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~KLONDIKE KID'S 7/23 WEDNESDAY MORNING NEWS~

9:30AM WEDNESDAY Morning NEWS:

As all those who follow KK's predications, forecasts, and speculations, hey even PREMONITIONS, I hit this one OUT OF THE BALLPARK. Back in June before there was even a single salmon yet in Fish Creek I was giving that fishery better than a 50/50 chance of busting the escapement goals and opening dipnetting on that stream. As fish started arriving I continued to keep you informed of how well the chances were becoming for this event to be announced. So HERE YOU GO! Enjoy your local dipnet CRAZY fishery. And please respect the PRIVATE PROPERTY in the area. READ the ADFG Announcement at this link that tells you WHEN and WHAT TIMES the fishery will be open. Good Luck.

~KK~ n AKJake


ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  11AM 7/22
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  KENAI RIVER DIPPING & SPORT
SPECIES:  SOCKEYE Status

REPORT: TUESDAY MORNING 11AM NEWS:

NO BEACH SITE SET NET FISHING ON TUESDAY! Except the Special harvest zone at Kasilof. Nets are drying from Ninilchik to Nikiski.

SONAR COUNTS:
Kasilof River on Monday was 17,000 even with the nets at the mouth of the river. Tuesday midnight to 7am count was 2100.
Kenai River on Monday was 64,000. TUESDAY midnight to 7am count was 16,000. Today was the first day I have seen JUMPERS in the frog water.

OTF INDEXES:
SOUTH Boat on Monday had a 76.
NORTH Boat on Monday had an 87.

NEWS: No significant numbers of fish are indicated along the entire stretch of beaches to warrant opening the set netters TODAY. That can change QUICKLY with some NASTY Marine Forecast coming up.

NOAA Marine weather is forecasting SW wind increasing to 20 knots in the afternoon. Diminishing to 10 knots after midnight. What this is going to do is push the offshore fish into the beaches. This may be the Trigger Point for dropping the nets as the weather is going to lay down after tonight for the next couple days. It also means that some portion of the Kenai run may overshoot the river and fill the North Kenai beaches too. SW winds blow FROM the SW so the direction is NorthEast into the beaches.

All active salmon run charts for Valley ('cept Lil Su coho) and the Peninsula are updated through MONDAY counts. Kenai River King salmon chart is updated through SUNDAY counts and the run still is projecting 1300 fish below minimum escapement goals not factoring in the 400+ sport caught harvest. What happened to the Management Plan protection? In 2012 the king run was 27% BIGGER to this date and the beach sites were shut down for the entire season.

BTW, Fish Creek is still projecting 83,000 from the counts in the stream through Monday. Still looking encouraging. :-)

The OTF Charts found on the Kenai River Sockeye run chart page are updated through Monday too.

9am Observations in my 2/3 Mile Zone. Good numbers of folks at Soldotna Park. No hook ups. The dozen across and down from me were fishing legal techniques and not hitting any either. HOWEVER, as mentioned this was the first day the fish have been jumping in the slack waters I monitor. So there were fish moving up the river this morning in better numbers than previously. And the 7am count was 16,000. Things should start to get steadier in fish movements as the big South Boat numbers are arriving at the river now.

Gotta run. Boat is ready. I'll catch up on fishing reports when I get back. Good Luck.

P.S. The GoPros are charging up. Maybe I'll get some footage today!

ANGLER:  Avsfan33
TRIP DATE:  7/21
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Creek - HOPE
SPECIES:  Pinks

REPORT: Took the beautiful drive from the valley to Hope today with my wife. Got to the river around 6 pm and there was plenty of room on the banks and people were hooking into fish all up and down the river. My wife and I must have caught about 25 in the three hours we fished. What a blast it was and these fresh pinks put up one hell of a fight! If you have kids that want to catch fish, this is a great place to teach them and get them hooked on fishing.

The only downer of the day here was that the shallows were littered with tons of carcasses and bits and pieces of fish from the cleaning table where people were just throwing them into the barely moving water. Very surprised to not see any bears on the creek with all that fish waste laying around. Chop and throw you carcasses into the swift moving water people! Thanks KK for all the work you put in for us anglers!

ANGLER:  Suzie Q
TRIP DATE:  7/21
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River - Sterling
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Jill and I decided to fish Morgan's Landing this evening after reading Gray Squirrel's report and it paid off. We both caught our limit in 45 minutes. Lots of fish moving thru. We got on the water at 8:45pm if that helps anyone.

ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  7/21
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai
SPECIES:  Reds??

REPORT: Fished Sunday from seven to midnight an occasional hook up now and then to say the least! Monday all day only a couple to show for it. Third trip down here past week and half no good fishing. Tired of hearing, yesterday was better than today! I should have known better counts haven't past 50,000 in a single day yet. I think I'm going to call it a season on reds. I can blow less money close to home and actually get into some fish! But when I get the itch I end up back on the highway heading back for another go at it! Plus I keep hearing any day slug will hit. I think dam drift fleet hammered the hell out of the "big slug". Only time will tell.

[AOJ: Well if its any consolation, I haven't even been dipping yet and have only put one sockeye on the bank so far. I usually don't fish unless its a 50K day and as you noted, we haven't had those yet.]

ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  7/21
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Fished from 4am to around 12ish with a fish or so on about every hour to every half hour. All in all hooked maybe 10 fish.. The 1 I did manage to land I had hooked in the back just minutes before! Managed to get him again on a krill killer. Was surprised to get him back in the mouth this time! A few other people were catching but it was pretty slow yet.. Another couple days and it should be loaded with silvers!

ANGLER:  Norton
TRIP DATE:  7/19
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth - South Beach
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Watch Out Folks, I was issued a ticket for failure to record fish on my permit while still on the beach. I had my fish, all 12 of them in a cooler, the trooper, Akelkok, said that because the fish were concealed from view I was in violation of not filling out permit, I was told to keep a running tally, hashmarks, on the card next to the date. I was issued the ticket at 2pm, even though I was not done dippnetting for the day.

