." He says he is going out to Seward with another buddy of ours Sean. What? Silvers? Gotta do that! So an abrupt change in destination and we are off to Seward.

Leave the harbor about 11am. Water looks flat calm. Looks good! Get out to Caines Head and about 3 dozen boats are fishing there but we only see one hook up. Water is good, let's head out to Pony Cove! Well, once we hit the open gap, the seas were 4 to 6 ft but fortunately the periods looked long so we make it out at about half throttle. I know I can't talk because I fish out of a kayak, but there were several boats out there that had absolutely no business being there. 16 & 18 ft open skiffs with 50hp or less. That's just insane.

Good thing we made the run though because once we got there, it was the best coho fishing I think I have EVER encountered. We anchor up in about 250ft of water with the other boats. Drop mooching rigs down to about 100 ft and it was NONSTOP. We had 5 people, fishing 4 rods plus a proxy and we boat 36 fish in 2 hours! We lost almost as many. When we cleaned out the fish, they were loaded with sand lances and a LOT of cut up bait. Someone was using whole horse herring with the tails cut off because we found a few of those in the stomachs as well!

Weather was a bit rough and rainy, but the action sure made up for it! Good luck and be safe to all of those who enter the derby. I may give it a go off the kayak next weekend hoping the fish are a little closer to town.

Heres the video. A little crazy so not the best shots but it preserves the day for my son!


ANGLER:  girldad
TRIP DATE:  8/9
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Reds - LOST DUFFEL BAG

REPORT: Lost Bag at Bird Creek parking lot between 5:30 and 6:00 PM Saturday Aug 9. Blue Patagonia duffle bag. Had gear plus phone/wallet in side pocket. Please help! Call 907 868 4741 if you picked it up or know where it is.
Thank You.


ANGLER:  Jcchiz
TRIP DATE:  8/9
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Upper Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Fished 5 miles down river from Russian River Ferry. Waves of Sockeye coming though with fish that have not blushed or turned tomato red being few and far between. Did manage to take my limit on reasonably good looking fish but had to work for them. Relative from out of state had no luck. Several pinks in the mix as well. Kind of get the feeling we are at the end of the Red season. Fun day though. On to cohos.

ANGLER:  Flattimaster
TRIP DATE:  8/9
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Homer and Anchor River
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: My wife and I fished off the rocks of the Homer Boat Harbor, just outside the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, on both Aug 8 and 9. We cast spinners at high tide and the first few hours of the outgoing for a total of 3-4 hours each day. Lots of silvers swimming around and jumping here and there. Those fish didn't seem very interested in anything. But we each got 1 silver on the 8th, and my wife got 2 on the 9th (6.5 and 9 lb). It is nice on those rocks and the fish we caught were chrome bright and fought like crazy. You have to be careful landing them from the rocks. My wife lost a nice one when I was busy videoing her catch and was late to help her - the fish took her into the barnacle-covered rocks and the line quickly parted.

After finishing at Homer, and warming up from the wind and rain, we went to the Anchor River, arriving at about 6:30 pm. We walked downstream of the slide-in hole and I managed to get 2 nice silvers, about 7 lb each, on a #4 blue vibrax spinner. Great fun in a beautiful small stream. Those were my first Anchor River silvers. My wife also caught one pink and several dollies on spinners, all of which were released.

[AOJ: No doubt the Spit Lagoon can offer challenging king and coho fishing. The best fishing has always been when the incoming tide starts to push into the lagoon and then on the hour or two of the outgoing, fishing right there in the channel. Inside the lagoon the fish are often reluctant to bite but there are those who will catch an occasional fish on eggs under a bobber, slow retrieve of a small troll herring or on a lure. But the channel on the tides is best. Congrats on the Anchor silver. A number of folks have been waiting on some word that the front end of the run has begun.]

ANGLER:  Race
TRIP DATE:  8/7
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Creek - HOPE
SPECIES:  Salmon

REPORT: Two days in Hope - 8/7 & 8/8. Not a silver to be seen. Lots of spawned out pinks and occasionally a fresh one. One legal catch on a pink and lots of snags. Fished before and during high tide on Thursday until about 5 PM, and then a couple hours Friday morning. Only used spinners. Windy but not much rain both days.

[AOJ: The pink run is definitely on its last leg as the best fishing is during the month of July with a little bit at the beginning of August. Not too many silvers going up Resurrection Creek. More up SixMile if you can hit them right.]

ANGLER:  lucky strike
TRIP DATE:  8/9
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Deshka River
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Fished the lower river for the last 2 days and can say I have never seen the Deshka so dead this time of year. On the eighth 3 of us fished 6 hours and landed 3 fish. There were 9 other boats at or near the mouth and we only saw one other fish caught. Today we fished from 6 AM until 10:30 AM and did not have a single strike. There were about 8 other boats fishing and we did not see a single fish caught. A couple of boats that had gone upriver returned with similar reports.

[AOJ: The Deshka is definitely not following the trends of the other coho fisheries in Knik, Anchorage or Westside Cook Inlet. The KENAI seems to be following the same trend as the Deshka with coho very scarce in the lower river above tidewater each day. Tower Rock Lodge said they still are only getting 3 or 4 per boat in the morning and then switching to targeting sockeye and a few bright pinks to finish the day. I don't know what is going on with the Deshka as the timing appears to be sync'd with a normal year. So we are over 30% complete on the run at this time. One can only hope these two rivers just have some delays in the big numbers of fish and that they will turn up. Over in Res Bay, I got a note from Kardinal_84 that Cheval Island is plugged with coho. They were fishing 4 rods for five anglers and a proxy and boated 36 silvers in two hours to limit out on fish 90 - 100 feet down.]

ANGLER:  Gig
TRIP DATE:  8/8
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Upper Kenai
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Went across on the ferry, fished within 100 yards of the ferry. Limited out on the 7th and kept 7 yesterday. Did take alot of effort for me n my fishing bud to get our limits plus 1 proxy. I say yesterday between the two of us, we hooked into 100 fish, released 20+ tomatoes, kept 7, n lost the rest. Same story for the 7th. It's not too late to get some good reds, there in there!!!

[AOJ: Captain Jimmy there is your answer. Lots of fish along the FFO zone. Just have to sort through the mix for the bright fish.]

ANGLER:  MrJoCool
TRIP DATE:  8/9
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Fish Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Fished the 6AM opening hoping to hit the slug of silvers. Saw a few caught but not much action overall. If you are thinking about going be aware that the high tide is up into the weeds. I was knee-deep at the bank and the tides will be getting higher over the weekend. Very dangerous for kids in short boots! Also when the tide is going out the water is very cloudy from the water running off the banks.

Thanks for the great site! Been lurking for a couple years and always get the best info here.

ANGLER:  siskiyoucrash
TRIP DATE:  8/6
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Creek - HOPE
SPECIES:  Pinks

REPORT: Grandpa Ed, we drove up to Hope a few days ago. The Pinks were abundant in the Crick! Most had been there awhile and did not see any real bright fish. But they were being caught. The Kenai is packed with them also, at least as far up as Soldotna. Kids should be able to wear themselves out! Have fun with the grandkids!