[AOJ: That is unfortunate you encountered that surprise and pain. The regulations for the dipnet fishery have been the same for many years but the point you got your citation for is one many dippers overlook. Page 14 of the Regs Booklet. So if nothing else perhaps your report will make others aware of the "fine details" of the regulations. They have boldfaced and underlined all the requirements that dippers must comply with just to emphasize what we must do. Clipping tails immediately is one of them. And if you close the lid on your cooler and have not recorded those fish then that is a violation. This applies for BOATS too. If you have a garbage can or a cooler on your boat and you close the lid, you can be busted. Enforcement this year is at an all time high. They were even busting every boat that headed up river past the Warren Ames Bridge last week. Pulled them all over and almost every one got written up for NON RECORDING after leaving the fishery.

The rules to participate in the fishery are not too demanding yet I see the Wildlife Troopers Daily Police Blotter full of fishing and personal use dipnetting violations. There have been several tickets issued to dippers who got pulled over for vehicle stops and while the Troopers were checking them, they also checked their dipped fish and permit records if their gear showed they had been dipping. This has occurred in Sterling in several "speed traps" on the highway, in Anchorage and even in the Valley for a guy pulled over and cited for not recording. Troopers are authorized to issue F&G tickets too.

Failure to Record is $110. Dipping without a permit is $210. Retention of a Dolly Varden is $130. Retention of a King is $260. No permit on your possession is $210. And one that is nailing a fair number of beach dippers, fishing before the opening bell or after dipping has closed at 11pm. That one is $210 for that extra ten minutes.]

~KLONDIKE KID'S 7/21 MONDAY NOON NEWS~

MONDAY NOON LUNCH BREAK(ing) NEWS:

On the fishing front there are some very good indicators popping up. For those social media folks who don't know about the wealth of information over on the AOJ website, you are missing over half of the information to help you catch or harvest more fish. I am specifically referring to the DAILY SALMON RUN CHARTS. They are invaluable to see in real time exactly what the run has done to date, what the trend is, how well its doing compared to the long term average run and what to expect in future days. So you need to get up to speed on those. The home page has a QUICK CHART button with a drop down list for active runs being charted. I've got a few more to add to that list later today.

Let's start with FISH CREEK. My oh my as I predicted LONG before the first fish ever arrived in that creek, the run continues to meet my prophesy of coming in stronger than ADFG's pre-season forecast. The run is now 12% INRIVER. That is enough to post the theoretical run projection I calculate for many of the runs. Same equation ADFG will be using. As of the BIG count on Sunday, the run is currently projecting a 93,000 fish return. REALIZE that run projections are based on data up to THAT point. Every day's new count numbers will make the projection change some or a lot depending on how far out of the norm the count was. But as long as the daily counts continue to come in on the high side of the long term trend line, we are still on a path for exceeding the 50,000 run goal. If ADFG estimates the additional fish expected over the 50K mark is enough to open the dipnet fishery then they can announce that. Usually its only about a week long fishery. They won't open it for a few thousand overage. So keep your fingers crossed for a 20K bust over target and I think we are in. I was giving it over a 50/50 chance back in June.

LITTLE SU COHO: Coming in STRONG in comparison to the counts to date from last year. There should be some decent numbers throughout the stream now including the other salmon species too. I give this run a potential thumbs up for busting through the trend line with some nice numbers.

DESHKA RIVER COHO: A little bit of a slow start. We are in the 300 count range and should be in the 500 count range on this date. I'm a little surprised this is on the low side of the trend line based on the numbers of coho in Ship Creek and showing up Knik Arm. Oh BTW, Fish Creek coho took a nice jump in its daily silver count on Sunday too. So the Deshka is a big ?? for now. The upper Cook Inlet commfishers restricted to one net per beach site for the rest of July will help bolster salmon numbers in all streams in the Valley and Knik and TA as many won't be caught in those 3 fishing periods. R

USSIAN RIVER LATE RED RUN: Still early early for this run. The Kenai main stem sockeye run is mixed in with the 2nd Russian Run so the upper Kenai will have fish from both runs throughout the upper section once the fish start arriving in fishable numbers. There are some chromer scouts in the area but not really anything to fill the coolers with for now. Give the Upper Kenai at least another week, maybe longer. In the meantime, come on down to the lower Kenai from Sterling to the lower river for reds. Hit'em fresh out of the ocean.

KENAI SOCKEYE: We all know daily counts change, sometimes drastically from day to day. So I can guarantee you no matter how accurate I may be in my forecasts, predictions, and estimations, there are times when the TIMING of events may slide a day or two in either direction. And in magnitude too. A dozen variables. I do the best I can but don't blame me for any curve balls Mother Nature throws out there. The Big OTF numbers at Anchor Point will be arriving at the Kasilof and Kenai rivers ALL WEEK LONG. The general beach sites from Ninilchik to North Kenai have ONE 12 hr. period to fish this week. But the door is open for two 6 hr. tides in my estimation too. That could significantly increase the total harvest for those 12 hours. I don't think the beach site folks would complain about 2 short periods of fishing and the work it involves if it increases their harvest. But let's stick with the ONE SHOT and they are done. ALL remaining fish running the beaches will be on a free ride until the next commfish week resets the 12 hour clock on 0001 Sunday.

Realize that its NOT LIKELY they would announcement any beach site commfish period during a NIGHT tide. Too dangerous and tough to pick the nets and move gear in and out of the water in the dark. That's why I didn't expect a fishing period today. Tide timing during daylight hours was too close to morning news brief announcements. I'm thinking TUESDAY may be the day they Drop The Hammer on the beaches. OTFs in the North Boat test fishery are building over 100 now meaning there are fish scattered throughout the districts.

Sport fishing on the Kenai will only get better each day this week. With the occasional dead zones and maybe a noticeable drop in numbers from the one day of commfishing the beach nets.

Dipnetting will also benefit from the arrival of the big Anchor Point numbers. Harvest rates should be good for the boats but fish can move in schools or slugs so put your time in and you will hit the fish.

ALL ACTIVE SALMON RUNS CHARTS updated through SUNDAY counts. OTF charts both updated through Sunday index numbers. And there are always NEW fishing reports coming in and posted in the Private Anglers Report page you won't want to miss.

Got other fish to fry so I gotta run. Good Luck. ~KK~ n AKJake


ANGLER:  dirty north
TRIP DATE:  7/20
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  JIM Creek
SPECIES:  Reds and silvers

REPORT: Fish were moving around and saw two silvers caught. Me myself caught nothing but it was a beautiful night and had a good time all in all........ I have a ???? about Matanuska River is there any fish in the big thing. I would imagine that there is but just don't know its a huge and fast river and would be interested on any info I can get about it. Thanx tight lines and keep it legal.

[AOJ: Refer to PAGE 33 and 34 of the Regs Booklet for Matanuska River. It falls under the General Provisions for Bag limits and species in the Seasons and Limits section. Although the river is dirty, there are many tributaries to this drainage which may contain runs of salmon and/or some good trout or char fisheries. Nothing draining into the Matanuska is specifically mentioned like regs for the dozens of other streams in the Valley. Probably because any fisheries in this drainage receive minimal pressure from anglers and don't require restrictions. Perhaps there are some sleeper fisheries one might discover on a one or two day road trip up the highway stopping and sampling what might be present.]

ANGLER:  Gray Squirrel
TRIP DATE:  7/21
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River - Sterling
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: After reading the good reports last night, I fished the Sterling area at 10:00AM and the fish were in pretty good. I fished for 2.5 hours and hooked quite a few and limited out. The fish were coming in waves but with good information, it makes fishing much more fun.

[AOJ: Well that good information is only as "good" as the fish are going to allow. They are always trying to throw us off balance to prevent their early demise! Fortunately when you have tens of thousands every day not all of them are on the same page. Yum.]

ANGLER:  Hockey_28
TRIP DATE:  7/20
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Jim Creek (19th) Little Willow (20th)
SPECIES:  Anything with fins

REPORT: Well, it was tough weekend to be a Valley salmon fisherman. Saturday morning, the 19th, a friend and I headed out to Jim Creek. Arrived at 6:30am and fished until around 8:30. The water was as high as I have ever seen it. In approximately 2 hours we saw one fish caught, and 2 or 3 fish break the surface. I had one strike but no other action.

Sunday, the 20th, two friends and I floated the Little Willow. The water was high and murky from the two previous days of rain making for spotty fishing. Between the three of us we lost one silver and saw several rollers and that was it. Regardless of the water conditions, we saw a lot fewer fish than I expected. Normally at this time of year, there are large schools of pinks already holding throughout the creek along with a decent number of chums. We did have clear blue skies by late morning however, which made it an awesome day. I predict fishing throughout the valley to pick up this week as the waters go down.

[AOJ: The commercial Cook Inlet harvest Numbers thru July 18: Sockeye 1,662,223. Coho 27,033. Pinks 186,699. Chums 73,003. So there are some fish in the system moving up the Inlet.]

ANGLER:  Fishdoc
TRIP DATE:  7/19
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Above Dot's on the Kenai
SPECIES:  Trout

REPORT: With an easy limit of reds out of the way I could spend plenty of time fly fishing for trout, which is really my passion anyway. Taking advantage of all the salmon carcasses in the river, flesh fly's and beads worked extremely well. I like to fish below cleaning stations and gravel bars where lot's of people are cleaning fish and throwing them in the river.

Fishdoc


ANGLER:  Cmotz82
TRIP DATE:  7/19
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth - North Beach
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Dipped Saturday Morning high tide, north beach. 7 reds with my 1 net in about 3 hours. Dipped Sunday Noon High Tide, south beach. 14 reds with 1 net was out there about 3.5-4 hours.

It was really good dipping Sunday. I think everyone around me pulled a minimum of 10+ reds per net. Need to get the rest of the family to go down with me and we could've walked out with our full limit of 65 on that Sunday tide alone.

Just wanted to say, that everyone that dipped both days were super nice and it was great to have conversations with them the whole day. It made being wet and miserable a bit more bearable.

Enjoy the work that goes into AOJ and it's the best fishing site around. Thanks.

ANGLER:  salmon chaser
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Cook Inlet
SPECIES:  Salmon & Halibut

REPORT: I just returned from a one week trip to the Kenai.
It was a fun trip and we caught fish but I had a bad experience with the Charters that I thought should be passed on. I apologize for the length of this.

First I booked a Halibut trip with Chihuley back in March for a July trip. I gave them my name and phone number, number of people and date. They said fine my trip was booked. Well I called the week before the trip to confirm and they played dumb and said they had no such booking.

I knew it is a busy time time but I started making calls around Anchor Point and Homer looking for a charter for the one day we had. Finally ended up with Captin Norm on the Sea Otter out of Homer for a Halibut/ King combo. I thought that would be fine.

I have fished all my life and been on dozens of charters all over the world but fishing with Captain Norm was the worst experience I have ever had. First Norm bragged about how many fish they had caught the day before but then complained that his guests didn't know what they were doing and "they had lost" a lot of hook ups that should have been caught.

After we caught limits of chicken Halibut just above and below the cutoff size we went to trolling with downriggers for Kings. When ever the clip tripped if a fish was not on the line the customer had "lost the fish". We had either reeled too slow, too fast, jerked the line, set the hook to hard, set the hook to soft. Norm would bad mouth the unlucky person who had been holding the rod to all the other guests. I always thought fishing was supposed to be fun. It was not fun with Captain Norm.

Anyway at 2pm sharp Captain Norm had the lines pulled in and we were headed back to Homer with our limit of small Halibut and 3 kings. I was told the bar at the Elks lodge opens at 4pm and Norm hates to miss the opener. Some of the customers had to stand on the back deck since there was not enough room in the small cabin. When Norm junior came in to get chairs for these folks Captian Norm said "make them sit on the coolers". Norm junior is captain Norm's son and smartly ignored his father and brought out the chairs.

The final incident was when I requested to skin the fish we had caught. I know this is not the best thing to do if you are going to grill fish but when you are paying $10/lb to ship fish there is some sense to it. Captian Norm told me it was a bad idea "all the good oil is in the skin" "the fish will fall apart" "we dont skin fish". I said that is fine but would you please do the Halibut so I can save a few bucks on the shipping. At this point the nutless wonder Captain Norm got on the phone to the booking agent. I did not listen to the call but when he hung up he told me that he was not obligiated to skin the fish and was not going to do it. Fine I said, just fillet them.