ANGLER:  WFamilyFishing
TRIP DATE:  8/8
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River Falls at the Marker
SPECIES:  Reds/rainbow/Dollies

REPORT: Took out of state cousins to the marker. 4 boys ages 8-10. CnR'd 20 tomatoes. No chromes. Kept a nice bow and Dolly. Missed the fresh salmon but had a good time. KKK fly rocked them all. WFF

[AOJ: As you probably noticed the river level is way down. And in fact the lake level at the counting weir is over an inch lower than any previous low level record. River has not been this low of a flow rate before and probably inhibiting any fresh reds from moving up the river until a good rain can breathe new life in the stream. The tomatoes are probably the tail end of the first run. It could be too that any fresh reds deciding to head to the lake are making a fast break straight up the river at night and not stopping until they get above the falls. Low water = easy prey for bears and they seem to instinctively know that.]

ANGLER:  dirty north
TRIP DATE:  8/8
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina River
SPECIES:  Kings and reds

REPORT: sorry i am not reporting just a quick ?????? i heard a rumor of late king run and red run heading up the klutina any word from anybody in that area i appreciate any info before i make the mad dash from wasilla.

[AOJ: You'll most likely be the only angler there at this time of the year. King season on the Klutina River from Mile 13 down to Copper River is only open through Sunday August 10th. As far as reds, the counts through Copper sonar going back 3 weeks have not been all that great so I doubt its much of a surge of fish up the river. I have heard fish wheels on the Copper have been doing well on reds. I'd see if you can call one of the campgrounds around Copper Center to get firsthand info.]

ANGLER:  grandpaed
TRIP DATE:  8/6
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  any
SPECIES: 

REPORT: Got grandkids in town for couple more days. Anyone been to Hope last few days? Looking to give them a chance to catch fish and their parents are running res creek 50 miler, so I'll have time to help them. Never fished Hope, but heard there was good pink run although it may be over, but a few silvers too. Pls any advice on place to go, how to fish it, what to use etc. Would like grandkids to catch if possible so they'll want to visit next year w/ granddad again.

[AOJ: Last Hope report was 8/3 and they were catching pinks on almost every cast. Vibrax, pixies, even coho flies. There are also a lot of pinks and chums at Bird Creek too with the chance for an occasional silver.]

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  8/8 BREAKING NEWS 5PM
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  SHIP CREEK
SPECIES:  COHO LIMITS

REPORT:


CLICK THE NOTICE FOR THE EMERGENCY ORDER ANNOUNCEMENT


ANGLER:  MeChillinAK
TRIP DATE:  8/6
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  The Ditch
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Fished the outgoing tide and finally figured out the proper recipe for success (with help from the locale guys fishing), guess it helps being a girl! LOL New to fly fishing and landed 3 silvers with my 9 wt with 15lb leader with 3/0 red octopus hook and some flash. Only thing, you must be aggressive and claim the right area to get your fish. I just tell the guys around me that I'm dangerous with this new fly rod, so be warned! Landed my cohos rather quickly after figuring out the best lures and weight. I actually used the Kenai Krill Killer on 3/0 with some modification and the silvers seemed to like it, even saw one chasing my fly! Thanks KK!


[AOJ: I would say you are a quick learner and got it dialed! If only some of the guys were as talented. HA. Nice stringer.]

ANGLER:  Anchorage slayer
TRIP DATE:  8/7
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Went down to Bird Creek to fish the tide. Saw lots of fish but no one catching much. Saw a few people walk away with some silvers. Between me and my two buddies fishing we caught one silver for 4 hours of fishing. Had lots of fun though.

ANGLER:  Idaho red
TRIP DATE:  8/7
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: So I have been reading this site for years. I come up from Idaho to work and try to wet a line when time allows. This weekend time allows and I find myself in a quandary. With Fish and Game counting pinks as reds I'm rethinking my drive to the Kenai River. Thinking about going to Cordova for the first push of silvers. I'll summon the spirit world and look for direction. I hope Fish and Game takes a more scientific approach!! However point is who is going to take control of the fishery management before we are all reduced to snagging farmed mush in a canal?

Can't common sense drive policy or do we have to sort thought the lowest common denominator approach forever. I, like 99 percent of the folks that read this site just want good information so we can enjoy a little time near water.

The bar is low. Alaskans must demand a better and more sophisticated approach then...."we are not reporting reds anymore cuz they are more pinkish than red"!! Holy moly that is a debacle.

[AOJ: If you decide to head to the Peninsula I'd stop and check out the Russian Confluence and Kenai main stem there. Its a mix of Kenai reds and Russian reds and that may provide you with all the action you are looking for. Further down in the middle and lower river there are pinks from tidewater all the way to Skilak Lake now. No pinks to speak of in the upper Kenai section. It might be a tad early for coho nearshore in PWS. ADFG Weekly Report this week mentions the charters are still having to run far out into the sound to do well on silvers and nothing is showing near Valdez yet or near shore in Whittier. So maybe the Kenai is still the better option. Or the Parks streams are filling with multiple species of salmon to give you some variety.]

ANGLER:  Bayman099
TRIP DATE:  8/7
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  PWS
SPECIES:  Halibut/Ling/Silver/Rockfish

REPORT: KK:

I always look forward to your reports, they are very informative. I do two annual road trips to Alaska each year from here in Whitehorse, Yukon. Looking forward to my second of 2014 in 3 weeks to PWS and a couple charters and hopefully the silvers will be in at AP at that time. However, in the meantime, will be heading to BC to hit the Fraser River sockeye run where DFO is forecasting a median of 23M fish, but the upper forecast could go as high as 72M.

Tight lines and keep up the great work. I speak for everyone, we all appreciate it.

[AOJ: Geez, that is a massive run. Something to rival Bristol Bay returns. Good to hear the Fraser sockeye are showing some healthy returns, much like what is going on for many West Coast king salmon fisheries and their runs. Coho in the Lower KP streams are just starting to trickle in but the Inlet is filling with them so they should be making the push into freshwater soon. Mostly Dollies right now but by the time you get down here things should be cooking. Have a safe journey.]

ANGLER:  Bolog Family
TRIP DATE:  8/6
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Parks Highway Streams
SPECIES:  All 5 Salmon Species

REPORT: Alaska Fish and Game has a 5 salmon challenge for families this year. Catch all 5 and earn a certificate. We completed ours last night when my daughter Shawna caught a silver.

Here are some pictures that complete the 5 salmon challenge that ADFG has this year. Shawna caught the silver, Alyssa caught the pink and red, Angie (Mom) caught the king, and Shannon (Dad) caught the chum. Thanks for all the work you do.



[AOJ: Congrats on the Family accomplishment. That is the first one that anyone has reported so far this season. For those who might be interested in this 5 Salmon Species Challenge you can visit the F&G page detailing the program. (ADFG 5 SALMON CHALLENGE) And remember that even though king salmon season is over and there are only spawned out kings in the streams, there are still feeder kings in the saltwater. AND don't forget that a F&G stocked landlocked king salmon in one of the lakes (see the F&G stocked lakes list for chinook) will qualify as a king salmon caught as long as your photo shows enough details to identify it as a chinook and not a coho or rainbow. So the GAME is still ON folks. The certificate is suitable for framing, especially if you put it in a large photo gallery frame that you could include the fish photos to go along with it. One of those family mementos or keepsakes to hang on the wall.]