So if you don't mind second hand cigerette smoke, you like to be ridiculed, you dont mind siting on a slimey bait cooler, and you are fine with a fish filleted the way Norm wants it done go ahead and book with Captain Norm on the Sea Otter.

In parting I would like to mention that I just typed Asshole into Wikepedia and Captain Norm's picture came up.

[AOJ: Hmm, yes there are times when some visiting folks get a raw deal. The thing with Chihuleys may well have been a failure of them to take your down payment reservation money. That reserves your seat. And is proof too that you have put money up front to secure your date. Most charters require a deposit. You didn't mention that so perhaps that is where things fell apart.

As far as the experience you had with the charter you ended up on I can't say since I wasn't there. As they say, always two sides to the story. But it sounds like things were not at an acceptable level for an Alaskan saltwater charter trip. You might check their website to see if they have Trip Advisor on it and use that as another approach.]


ANGLER:  Barry B Andrew B
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai River
SPECIES:  Kings

REPORT: Caught the last day of King fishing on the kenai Friday. Hooked up with 3 Kings and landed 2 keepers 32 and 18 lbs. Other one dropped off @ the boat. Also caught a nice red during our journey down the river. Its too bad they put a close to recreational anglers. That's such a small part of the harvest.

{AOJ: One of the lucky ones! From a technical and biological perspective the fishery should actually be closed down. The run projection is significantly below the minimum escapement goal by thousands and is THE WORST July King return on record in 29 years. It makes no sense. This was a 50,000 fish run at one time and the counts to the end of last week are in the 3000 range. And when the Beach Sites fished on JULY 17th they harvested 306 kings that day which if destined for the Kenai was nearly 10% of the entire run in the river to date. ?? Something really smells FISHY! ]

ANGLER:  Geesing
TRIP DATE:  7/20
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mile 35
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Tried fishing all day off and on testing the water for the elusive and sometimes confusing prediction of the reds showing up at our place on the river!....only two in two days fishing on the 19th and the 20th!! We are patiently waiting on the fish to arrive. Hopefully the 21st will be that day!! BTW can you comment on on how fast the fish travel per day or per hour.....2 miles per hour seems really fast!!

[AOJ: I've been dipping when the river counts were dead up to that point. Then a major slug hits the river mouth by mid afternoon and they got counted at RiverMile 19 sonar by midnight. Anything coming in after say 4pm ends up on the next day's counts even though everyone was slamming them on the beaches and boats down in tidewater the day before.

On average a slug passing through Soldotna in the morning will be moving into the Sterling zone sometime the next day. 2mph may seem fast but when you can track a major school hitting the river under the above conditions there is little doubt these fish are moving. You have ONE CAST per fish going by if you are fishing a riffle run. When the Kenai hit 48 inches of visibility one summer I could see the schools swimming by me and would holler to my Dad and step mom "Get Ready here comes another batch."

I'm just about ready to go down and get my readings. And now that the fish are in I'll be packing the fly rod -- just in case things look interesting.]

~KLONDIKE KID'S 7/21 MONDAY MORNING NEWS~

9:30AM MONDAY MORNING

GOOD MORNING ALASKA~!

You will recognize BITS of this write up as similar or the same wording as my Sunday Morning post. That is because ADFG Commfish continues to be in a holding pattern. So READ ON! NOTE that this post won't stay PINNED long before it floats down the page. I have more breaking news in a following post.

1) NO Beach Site Set Net Fishing On MONDAY (so far and not likely today due to the next tide being in the DARK): Although there are large numbers of sockeye in the Kasilof and Kenai river offshore areas, the abundance and distribution for PACKING ALL BEACHES from Ninilchik to North Kenai to catch the maximum harvest in the 12 hours ADFG Commfish has for this week is NOT at that level yet.

This means all day MONDAY the beach-running salmon and those offshore schools which can dodge the drifters will have a free-run to the Kenai River mouth. There are MORE fish out there now. Just not enough to make blowing your 12 hours of commercial beach fishing shot at this time. THAT DAY IS COMING SOON. Beach Sites are continuously reporting what their concentrations of sockeye are along their own stretch of beach. Beaches ARE loading up. But so will both rivers as long as the nets are drying.

We have literally a full week of very high OTF Indexes at Anchor Point all moving NORTH to our rivers and some to the Valley fisheries too. That means with the pulse of sockeye into the Kenai River that began this weekend in spurts and shots and pockets of fish, it will evolve into a much steadier passage of fish into both rivers. SUNDAY was the first day the South Boat OTF dropped. But on the other side of the coin, it is now the NORTH Boat OTF Index that is "lighting up" with numbers to smile about. Heck maybe even cheer about if its been a tough season for you up to now. All will change. Its going through its metamorphosis as I speak.

2) The DRIFT Fleet is fishing their normal scheduled MONDAY from 7am to 7pm and the nets at the mouth of the Kasilof River in the Special Harvest Zone are also fishing trying to thin down those numbers but the are still letting a lot of fish into the river none-the-less. NO general Beach Site nets fishing on Monday.

3) OTF INDEXES: SOUTH Boat @ Anchor Point: SATURDAY index was 190 and SUNDAY index came in at 40. Indicator = A gap in fish concentrations may be apparent. But still much of the sockeye run remaining to enter Cook Inlet. NORTH Boat @ Kasilof/Kenai lines: SATURDAY the boat did not fish due to weather. SUNDAY OTF lit up to 120. With an 87 OTF on Friday we can "speculate" that the non-fished Saturday index was somewhere inbetween.

4) SONAR COUNTS:
KASILOF RIVER: SUNDAY sockeye count ended the night at 9800. The MONDAY morning 7AM sonar count was already at 4400.

KENAI RIVER: SUNDAY sockeye count ended up at 34,000. MONDAY morning 7AM sonar count was at 14,000 already. This may be a day in the 40,000 and higher category by midnight. I suspect we could break 50K today based on its time the run starts hitting those numbers, especially with the North Boat OTF over 100 now.

5) MARINE FORECAST: BEAUTIFUL WEATHER. NOAA saying Sunshine. Light winds, light seas, no rain. Bring your suntan lotion as you are going to get fried!

6) As a reminder, ADFG Commfish will be recalculating the expected total Kenai River sockeye run very soon. If this number stays on their initial projection things will stay the same. If the new number exceeds the upper range of return size, it goes to a new level in the Management Plan. ** I'm not seeing much chance of busting the 4.6 million return estimate but a lot is still undetermined with what lies further south beyond the test boat at this time.