ANGLER:  Bluelight
TRIP DATE:  8/7
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Quartz Creek
SPECIES:  Dollies

REPORT: Fished yesterday evening with some friends and the fishing was pretty slow. Looked like it had been fished pretty hard yesterday. Didn't see as much spawning activity as I did Saturday and the dollies we were seeing weren't that interested. Worked lots of bead sizes and colors, but we didn't do much. Such is fishing...

[AOJ: The Russian late run is finally seeing a bit of an improvement in sockeye counts with the run projecting out at exactly 41,000 fish which is a good cushion above the 30K minimum escapement goals. The Russian River is at an all time record low water level and that is apparently inhibiting the sockeye from moving up the stream. So they are building numbers along the Kenai mainstem which is where anglers should be concentrating their sockeye efforts. Hopefully the recent sonar counts in the lower Kenai will push some reds up into the Quartz Creek fishery to bolster spawning numbers. Its not a good year in that creek unless you can walk on salmon and smell them a mile away. :-)]

ANGLER:  3 German Flyfishermen
TRIP DATE:  8/23
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Region Cordova
SPECIES:  Silver Salmon

REPORT: Dear Mr. K.K

we are 3 German flyfishermen and we love Alaska. So we will visit this wonderful land this year for the 28th time. In the last 8 years we have preferred the Region of PWS and we will do so again in August 2014.

We are always very interested in the Alaskan Anglers Reports, but we miss the weekly reports of PWS, the last is for the week of July 15 to July 21. Could you please manage to continue these reports in time? We would be very grateful. Yours G. Frank

[AOJ: Yeah, last week was pretty busy and I missed getting that week's ADFG reports posted. But at 2am last night I got all of THIS WEEK'S new ADFG reports posted before heading to bed. If you see the old PWS report just hit the REFRESH button on your browser to bring up this week's new information. Good Luck on your trip and thanks for coming to Alaska for your vacations.]

ANGLER:  billt
TRIP DATE:  8/6
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Alexander Lake
SPECIES:  Pike

REPORT: Took my grandson and friend to Alexander Lake. Lots of pike but the rainstorm got us wet.

ANGLER:  Nushagak transplant
TRIP DATE:  8/6
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Been a good year fishing Silvers at the Creek this year. over the past 10 days or so, I've been able to put away 20+ silvers. Went down at high water today (bout 5pm) and was done at 630 with my limit, and I had one that broke off! Hope to catch the out going in the AM. Good luck and good fishing all!

[AOJ: Ah, you had better transplant back to the NUSH quick!! Here is what was issued by ADFG on WEDNESDAY.

EO - The sport fishing bag and possession limit for coho salmon in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage, excluding the Wood River drainage, is being increased to ten fish per day; ten in possession.

The escapement of coho salmon in the Nushagak River has exceeded the escapement goal of 60,000-120,000 fish. Through August 5, over 286,000 coho salmon are estimated to have passed the Portage Creek sonar.


Now THAT is a KILLER COHO RUN. Let's hope that is an omen for our own coho fisheries in Cook Inlet. I just spoke with Captain Shane at Driftwood Charters this evening and he said there are silvers all over the Inlet right now and hardly ANY pinks left down in the lower Inlet out of Homer now. Silvers, silvers, silvers! They are so thick that even with a full boat of anglers he is only running TWO RODS because its a double hookup on every pass through the fish. Hang on to your fishing hats folks. We might be in for a WILD RIDE this coho season! We deserve it!]

ANGLER:  X-Rap
TRIP DATE:  8/6
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Valley Streams
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Been hitting Several of the drainages off the Big Sue, the Silvers are definitely running larger this year! Though they are a little spotty a good set of glasses and some shoe leather can put you on them.

ANGLER:  akdboy
TRIP DATE:  8/5
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: hello all! Arrived at the creek around 5pm fished just above the viewing area. Hooked tons of pinks and landed 3 silvers was a great day, a few people asked how I do so well and I must say for all u young bucks out there beads and yarn are 2 items u need in your box to be successful for silvers, colors and design are a trial and error process but that is part of the fun. :) tight lines :)

ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  8/5
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Bings Landing - Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye and pinks

REPORT: Me and my dad made it down after looking at the counts. We just couldn't pass it up. Going off of what flattimaster said there is definitely something wrong. Got to our spot that normally produces really well 10 casts had a fish on I thought OK this might be good. Fish rolling just off the Naptowne rapids thought it was a little odd but went with it. It wasn't until my dad pulled in a nice chrome hen pink that I realized what they were.. There were sockeye there just not in good numbers.. Those fishing the upside of rocks in known channels did very well and most fishing those spots limited out. We did manage a blushy hen and after several hours and switching to several good sockeye holes and nothing called it a day. Although we didn't get many sockeye we did have fun hooking and releasing several pinks.

ANGLER:  LifelongAKfisherman
TRIP DATE:  8/7
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Fished the Keys area from the bank; worked hard for a limit. Prior to the new and "improved" sonar these numbers would have meant easy limits. Something is definitely not right - it's fishy. What can we, your faithful sporties and dippers, do to motivate ADF&G to wake up!?

ANGLER:  Dr Sockeye
TRIP DATE:  7/26
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River - Mile 17
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Have fished the Kenai River for sockeye 17 of the last 21 years ..... Our group was good at predicting the sockeye counts based on our personal experience ..... We KNEW if the count was 20,000 or 60,000 because the numbers were reflected in our success rate .... Over the last 3 years, with the "new and terribly inaccurate sonar", our sockeye harvest has declined considerably - this year was the worst sockeye harvest of the 17 years I have fished the Kenai River ....

And the totally bogus sonar counts of supposedly over 200,000 sockeye 2 days consecutively in 2013 was a travesty .... The dipnetters AND the sport fishermen know and agree with the Klondike Kid - the commercial fishermen are harvesting the majority of sockeye returning to the Kenai River, and have also contributed to the declining Kenai River chinook escapement .....

BTW, fished for sockeye, along with other members of our fishing party, every day from July 14th to 28th this year - very difficult conditions ..... We can only hope & pray that ADF&G becomes wise & honest, so that our beloved Kenai River fishery returns to the fabulous days of the past ........ when there were plenty of fish for the Commies, sporties, dippies .........

"You better watch out, you better not pout, you better not cry, I'm telling you why .... Dr Sockeye's coming to town .... And he knows if you're foul hooking, and he knows if you get drunk. So if you're getting tired, just fall into your bunk .. Hey !!!!!! "
Sing & repeat to the jingle we all learned as kids!!


ANGLER:  livetofish
TRIP DATE:  8/3
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Little Campbell Lake
SPECIES:  Salmon

REPORT: Taking a page out of Kardinal84 I went out and bought a Hobie Oasis Mirage drive Kayak. Got to tell you it is amazing, love it more than my 12' aluminum skiff with electric motor. Been working the bugs out before heading to Valdez to fish silvers in Sept, headed out to Little Campbell Lake and fished, it was sunny and a little breezy. Caught 14 of these kings or pinks most 12" one that was 16" but was a blast. Used 3 wt flyrod and gold ribbed hares ear on floating line, tried a few other patterns but this was most consistent. Next step is buying a dry suit UGH! But hey less expensive than a 26' Hewescraft.

Thank you for the Blog and all the hours of labor you put into this site, I read it a few times a day and use it for trip planning.


[AOJ: I'm sure you are going to really enjoy the Hobie. That model is a proven seaworthy model as you have seen in a number of videos Kardinal_84 has posted on his Channel. There are a number of friends in their kayaking "club" that you will enjoy participating in their outings. And its growing all the time. besides fishing there is always exploring places like Portage Glacier or take the kayak shuttle from Millers Landing to Bear Glacier for a day of paddling around some spectacular ice bergs in a landlocked glacial lake just off the beach. I passed your note on to Rudy.]

ANGLER:  ReelTroutStudio
TRIP DATE:  8/6
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  JIM Creek
SPECIES:  Coho/Silver

REPORT: After getting 'hooked' on this nearby local fishery again (just started fishing it again last weekend after ignoring it since 2003), I've ran out a few times over the last week.

Silvers are coming in, but not in great numbers yet, according to others I've encountered. I've managed at least one each time, and could probably have limited if I wanted to devote the day to it, but getting a nice fresh fish each day is fine with me.

Eggs seem to produce best results - too bad I fed all my dipnetted sockeye eggs to the Kenai trout last week! I haven't fished bait in over a decade - oh well, it works, this is meat for the freezer/smoker. I would have limited today but I lost a leaper while I was drinking my breakfast shake. Probably should concentrate on the task at hand...

The road is plenty rough - surprised to see some non 4x4 passenger small cars drive out - a little rain definitely raises the puddles and mud factor.

Fun stuff while others are going to their office jobs. I like the reverse commute. I did decide if it's raining or breezy, it may not be a pleasant day to fish the area - you are at the base of several mountains and the face of a nearby glacier - it gets very cold even for a seasoned Alaskan of almost 4 decades. Better spent in the studio!
Might check out the Talkeetna scene tomorrow - float the upper Kenai over weekend and upper Kenai/Seward next week. Life is good!


ANGLER:  akdan
TRIP DATE:  8/6
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai Middle river
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: I absolutely agree with KK's assessment and ridiculous "science" ADF&G is currently using to destroy the Red run in the name of preventing over escapement! I live on the river and fish it every year during the peak numbers since my area is poor until there is a very high count. This year the high counts resulted in little or no success but I did notice the commercial harvest exceeded 2 million reds. I guess the commercial guys will not be happy until the run is no longer a viable resource for them.

Your comment about ballot measure 1 is a very short sighted view and will result in the oil industry heading to more competitive areas where they are not penalized when the global crude prices are high.

[AOJ: Well after a 22 year exemplary career as a Production operator in Alaska's oilfields including 17 years on the Slope on ARCO and BP's payroll, my comments are far from short-sighted. I've never lied to my readers, nor deceived them, misled them, or blown smoke in all the years I have run AOJ since 1995. I do have more to say on the subject before the election to enlighten Alaskans with FACTS and some serious things to consider and think about before marking that X on the ballot, many straight from the Horse's mouth, i.e. ConocoPhillips and BP themselves which they are NOT putting in their commercial ads. Then I'm going to be done with it and in five years you will not find a single Alaskan who will admit to having voted NO on SB21 tax repeal. Just like you can't find anyone who will admit to voting for Obama.....twice even! :-)]

ANGLER:  FrenchyAK
TRIP DATE:  8/5
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Fished Ship Creek in the morning to hit the outgoing tide. Slow for the first hour then picked up. I see Ecklefish posted on here, which made me decide to post. Good hooking the same fish in the mouth with you! That was insane. Wish we would have landed it. Thanks for the tips as well. Helped me get my second fish! Ended up with 2 on the day in about 3 hours of fishing. Good stuff. Going to hit it up later this week and see what I can get. Tight lines!

ANGLER:  Csilook
TRIP DATE:  8/6
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Mineral Lakes
SPECIES:  Pike, Grayling

REPORT: To the person asking about pike fishing. Mineral Lake off the Tok Cutoff is excellent especially if you have a canoe. There are a lot of grayling in that lake too. I know its a little far but drive up us beautiful.

ANGLER:  Dfinunaka
TRIP DATE:  8/5
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Moose/Kenai River
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: So I've been waiting all morning on the fish count for the reds and fish and game says they longer will be putting that information up do to the amounts of pinks now passing through?... So the day before when 59,000 passed thru they couldn't tell between the two species? Anyways I just say have fun and take my chances out there lol I did get a couple fishing 12 hours , it's worth it.

ANGLER:  Flattimaster
TRIP DATE:  8/5
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Reds and pinks

REPORT: My wife and I fished the Kenai in the Sterling area on Aug 4 and 5. On the 4th we were able to get 4 reds and just a few pinks at Morgan's Landing. Slow but decent for this time of the season. The next morning (Aug 5), we fished from a boardwalk location up from Morgan's and got nothing but pinks and most were getting foul hooked because we were up high and we would hook them on the lift. That same evening we fished at Morgan's again (we like to get in the River) and it was nothing but big pinks. Not a single red. Not many other people fishing but no one else was getting reds, just pinks. I really have to question ADFG reporting 56K reds on Aug 3 and 60K reds on Aug 4. Those fish should have been moving through Sterling yesterday but they weren't to be found. I suspect that they are counting pinks not reds. What worries me is that management decisions on based on these numbers. I know that there were concerns last year about the accuracy of the counts. Was any of that resolved?

Oh, and I threw a vibrax spinner every once in a while hoping for a Kenai Silver. Nothing yet. I have never caught a silver in the Kenai before. Do people get them with spinners in the Sterling area?

[AOJ: Your concerns about this year's sockeye counts with a "Pink Bias" are what a great many folks are thinking and saying too.....MYSELF included. During this past week we had the highest daily counts of the entire run yet I watched 5 dedicated snaggers flipping bare hooks, complete with a dedicated netter in their bunch on July 31 (just before I went dipping in the afternoon). That day was counting 66,786 REDS (the biggest day of the year) and these guys are fishing just TWO miles upstream of the counter. That is an average fish passage rate of 2782 REDS an HOUR which is split on both riverbanks to 1400 REDS per HOUR and these guys got ONE small fish in a half hour before I quit watching. Now you tell me how 700 reds passed by these five guys in 30 minutes fishing illegally and one smallish Hidden Lake red was snagged? That is nearly 12 reds a MINUTE going by these five guys. That is ONE RED EVERY FIVE SECONDS through FIVE snag hooks! And no one was hitting fish at Soldotna Park along that bank just upstream either. I have not received a single fishing report that detailed fishing success equivalent to these daily counts from anglers fishing in the typical public access areas. Even with the DIDSON counting more fish than the Bendix system, a 66,000 red day would have been 47,000 reds on Bendix numbers and I would have seen limits all up and down the riverbank on a day like that. This year, even before the pinks hit, you had to work HARD every day for a limit of reds with the exception of those few "sweet spots" on the river that are easy or fairly easy limits even on slow days as long as some fish are passing.