7) SALMON RUN CHARTS: I'll get to them soon. You have the Kenai and Kasilof numbers above. With NORTHERN District beach sites commfishing restricted to one net for each of their remaining fishing periods in July (3 I think) this should equate to a bonus of fish getting up into the Valley, Knik and TA. Watch that FISH CREEK chart.

8) I fished a short while last night with my glowing Kenai Krill Killer. First time for that "model." I was pleased. Every time you try something brand new, as in a glowing fly, you are thinking "Boy it sure would be nice to catch a fish on the FIRST CAST." I damn near had that come true as you see in the photos for the 2nd and 3rd cast. I had that same experience happen when an old man gave me a Wooley Worm to try for Steelhead on the Klamath River when I was in college. Only THAT TIME it was a 5 pound steelie on the FIRST cast. I was beaming!! So was the old man when I told him his fly was "the ticket." He had tied up hundreds of these because his eyes were failing and he wanted a lifetime supply to hold him over. That was like YESTERDAY!

This week will be getting better and better numbers of fish into the Kenai River as well as good amounts slipping into the Kasilof. RUSSIAN RIVER and Upper Kenai have had a few bright chrome scouts in the area for a number of days and that should progress into the upper Kenai filling with its own sockeye as well as Russian Sockeye. Its not worth spending fishing time in the Upper Kenai yet if you want to fill the cooler.

With no beach site fishing today in the general districts and calm SUNNY weather, it can only continue to improve for the non-commercial user groups. Be Safe, Drive Safe, Wear your PFD in the dipper boats at all times. Good Luck! ~KK~ n AKJake


ANGLER:  COtroutSlayer
TRIP DATE:  7/20
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River - Soldotna
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT:

9 pm in Soldotna just upstream of the bridge at River Terrace, huge pulse of fish coming through. Got my 2nd and 3rd in 15 minutes and other people were getting limits in 30 minutes. It's on!

Thanks again for all that you do. And extra thanks for your advice on the Kenai Krill Killers! These are the first flies I've tied and they're working great. Nice to try something for the first time and have nothing but success! All hooks in the mouth.
Cheers-

[AOJ: Dang, that fly looks like the one I put on tonight only mine was the glow model version with gold eyes and 3D prismatic eyeballs. See my Facebook page post of how that glowing Kenai Krill Killer performed in just a few casts. Had to come up here to the computer to post to FB and a bunch of fishing reports were waiting so I guess I'm done for the night since its 1:30am already. BIG DAY on MONDAY. Lots of fish for everyone!]


ANGLER:  Seabass_Seeker
TRIP DATE:  7/19
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Homer Spit Lagoon
SPECIES:  Silvers and Kings

REPORT: Ms. Anchovy and I took my little cousins camping for the weekend. We arrived late on Friday night but the kids wanted to try fishing the lagoon. For whatever reason the bite was dead. I was one of two people who caught anything. Mine ended up being a dark king but because he had swallowed the eggs deep I figured we'd keep him for the smoker. I also lost a nice silver, darn barbless hooks.

On 7/20 I awoke at 4:30am to light rain. Seeing as the kids didn't want to wake up I braved the incoming tide alone. There were very few anglers due to the cold and wet conditions. Once the water began trickling in the bite snapped on. I had switched to herring and in all honesty it didn't seem to matter, the silvers were nuts. For a solid 15-20 minute window I got bit on every cast. I ended up with 4 big silvers and losing 1 fish. Most guys who had done this before had 2-3 fish apiece.

Realizing I had no more freezer space at home, I opted not to return on the outgoing tide later which also seemed to be just as productive. Instead we took the kids to Lands End and let them fish for pollock and flounder. Another great weekend, I'm just sad that my one year up here is up and that I'll be moving back to California shortly. It was a great last trip! I'll find a way to sneak back up here in the summers though so I'll be needing this site for years to come. Enjoy!

[AOJ: Alaska is only 4 1/2 hrs from CA. Save up your miles!!]


ANGLER:  fishak
TRIP DATE:  7/20
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Went out today at about 2, fished until 7 with one hit. At 7 it got pretty good and between the two of us got 6 in an hour. Hope the run hits soon!
~tight lines


ANGLER:  Steelheadkidak
TRIP DATE:  7/20
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Fished Swiftwater from 8 to 1pm and hooked a dolly in the tail. Same story on both sides of the river. Maybe 1 hook-up per 250 people per 30 minutes. Maybe it's changed since then, I don't know. There's just so many things to be disappointed about this year. Abismal king runs, seemingly in the verge of extinction, gill netting IN the mouth of the Kasilof River, no clams, massive over abuse of personal use, rampant snaggers, leaving the beautiful Kenai river lined with beer cans, water bottles and fishing line, non stop openers for Commercial drifters, biologists basing management decisions on what will bring in the most cash v what's in the best interests of the fish. I was quietly fishing a rather boring stretch of river today, around a large sweeper so as not to be bothered and a few dudes came down and proceeded to step into the river 5 feet out and 5 feet down from me. Have at it folks, rape and pillage and maybe just burn it down on your way out. So sad.

[AOJ: Oh come on now. You'll get over it. Sunday night before sundown the river in Soldotna started heating up. And its only going to get better and better this week. Tower Rock Lodge said their novice sockeye fishing guests were limiting in 2 hours down at the Pillars where their lodge is located. Those are the fish pulsing the river mouth on and off all day. Give it another shot and that first limit on your stringer will cheer you right up. I've lived up here 44 winters now...temporarily. From the first year here I was determined to move to someplace else when I found somewhere better. :-)

P.S. See my Facebook page post of the 3 fish I got tonight in 40 minutes on a glowing variety of the Kenai Krill Killer.]

ANGLER:  CDolling24
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Finger Lake
SPECIES:  Char

REPORT: Went to Finger and caught one of the nicest chars I've ever seen come from that lake. Beautiful day with a beautiful fish. Took a pic and let him get bigger. Didn't pull a tape on it but the pic says it all! Thanks for the time put in this site AOJ.

[AOJ: Ah that's a dandy. Finger has some fine trout in it too. Scroll down a few reports to see Donavan's lunker rainbow from that lake on Saturday.]

ANGLER:  King_salmon
TRIP DATE:  7/20
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Fished lower Kenai starting about noon today, fishing was fair to begin and picked up becoming very good during the afternoon. It is the first day this season where we caught and released fish. Taught several inexperienced fishermen how we were catching fish after fish.

It was rewarding to see everyone around us catching fish...sorry Klondike Kid my green yarn works great and I hook 80% of the fish in the mouth. Centennial campground should be hot tomorrow.

[AOJ: Ah yes, while you are wasting precious fishing time fighting every 5th hookup that is a snagged fish, I get 95% of mine in the mouth (19 out of 20). :-) So its all about efficiency and conservation of energy. HA. Especially at my age.

See my Facebook page post of the 3 fish I caught on the Krill Killer (glow model) tonight in just a few minutes on the 2nd, 3rd, and 25th casts.

BTW, sockeye are traveling 2 miles per hour. Those fish you were hitting down low will be at Morgans to Sterling by breakfast time. But plenty of replacements coming in behind them.]

~KLONDIKE KID'S 7/20 SUNDAY MORNING NEWS~

10AM SUNDAY MORNING WAKE UP CALL: GOOD MORNING ALASKA!

1) NO Beach Site Set Net Fishing On SUNDAY: Although there are large numbers of sockeye in the Kasilof and Kenai river offshore areas, the abundance and distribution for PACKING ALL BEACHES from Ninilchik to North Kenai to catch the maximum harvest in the 12 hours ADFG Commfish has for this week is NOT at that level yet. This means all day Sunday the beach-running salmon and those offshore schools which can dodge the drifters will have a free-run to the Kenai River mouth. There ARE fish out there. Just not enough to make blowing your 12 hours of commercial beach fishing shot at this time.

Large numbers of sockeye ARE enroute to Kasilof and Kenai rivers. That is apparent from the continuous day after day strong OTF numbers from Anchor Point. And that trend CONTiNUES through Saturday's South Boat test fishing. I expect MAYBE a momentary lull in fish numbers into the Kenai as the 18 OTF void arrives. But weather and water conditions may have filled that "emptiness" with fish from the following day during the course of their migration where it may not be even noticeable. Once the slug hits the rivers its going to be non-stop fish moving into both rivers even when the Drifters are fishing. The 12 hours of beach net time this week through Saturday (remember there is also the 36 hr. mandatory closure window in our favor too on Friday) will not have any appreciable impact on what you will see moving into the rivers. Its going to be a GOOD WEEK of CATCH UP~!

2) DRIFT Fleet is fishing Sunday from 8am to 8pm and the nets at the mouth of the Kasilof River are fishing today in the KRSHA zone. NO general Beach Site nets fishing Sunday.

3) OTF INDEXES:
SOUTH Boat @ Anchor Point: Friday index was 215 and SATURDAY index came in at 190. Indicator = continued large concentrations of reds moving up the Inlet back to back.
NORTH Boat @ Kasilof/Kenai lines: Friday index was 87. Saturday the boat did not fish due to rough seas.

SONAR SOCKEYE COUNTS:
KASILOF RIVER: Saturday sockeye count ended the night at 10,400 fish EVEN with the nets fishing in the harvest zone at the mouth. Big schools hitting the river. Only 70K from busting the upper 390,000 escapement limit.
KENAI RIVER: Saturday sockeye count ended up at a dismal 17,000. I have no 7am fish count today. But the salmon hitting the Kenai mouth on last night's tide should be arriving sometime this morning in the Soldotna area. Perhaps around noon. Sorry, they turned off their cell phones so I have no direct link with them this morning.

At 7am Sunday morning anglers at Swiftwater could see the anglers on the south bank of the river at Airport Hole "Doing really well." That was from a trusted observer. So some fish at the front end are already in town. Probably the initial spurts of fish the beach dippers encountered yesterday early in the evening and then it got steady. The river will see the same events.

MARINE FORECAST:
Calls for LIGHT & VARIABLE winds through Thursday. I don't see any rain in the forecast either. That should make for comfortable dipnetting on the beaches with a set of moderate tides. Realize that when you have those nasty shore break wave days, its pushing fish towards the river. So I know you get beat up but it is in our favor. EXCEPT with rough shallow waters the fish are going to move to the center of the Channel and on those days the boat dippers usually are the biggest winners.

6) As a reminder, ADFG Commfish will be recalculating the expected total Kenai River sockeye run very soon. If this number stays on their initial projection things will stay the same. If the new number exceeds the upper range of return size, it goes to a new level in the Management Plan.

7) SALMON RUN CHARTS: I updated everything last night through Friday counts. I'll get the Saturday numbers on the charts later this morning. FISH Creek is still looking strong on the 5% inriver projection. But that is too early to put any money on it so it will be a little while longer before I post a projection for run size. Keep your fingers crossed. With the NORTHERN DISTRICT Set Netters now reduced to ONE net per beach site to bolster Susitna bound sockeye, FISH Creek is going to capitalize on THAT TOO! An unexpected extra bonus supporting my suspicions that the creek just might have a strong enough run to trigger a dipnet opener. I'd say if 25,000 fish show up this coming week we gotta good chance.

8) 10AM Sunday in my "2/3 Mile Zone" of the river. No Jumpers in the frog water. Still have not seen a single jumper this season. Modest numbers of anglers at Soldotna Creek Park. Still fishing spots open. Remainder of my stretch had only a handful of folks along the banks. And I didn't see any hookups while getting my river readings. BTW, visibility in the Kenai is 31 inches but the temp dropped to 50°F this morning. I've never seen the river temperature this consistent from day to day all summer long. Extremely unusual in the 15+ years I've been recording it.

There are NO seagulls flying and diving for upturned fish scraps in the river currents. An indication that no one is cleaning any fish upstream of AOJ HQ at 10am. You may laugh, but I can look out the window and by the number of seagulls circling and working my stretch of the river tell you accurately just how HOT or NOT the fishing is. Been on this riverbank for 34 sockeye runs now. And the birds don't lie.

With no beach site fishing today in the general districts and calm SUNNY weather, it can only continue to improve for the non-commercial user groups. Be Safe, Drive Safe, Wear your PFD in the dipper boats at all times. Good Luck!