The ADFG Kenai Sockeye Sonar Counting project includes a fish wheel near the sonar which continuously dips a "sample" of the fish moving along the shoreline. ADFG biologists then count the various species of salmon caught in the trap and use that percentage to base their DAILY SOCKEYE Counts on. So if the fish box on the wheel had 200 reds and 200 pinks then that day's sockeye count would be more or less 50% of what the sonar counted. This is far from accurate, dependable, and trustworthy BUT its the only thing ADFG has at its disposal to determine the split between counted pinks and counted reds. And since pinks are not like reds and may travel further out from shore, many pinks in concentrations being counted on the sonar may not be within the fish wheel sampling zone near shore. This is were the PINK BIAS and error rate in sockeye accuracy comes in. And so the numbers you are seeing and the lack of high angler success rates pretty much spells it out as numbers you can't go by.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, I just checked with the Commfish division and ADFG announced this morning (Wednesday) that due to the inaccuracies of sockeye counts being reported because of the numbers of Pinks in the river they will NO LONGER POST DAILY SOCKEYE COUNTS. They will continue to use the fish wheel and have engaged in a netting program to better assess the composition of the fish schools moving up the river. (Closing the gate after the horse is out of the coral.) Some of the previous daily counts may be adjusted after the season based on the combination netting and fish wheel information.

LASTLY, I like you are very concerned about ADFG using these past couple of years numbers for managing the commercial harvest of Kenai sockeye. This single sockeye run is probably the most valuable salmon run in the state when accounting for the commercial harvest value, the Personal Use dipnetters value and the tourism/sport fishing value to this area. It impacts not just hundreds of jobs relying on this run, its HUNDREDS OF BUSINESSES with multiple employees relying on this run. Overcounting of sockeye escapement and managing commfish harvest based on those numbers will have future repercussions. There is no denying it. When ADFG Pre-Season Cook Inlet and Kenai River sockeye forecasts in the future come in way over what ended up in the nets for that coming season, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT BACK AND DO OVER! You live with the results. And the PROOF confirming those erroneous escapement numbers will be when all other Southcentral/Kodiak sockeye runs come in at expected levels so there is no way to claim "Mother Nature screwed the Kenai run" and didn't affect any other sockeye fishery return.

We have ALL our eggs in ONE BASKET. A single sonar system that is raising serious doubts in the public eye is being used as the ONLY means of determining true inriver sockeye passage.
    There is NO CONSIDERATION OR MONITORING OF THE FOLLOWING DEPENDABLE REALTIME INDICES & INDICATORS:
  • The previous day's dipnetter success & harvest at the mouth of the Kenai River
  • The Sport angler catch rates during the daily passage of apparent large sockeye numbers
  • The volume of fish being processed at local processors on the day of and day after huge counts are reported
  • Catch rates and volume of sockeye processed by Kenai River lodges and guiding operations
  • Monitoring sockeye catch rates in the King Salmon test netting project at the lower Kenai River king sonar project location
  • And lastly, the observations of Alaskans who LIVE ON THIS RIVER and KNOW whether the counts are accurate or not based on decades of fishing this river in their own backyards from Beaver Creek all the way to the Kenai Keys


And all of this is IGNORED as additional indicators of sonar count accuracy. We don't count. The numbers WE are putting or not putting on the board in our daily use of this resource DON'T COUNT. The Fox with tunnel vision (the Mgmt Plan & sonar counts) is guarding the Hen House. And we are going to pay for it in a deterioration of our local river-based economy as failure of future sockeye runs to produce the world class experience we are trying to develop will fail to own up to its earlier reputation as RELIABLE.

The state is getting ready to enter some tough economic times with oil running out, a multi-billion dollar cash giveaway subsidy to the oil companies, and a failure to find any significant oil discoveries or prospects that will turn around our negative state revenue shortfall to pay for our annual budget. Alaska's next ten years will need to be the transformation period to a private business based economy. And that means developing our Tourism and visitor count to the MAX to keep money flowing into Alaska. We can't do that when the NON-COMMERCIAL resource users of our fisheries are totally and completely ignored as step children who get the scraps and leftovers. We are heading for a state income tax, or state sales tax, or raiding the Permanent Fund, or a combination of these to fund our growing State Budget as the oil runs out and we are spending more than we take in. The little pools and pockets of oil the North Slope producers are "advertising" in their commercials won't even keep up with the North Slope production decline. You can't get oil (and state revenue) out of an EMPTY RESERVOIR. The bathtub is nearly dry! Pay attention folks. (I worked in Alaska's oil fields in production for 22 years!)

OK, I'm off the soap box. I will say if you vote NO on the oil tax repeal, it will be the worst decision you will make. And will cost YOU and your family personally in the future.]

ANGLER:  AkTraumaJunkie
TRIP DATE:  8/3
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Creek - HOPE
SPECIES:  Pinks!

REPORT: Took my kids to Hope Sunday afternoon on incoming Tide. Pink salmon hooked almost every cast. Great for the smoker and Great fun for the kids!!!

Can anyone tell me the best Matsu lake to try for Northern Pike?? My son and I would love to catch some this fall. Best bet for anglers on the road system. We do not have a river boat. Thank you!!

[AOJ: Pike anglers tend to be closed-mouth about their best fishing waters. Its unfortunate since these are invasive species that need to be removed but after eating a lot of pike here on the Kenai Peninsula before they were substantially reduced by ADFG efforts, I can understand why anglers don't tell where they are fishing. I'd rather eat a Fresh PIKE than thaw out salmon or halibut from the freezer to eat. Not even in the same ball park!

Your lack of a boat will significantly reduce your chances of success since most public access points on Valley lakes are heavily fished in that tiny area. Kayaks, inflatables, and pontoon rafts are ideal for getting onto these pike infested lakes and finding where the best locations are.

This is from the Matsu Valley ADFG Weekly Fishing Report for Pike Fishing: For road-accessible pike fishing try Horseshoe, Rainbow and Anderson lakes or the Nancy Lake Canoe System Lakes; specifically Frazier, Little Frazier, Tainiana, Ardaw, Milo, Lynx, and Nancy lakes. But again, without a small watercraft to move around on those lakes your success will be very limited.

This is the list of all known waters containing Northern Pike here in Southcentral. There may be a lake just down the road from your house. Check it out. Invasive Pike Waters In Southcentral Alaska.]

ANGLER:  Eklutnadan
TRIP DATE:  8/5
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof River - Dipping
SPECIES:  Reds, Pinks

REPORT: Last ditch dipping at Kasilof is yielding results for the determined. Running 1-2 reds an hour with an occasional pink or silver. No obvious commercial pressure, although I'm not an expert on that front. Few people, less than 30 at any one time means choice spots. Good luck and thanks to the great spirits for this

gift.

[AOJ: The Commercial Beach Sites fishing season is OVER for the Kasilof District nets so these next two days should see a little better netting success, especially for the chance to get a silver or two. The Kenai and East Forelands District beach sites still have 12 hours to fish on WEDNESDAY and then their season is OVER also.]

ANGLER:  Eckelfish
TRIP DATE:  8/5
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Went back again this a.m. at about 7am was slow till about 8am and then it was steady for about the next hour and half. I caught my limit, proxy and culled a few. Question KK can you catch and release silvers after you limited out? The funniest thing happened I and this guy across the channel hooked the same fish, I gave it line and he was reeling it in but it got off, several others witnessed it! Today the fish were not hitting it like yesterday, I found that a medium speed drag across the cut worked best. Way fewer limits today as well as fish caught. Got to work but may hit the pm tides this week. PS KK on your good word I smoked a fresh pink and you know it was pretty good, I was quite surprised I liked it! Thanks for all your hard work. Tight lines!

[AOJ: The no fishing in salmon waters after catching a limit of salmon applies to the streams in the KNIK ARM Freshwaters. For the Anchorage Bowl streams you can CnR after retaining a limit of salmon.

I just made up a big bowl of Smoked pink salmon spread for crackers. Its so good I ate a whole roll of Ritz crackers in one sitting. 8 oz. whipped cream cheese, 8-10 oz. of sour cream, 1/2 tsp of dried dill, 2 tsp lemon juice, 2 whole green onions chopped fine, 1 pound of smoked pink salmon ground fine in a blender. Many folks will want to add a taste of horseradish to the spread but I pass on that. I intentionally put a heavy smoke on these fish because they were destined for a smoked salmon spread and I like the smokey flavor.]

ANGLER:  AKwalleye
TRIP DATE:  8/3
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Wasilla Area Lakes
SPECIES:  Northern Pike

REPORT:
Took my small boat up to the Valley in search of anything that would bite. A coworker and I fished in the rain for a few hours and managed to remove 16 3/4 invasive Pike from South Central Alaskan waters. Didn't land any monsters, but plenty of action on light gear. They seemed to dig small trout spinners in the #2 size range. I threw a bunch of my Minnesota Pike tackle at them, but they only wanted the small spinners. Bellies were full of dragonflies and leeches...maybe a Lindy rig tipped with a fat leech might work, hmmm. They are destined to become pickled pike, to be eaten during football season!

[AOJ: Dragonflies and leeches are a sure sign the lakes are overpopulated with stunted hammerhandles. They have pretty much eaten all the meat in the lake except themselves and indicates there are few large predator size pike to feed on the hammerhandles. Pike can easily eat fish that are 40% of their body weight, meaning a ten pound pike could eat a 4 pounder for breakfast. The only way to improve those fisheries is to cull as many of the small fish as possible as you have done to leave enough food for some fish to grow into edible size fish. Pickling as you know is a favorite way to preserve those 18 inch pike since the process breaks down the bones where you eat the whole thing.

The deformed one might have escaped a near-death experience in the jaws of a larger pike when it was small. I've caught a few in the past with some major deformed bodies that had encountered a close call with a darkhouse spearo. These fish are like prehistoric creatures and cling to life under the worst of conditions. It looks like the lakes you were on would be good snorkeling and spearing them with a spear gun. I just love getting eyeball to eyeball with them in the weedbeds. Its just like hunting.

Oh yeah, for the pike fishing fly rod enthusiast, Brad Hanson has fished Valley pike a lot in the past and has developed a number of killer bunny leech patterns that are confirmed to be genuine pike getters. If any tiers are interested, you can review the Tying Recipes at Creature Features - The NATURALS.]

ANGLER:  CKing
TRIP DATE:  8/4
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Upper Kenai - Kenai Lake bridge to Jim's
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Three of us spent 11 hours floating and fishing yesterday and the action was hot every foot of the river. Reds were jumping from Kenai Lake to Jim's . About even mix of chrome colored and blushed out fish. Dollies and Bows were hyper and biting everything. Only saw about a dozen other boats all day and hardly any people as we passed the confluence/ferry but everyone we did see had fish or were hooking into them. Sure wish there were cleaning tables at Jim's. Will be a day permanently etched in my memory!

ANGLER:  Daealaska
TRIP DATE:  8/5
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Nick Dudiak Homer Spit Fishing Lagoon
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Silvers jumping and being caught on incoming tides!

ANGLER:  The Fisher King
TRIP DATE:  8/4
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Fished yesterday with my visiting father at Bird Creek. We arrived just before the incoming tide and took our favorite positions among the other waiting anglers. As the tide came in each of us caught a male 5-lb silver on Andy Couch's flashtrap spinners (mine in basic black and dad's in hot pink). We saw another couple of fish caught in a 30 minute span before moving upstream. Lots of pinks and chums in clearwater section of the creek. Not much action above the bridge even after the tidal push. Dad caught one pink and hooked up with another silver which tossed the hook. The silver action was the steadiest I've ever seen it at Bird Creek. Fish were definitely coming out, but I didn't see anyone close to limiting.

ANGLER:  Flattail
TRIP DATE:  8/4
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  FOUND FISHING GEAR

REPORT:
KK, I found a bucket of gear left in the parking lot, I'm sure the owner would like to have it back.
Flattail

[AOJ: To the owner of the above mentioned fishing gear, give me a few details about the bucket contents on a fishing report form along with your email address and I'll give you the details for contacting Flattail to get your stuff back.]



ANGLER:  agimarc
TRIP DATE:  8/4
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Little Su
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Guided fishing trip this morning out of Burma Landing. Weather was awful, but cleared shortly after our trip down river. Tossed vibrax at silvers for a couple hours and ended up with 4 limits. River rising, some junk in it, and water was not clear down river. Had to hunt for silvers. No dogs or pinks. Other than the WX, a pretty good country trip. Little guy in the w/c loved it. Cheers -

[AOJ: The Litte Su coho count at the weir is now half way to reaching the minimum escapement goal of 10K. And that appears much earlier than the unusual summer we had last year with high water temps. On the other side of the coin the DESHKA Coho Run continues to suffer some sort of anemia and through yesterday's coho count it is only half of what the average run would have counted by now. Projection at this time is only 12,000 fish with 21% of the run complete. With an average run of nearly 23,000 we are see some untypical patterning here, much like what is turning up for the Russian River late run of sockeye. The Deshka can turn around quickly with huge numbers through the weir in just a couple of days. But for now its slim pickin's for anglers.]

ANGLER:  agimarc
TRIP DATE:  8/1
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Upper Kenai
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Chased reds Friday AM between Jim's and the Canyon for a few hours hoping that they were in. Sadly, they weren't in large numbers. Suspect they are still a week or so late. Used flies resembling stickleback (which steal eggs from red redds in the Russian). Usually do reasonably well with them in both rivers. Not so today. Appears that I will have to get into the fly tying business in an attempt to replicate the krill killer (thanks KK).

Lesson from this trip is that there are fishable reds out there, though the numbers in the upper river are not what I have seen in previous years. August may be shaping up to be a very good month, though. Cheers -

ANGLER:  Eckelfish
TRIP DATE:  8/4
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Fished a bit after 6am, the fish turned on at around 7 and got my limit and proxy in 30 minutes, released a few just outside the mouth. They really hit your rig on the swing, you do not need to rip it. I fished a 5 foot leader a 2/0 hook red yarn and a 8 & 6 mm red & orange beads w/2 #5 splits. The people that were not catching fish had too much weight. The guy next to me after I put the 4th one on my stringer asked to see my rig and said he was going to tie some up tonight. He caught his limit between the time I dragged my fish out and brought the car around, good for him. Think I'll go back tomorrow am!!! Seems like they get stacked up behind the railroad building in the channel about 2 hours before low tide going to look at it tonight to test my theory.