ANGLER:  Tap915
TRIP DATE:  7/19
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers/Pinks

REPORT: All this week I've been going to Ship Creek and always going home with fish on the stringer. I took a friend that wanted to fish because she has never done it before. I showed her how to flip and a basic set up. I must say she was a quick learner but she did have trouble at times crossing lines and all. We hit the out going tide and got to the spot where I know the fish are in. Right off the bat I started hooking fish what a rush. My friend also had some hook ups but couldn't manage to set the hook when her line tightened up.

She got so excited when she would finally set the hook and feel the fight at the end of her line. Through out the day it would slow down and then an hour would pass and bam fish on! I gotta say my hand arm and bicep are still sore from fishing and catching fish all this week. We both had a good time for I think she finally saw the passion I have for fishing and how much fun it is. Patience is a venture when it comes to fishing. Just because your not catching doesn't mean there are no fish. It's all about technique and finding the right hole. Tight lines everyone:)


ANGLER:  DMC
TRIP DATE:  7/20
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai Big Eddy
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Fished Big Eddy 5 AM fished till 11:00 AM Very slow. I saw six fish caught and I caught two. The push of fish it is still at the mouth. Perhaps the afternoon high tide will push fish up but I have to head back to Los Anchorage.

ANGLER:  Jake88
TRIP DATE:  7/19
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Finger Lake
SPECIES:  Rainbow Trout

REPORT: With all the mayhem down on the Peninsula I thought it would be nice to hit the lake for a change. Took my son out for his annual father-son birthday trip. We had a very slow day. Trolled for hours and not so much as a hit. We talked about packing it up and he decided to pass through our "secret" spot one last time. Good call because he nailed this 25 inch monster not 30 seconds after casting his trolling lure behind the boat! What a way to end the day.

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  2AM SUNDAY 7/20
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth
SPECIES:  Sockeye Surge

REPORT:


Yes Toto, we are back in Kansas and the sun is shining and there is No Place Like Home.

Grab your dipnets, grab your rod and a handful of flies, the run has begun. There may be a slight "lag" in the fish pulse hitting the river because of the low OTF that followed the 240 school but if it even is noticeable it will only be a brief "lull" in the action. After that it will be nothing but bigger numbers each day during this coming week.

Saturday evening's high tide (11pm) brought spurts of fish late in the day and into the evening with stronger numbers hitting the river as the tide was going full. Dipping was good right up to the closing bell. These fish should be filling the void in Soldotna sometime Sunday morning. If they aren't there when you are fishing, just wait them out as they ARE on the way.

Daily sockeye numbers entering the Kenai River should grow every day during this next week as those big Anchor Point OTF numbers make it to the river.

BE SAFE. DRIVE SAFE. WEAR YOUR PFDs at all times.

~KK~ n AKJake


ANGLER:  CrazyAKmom
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai Beach - North Shore Dipnetting
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: We went down for the week hoping to avoid the weekend crowds. I don't think that worked, as actually last Sunday and this Friday were the least busy days on the beach and the middle of the week was just crazy busy. We dipnetted the North shore of the Kasilof Sun. night, Monday, and Tuesday. There were short bursts of action, but overall very slow. We were either in the wrong place or just chose the wrong times of day. It is funny, because I talked to a friend who was on the South shore at the same time and she had some hot streaks when we were totally dead. The other funny thing is that our hot bursts happened at totally different times in the tide cycle every day. So it's not like you can totally figure the fish out!

Dipnetted the North shore of the Kenai on Friday. Had a lot of action from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. (a couple of hours before high tide, if I remember right) and then it was dead until afternoon. We had another short burst of action for about a half hour right after low tide. We were hitting pinks as well as reds and I saw one guy get (and release)a king. We left about 6 p.m. cause the kids were tired and hungry, but it sounds like it may have picked up in the evening. We ended up with 8 reds and 3 pinks for the day. Kept the pinks to smoke because we are not near our limit. Not spectacular, but I really can't complain. We got some fish and the weather was gorgeous all week long!

A couple of observations: We usually dip the Kasilof because it is usually less busy than Kenai and less of a current for kids. But this year we thought that the Kasilof was crazier than the Kenai. We were literally pushed out a couple of times at the Kasilof but had plenty of room at the Kenai. I know a lot of people complain about the parking fee at the Kenai, but after seeing the parking fiasco this week at the Kasilof, I am not sure that a fee is such a bad idea. At least it keeps people from parking their 4-wheelers or trucks in places that block others or that take up several parking spots. I was initially cranky after paying the parking fee at the Kenai and then not finding a spot in even the overflow lot and having to park a mile away anyway. But then I thought about how they use that money to direct the drop-off and pick up traffic and service the toilets and I decided that I still got my money's worth of services out of the deal. They have raised the price, but they also changed the hours to a full 24-hr day - so I think it is a good trade off.

Thank you for all you do. We sure missed you this week when we were camping and did not have internet to check out your postings every day!

[AOJ: Indeed you did miss a lot of information. But the bottom line is you got more enjoyment out of your week than those of us that were sitting on the branches like vultures waiting for the time we will participate. It won't be long now. Sunday dawns a new opportunity I think.]

ANGLER:  The Dude
TRIP DATE:  7/19
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai
SPECIES:  I guess Reds

REPORT: Fished Swiftwater from 0500 to around 10. Had one hook up and saw several caught early on but it died quickly. Just called a buddy about 30 min ago (5 pm) at Swiftwater and he had fished 2 hours and did not bump a fish.

Any day now...

[AOJ: Should be some fish in town sometime on Sunday morning!]

ANGLER:  Vi4Kings
TRIP DATE:  7/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Dipping Reds
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: A neighbor and I took our boats out to hit the incoming morning tide on the 16th which has been the peak day of the red run for the last two years. Dipping was slow as we hit 24 in my boat and 13 in the other for four hours of dipping. Launching was easy at Eagle Rock at 5:30 AM but taking out was a zoo as we came back in at noon and the place was packed to the hilt.