[AOJ: Its a hatchery run intended for maximum harvest so carry on! I've just made up a big batch of Smoked Pink Salmon spread for my Ritz crackers. And it doesn't last long. I'll be switching over to smoked silvers soon with the fish just starting into the Kenai now.]

ANGLER:  Bluelight
TRIP DATE:  8/3
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Ninnilchik River
SPECIES:  Dollies

REPORT: Good day yesterday fishing dollies behind spawning kings. 10mm worked best. Nice healthy, thick fish. Couple small rainbows, lots of jacks. Lots of active spawning, amazing to just stand there and watch. Some silvers in the river now, but not many from what I could tell. Crazy thunder storm yesterday afternoon, but the river stayed fishable. Could hear Salmonstock while we fished.

[AOJ: Yeah the thunder was right outside my door on Sunday in Soldotna. For the guy asking about Dollies in the Lower KP streams, there's your answer. Thanks for the report.]

ANGLER:  Bluelight
TRIP DATE:  8/2
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Quartz Creek
SPECIES:  Dollies

REPORT: Its on. Reds are actively spawning and the dollies are in behind them. Fished a little below the bridge and a lot above. Crowd not bad Saturday. In fact we didn't see anyone until we were walking out. Son and I got 30-40 fish each. A few rainbows. Couple 23-24 inch fish, but skinny. Lots of fish burping up eggs as we released them. Did best with 6mm and some 8mm natural roe. Not as many reds as I remember from previous years.

[AOJ: A lot of reds still entering the Kenai so there will be a lot more reds arriving later into Quartz. So its still early. When the milt gets so cloudy in the water you can't see the fish then you know you hit the peak. Or when you can smell the carcasses through closed windows on your truck long before you arrive. Bring bear protection just in case.]

ANGLER:  OrangeHat
TRIP DATE:  7/30
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River/Seward/Wolverine Creek/Hope
SPECIES:  Reds/Silvers/Halibut/Pinks

REPORT: We fished the last week of July and had a great time. The Reds on the Kenai were a little more spotty than prior years, but we caught fish on the trip (Kenai Reds, Seward Silvers/Halibut, Hope Pinks, and Wolverine Creek Silvers/Sockeye with Talon Air).

This was my 9 year old son's first time in Alaska and I think he is hooked for life. His favorite trips where the Seward and Hope trips. He and his buddy were competing to catch the most fish in Hope, and after about 40 fish each we called it a tie and stopped counting.

We went out with a guide on one of the days and we fished the outlet at Skilak Lake with plugs (yes, we caught lots of Reds back drifting plugs). In the two boats we had limits for most guys. It was our first time fishing plugs for Reds and was a great alternative to fishing from shore. We had heard about 1 or 2 boats doing it last year and this year there were 30 or so boats fishing the same way at the outlet at Skilak Lake.

We plan to make it up next year and like many out-of-state fishermen we hope that the AK voters continue to push for changes to improve the fisheries we all enjoy (especially the Kings on the Kenai).

ANGLER:  LasVegasAlaskan
TRIP DATE:  8/3
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: First, Thank you for the page. I relocated to Anchorage, May 1 and have been loving reading the reports, and watching the charts. It helps someone who knows nothing about Alaskan fishing get the hang of it.

Finally got to Bird Creek today about 1pm, after they cleared the traffic accident on AK1. Was fishing with a pink vibrax with little luck a few hook-ups but nothing landed, and thought what the hell, I am going to use the almost-KKK(Russian river fly with the dumb-bell and trimmed feathers) that I had great luck with on the Kenai. Tied it on, put a 1/2oz weight about 2 foot up and tossed it out, second throw, FISH ON. Nice sized silver. Two more throws, and again fish on. Snagged another 5-6 after this before the tide went out. Once the tide was out, I moved to the south side and started drifting in the shallows. I would drift 5-6 times and then hook into a pink or a smallish silver. All in all 2 fish in the freezer, and I caught and released enough pinks and small silvers that the 4 people around me wanted to know what I was using as a lure. I showed them and then told them about your page.

The day ended when I hooked a smallish pink fair in the mouth, got him right next to me in the water and grabbed the line just above the lure, just then he jerked, hook came loose from him and went deep into my index finger. Had to punch it through the other side and cut it off. Ouch. Haven't done any thing like that since I was 12 and pieced my ear with a large mouth bass hook.

Also wanted to say that last weekend I was at Bing's landing, was fishing and catching with your KKK and then a guy came in next to me, he had a hand tied, full style KKK and just slayed the reds. I had limited Saturday and finally did Sunday, but he came in, fly rod and KKK, and got his three in 25 minutes from stepping in the water. He had the touch and your lure. He even gave me a fully hand tied one.

Thanks again for the great page and helping those of us that don't know what/where and how to fish up here learn the ropes. Tight Lines!

[AOJ: Well that is how it all started. Knowing there were a lot of outsiders with no connections in Alaska to tell them when the fish are running and when they are not. And how to plan a visit to the state to capitalize on our bounty. Its all history from that point on. Glad the KKK worked on the silvers and pinks. I'm looking forward to seeing how it works on steelhead and fall Dollies.]

ANGLER:  AKTroutGuy
TRIP DATE:  8/1
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Quartz Creek
SPECIES:  Dolly Varden - Found Tackle Box

REPORT: FOUND A LOST FLY BOX!

Please email me a description of the fly box if you lost it.

jeffjensen_24 AT yahoo.com

ANGLER:  Darkhousefisher
TRIP DATE:  8/2-3
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Fish Creek Youth Fishery
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT:

Took my three kids and my niece to Fish Creek both days of the Youth Only Fishery. I forgot how much fun that is. Saturday 2 kids got their limit, but more importantly, all 4 kids caught fish! My little girl even caught her first silver. Sunday my youngest stayed home, so I took the other three down. All three caught their limit of silvers. Eggs under a bobber seemed to be the trick, although my oldest son caught a nice hen on a rainbow colored vibrax that he found. We're already looking forward to next year.


ANGLER:  Sierra Dragon
TRIP DATE:  8/1-2
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Valdez
SPECIES:  Pinks

REPORT: Had the opportunity to fish Allison Point in Valdez on both Aug 1st and 2nd during a Scout Camp. Loads of Pinks everywhere. After 10 or so caught and released with a Pixie I handed my rod to one of the boys who forgot their gear and practiced with my fly rod for awhile, reeling in a pink every cast. The whole experience was a little surreal for sure. Pinks are getting a little Zombieish and no Silvers in sight yet.

ANGLER:  NateM
TRIP DATE:  8/2
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Quartz Creek
SPECIES:  Lost Fly Rod & Reel with Dolly Report

REPORT: My son had his 5wt, 9ft Redington fly rod, blueish green color ripped from his grip by a red salmon on Quartz Creek on Saturday the 2nd. It has an Orvis reel attached. This was in front of the Quartz Creek campground above the fish weir. He's pretty distraught over it but I remind him equipment is replaceable, children aren't. If anyone comes across this setup and can return it I'd be happy to pay a reward. Fishing at Quartz was decent. Plenty of spawning reds getting in the way. A couple nice large bows dead on the weir gate which was disappointing to see. Not too much fishing pressure. Good weather and a moment with nature. Seems too little anymore in today's busy life. Thanks AOJ for continued updates.

ANGLER:  M.Hayes
TRIP DATE:  8/2
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Narrows, Allison Point - Valdez
SPECIES:  King Salmon, Coho Salmon

REPORT:

Arrived in Valdez Friday 8/1 and fished the pinks running up by Allison Point. Used a standard vibrax setup and couldn't keep the pinks off! It was fun for my younger brother who was in town visiting.

Saturday 8/2 took the boat out into Prince William Sound. Coho Derby going on so fished hard for Silvers all day. Had a 3oz crippled herring lure on my line, started at the mouth of the Narrows and before I knew it, I hooked into a huge Coho! This was followed up shortly by a good size King! Really fun day with the family. Enjoy.


ANGLER:  This Butt's For You
TRIP DATE:  8/2
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Seward Day Harbor
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Wife and I took the niece-in-law to Seward on Friday night. We decided we're camping overnight to get an early start on Saturday. About 7AM, the nephew calls and says he's at Girdwood and is on his way. Nephew arrives around 8:30, and we head to boat launch around 9AM.

My wife says this is a first, leaving by 9AM. I say, "we've never left Anchorage by 9AM". Most Seward trips are day trips, and I'm lucky to leave Anchorage by noon. Typically, we're leaving the port by the time most charters are heading into town. That's not fun...hitting their wakes. It's like Dukes of Hazard in my small boat.

To the fishing report...we went to Day Harbor. We stop just after the turn near Barwell Island. We start fishing and land only 1 in an hour or so. Not Good...off to the next cove. There are a few more boats anchored near the entrance. I head to the other side, and drift. We're drifting into the cove. We get a few more over a couple of hours...averaging one an hour. Around 3-4 in the afternoon, things changed dramatically...it's fish on...average one every 10 minutes. We (4 of us) catch our limit.

Tried Rugged Island for Halibut but it was a skunk. Saw fish at 170 feet (depth around 380 feet) and was curious...so rigged a salmon rod and waited. Hooked another silver. That fish was lucky to be number 13.

If you have the time and patience or really good timing, the silvers are there.

ANGLER:  ReelTroutStudio
TRIP DATE:  8/2
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  JIM Creek
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT: Got a later start than planned - wound up at the water around 5:30am Started with Vibrax - we could see coho moving and a few hook ups. Saturday was nice weather and got warm fast - the hits on lures stopped. 8 year old nephew switched over to drifting eggs, and had the first silver in the box in no time!

I always say go with what's working - so I switched to eggs as well - and picked up a limit of nice silvers - one buck, one hen, in under 90 minutes. My brother missed a few before we decided to head home. Nice and close, road is bumpy getting in as always. I've enjoyed meeting anglers all over SouthCentral Alaska - all seem to be having a great experience, following the local rules and pleasant to fish around. Alaska's 'river etiquette' is different than other areas, as we all have to make the most of a short season and fish packed into accessible areas. Good to see folks having a good time.

This was my first trip back to Jim Creek since I last fished it was my late father back in 2003. Good memories, he loved fishing silvers!


ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  8/3
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Coho

REPORT:

Got to the water around 5 or so. Me and my friend were flipping pink egg sucking leeches to start and later switch to a green articulated egg sucking leech with great success early in the morning. Had 2 within 30min after losing 3 to poor hooksets. My friend managed to hook 1 by stripping in the fly but lost it. 5 casts later managed to get one the same way. Hooked and lost a few after that and then it slowed way down. Stopped fishing at 11:30 after only hooking 3 fish between 6 and 11:30.


ANGLER:  FLATLANDER
TRIP DATE:  9/1
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Willow Creek, Clear Creek (Parks Road)
SPECIES:  Rainbows, Dollies, Silvers

REPORT: For the past several years I've been coming up to Alaska chasing trout on the Peninsula after having drifted the Kenai and seeing what potential there is for a monster. Overlapping with Silvers in September only adds to the fun. This year I wanted to focus on the Matsu Valley and the Parks Road systems for a change in scenery. I haven't been up there since 1999 when the Talkeetna King Salmon run was awesome (65 pounder on the wall). I'm looking for suggestions on 2 of the more productive streams or creeks and would like to hire a guide for both, at least this year while on recon. Any input from you or your followers would be greatly appreciated, best website I've ever found. Thanks.

[AOJ: September will be getting kinda late for bright silvers in the Big Su drainage. Even the Deshka coho run is over by the end of August. Little Su extends into September but I don't have a good handle on run timing with only one previous year of tracking at this new weir location and last summer was very unusual. This year may be more typical. That said, many salmon will be entering spawning phase in the Parks streams and that means rainbows and char will be on the bite working the spawning riffles behind the salmon. The brightest salmon might be found further up the Susitna drainage. As far as picking the top 2, I'm definitely not the right person for that. Each stream has its own merits and potential and what I have seen over all these years from anglers fishing all of those streams is those who cover the most water have the most success. They will all contain rainbows but perhaps those streams with the largest salmon runs would provide you the best potential.]

ANGLER:  HuntinDawg907
TRIP DATE:  8/1
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  JIM Creek
SPECIES:  Reds/Silvers

REPORT: Took my two youngest boys out to Jim for the day. We soaked everything, flies, spinners, spoons, eggs... nothing all day. Snagged into a couple reds here and there but no legal hookups. Reds were being landed fairly regularly by the flippers. We saw just a handful of silvers landed. I'd say it's "in between". Reds are thinning out and silvers are starting to make an appearance. Of course we heard the stories of all the people who have been limiting on silvers every day... I didn't see it happening. Good luck everyone!

ANGLER:  Averee and Scotty
TRIP DATE:  8/2
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Willow Creek
SPECIES:  Bows

REPORT: Beautiful day to toss bead patterns and hit a couple bows. You had to go out and grind but the trout were in.

ANGLER:  Gone2vegas
TRIP DATE:  8/2
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Got there around 4pm and there were quite a few people fishing, mainly using bait. I decided to go with a #3 purple vibrax and within an hour had my limit with a couple nice bright ones. A little later things got interesting.



My stepdaughter yells out that the fish are swimming away! I guess the second one was more hardheaded than I thought and I didn't have my stringer secure enough on the shore. So embarrassing! Luckily a little boy snagged my stringer and both fish were still there. I was going to give them one of my fish as thanks, but they left and I missed them.

Just want to say thanks to all who contribute here. I've only been here since the end of April and these reports have been a great help. These were the first salmon I've ever caught.

Might give Campbell Creek a try tomorrow since that's walking distance from my house.


[AOJ: Congratulations on your first salmon. That is a memorable start. I can see how "secure" your stringer is in that one pic. HA. Be sure to read the regulations for fishing Campbell Creek. There are certain areas that are closed to fishing. See Page 37 of the Regs booklet and the map on that page. Good luck.]




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