Went out again on the 17th, thinking the run was going to hit and again we were disappointed. We did hit a nice mess of fish about an hour before high tide up until high tide and then there was nothing. We bagged 55 in my boat and my neighbor got another 33 in his boat so we have enough to get us through the winter for eight families. We probably would like to make one more run if the numbers increase significantly but then we have lots of processing to do yet so maybe we will supplement with some silvers next month.

Only one day of king fishing this year on opening day and we never saw a fish caught so I think king fishing is out for us for a few years. Too bad such a wonderful fishery has been over fished and wiped out along with the king crab in Homer and the halibut in all of south central Alaska. Will we learn when to turn off the fishing before we wipe them all out?? Guess it is time to start planning on dipping pinks!

ANGLER:  sm96744
TRIP DATE:  7/19
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER: 
SPECIES:  Lost and Found

REPORT: Please label all your gear with name & cell phone #. If you forget it or lose it

someone may call. Stan :)

ANGLER:  Fishonbruceak
TRIP DATE:  7/19
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River near Sterling
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Fished yesterday evening for a few hours. Got a limit but only through suffering a lot of slow times. Fishin today, the 19th, and it has been dead slow all day. In the group of about 10 fishing only two reds caught and those were early on the day. Big hole in the river right now.

[AOJ: That hole is filling up on the night's tide. :-)]

~KLONDIKE KID'S 7/19 SATURDAY MORNING NEW NEWS~

10AM SATURDAY MORNING WAKE UP CALL: GOOD MORNING ALASKA!

Starting with the most important item: ADFG Commfish will NOT be fishing the Beach Site Set Nets TODAY, Saturday. The Kasilof River Special Harvest Area (KRSHA from now on) will be fishing today at the river mouth until 11pm tonight. The DRIFT Fleet is also fishing Saturday in the expanded Kasilof/Kenai Corridor from 7am to 7pm but won't be fishing Area 1 which means Northbound salmon heading for Upper Cook Inlet will be getting some relief from the nets today. Git along little doggies, the wolves are right behind you!

SONAR SOCKEYE COUNTS:
KASILOF River count for FRIDAY was 18,700.
KENAI River count for FRIDAY was 39,000. Damn, missed it by 1000. :-) The Midnight to 7AM SATURDAY count was ONLY 3300. Go back to bed!

OTF INDEXES:
SOUTH Boat on FRIDAY = 215 with all stations fished.
NORTH Boat on FRIDAY = 88 with all stations fished. This snap shot indicated that late yesterday the offshore fish were relatively evenly spread out between the Kasilof test fish line and the Kenai test fish line. But realize that fish caught in the Kasilof line may be heading for the Kenai and not Kasilof. When the numbers break out for the Kenai test fish line you can figure those fish are definitely heading to the Kenai specifically. I'll let you know when the Kenai line "lights up" with fish.

Please remember, one group of fish, like the 240 school from last week, has been hammered by the Drift Fleet every day that they have been able to fish. With low OTF indexes both in front and behind that big test day, the impacts of fish numbers finally REACHING the Kenai may be minimized. It happened last year when the Drifters caught hundreds of thousands of reds in two days in an offshore school that just would NOT come into the river. The Good News is there is a very steady pulse of fish established behind that 240 number. Its called The Salmon Run. :-)

MARINE CONDITIONS:
Anchor Point Small Craft Advisory with SW winds to 25 knots and seas to 5 feet. Maybe that will drive the fish under the Drift nets. Tonight and into Sunday the winds shift out of the West at 30 knots and seas to 8 feet. ROUGH SEAS make catching salmon in a drift net much tougher. A Plus for us. Winds calm down Sunday afternoon.

North of Kalgin Island: (our area) Wind out of the South at 15 knots laying down some in the afternoon. This may present some Surf Break on the dippers today. South wind also pushes the salmon PAST the river mouth and they end up doubling back and arrive coming from the North Beach direction. Saturday night the wind shifts out of the WEST so there will be flat seas along the Kenai beaches. Sunday the wind lays down out of the NW for minimal beach wave action. As always that is the MARINE NOAA Forecast which is subject to change, LIKE THE WEATHER. HA. But those guys are pretty good at it.

AT THIS TIME: We are still in the Kenai Sockeye Management Plan level of 12 Hours MAXIMUM per week for the General Kasilof and Kenai District set nets with the exception of the KRSHA nets at the mouth of the Kasilof and the Drift Fleet. SUNDAY resets the week and the Hours Bank. With no fishing Saturday that means the beach sites have either one 12 hour shot at this week's fish or maybe two 6 hour periods. The rest of the beach-running fish are YOURS!

Lastly, watch out for any news on the ADFG Commfish Final Calculation and Estimate of Total Kenai Sockeye Run Projection. If we cross the line into the next higher level, many factors change. See discussion in the 3AM news. Still so many variables yet to sort themselves out. As you can see, its a complicated year for everyone!

Good Luck, Good Dipping, Good Fishing, and WEAR YOUR PFD at all times when in the boat. Drive Safe.


ANGLER:  Rick G
TRIP DATE:  7/19
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Went down to the Tailrace this am for some action. I fished for about 3 hours.

I saw 2 fish roll and 3 landed. It wasn't packed with people but, those that were fishing were considerate. I'll keep posting on Valley streams. I'm switching gears and going North for some Bow action.

[AOJ: Be sure to check this week's ADFG Matsu Valley Weekly Fishing Report to see where chums and pinks and perhaps a silver or two are beginning to in the Parks streams.]

ANGLER:  Phil
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai - Swiftwater
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Fished for reds at Swiftwater Park in the morning. "Slow fishing" is being kind. Saw fewer that a half dozen caught by the crowded shore anglers. No fish!! Drove north to the Russian and fished at the confluence for a few more hours. Saw perhaps another 8-10 caught there. No fish for us again. Did catch and released a nice 24-26 inch 'bow.

[AOJ: Still fish moving in spurts up the river. Same for the dippers. Slow then a pocket of fish move through. The river reports are the same all through town - the "bite" is on and then a lull. Things will be changing in a couple of days.]

ANGLER:  CMoney_14
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai Beach - North Shore
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Hit the north shore beach on the PM high tide. Fought some pretty massive waves, was over my head at times. Managed to get into a nice pocket of Reds for about thirty minutes. Managed to get four, lost one. Snagged a nice steelhead trout to. All in all, it was a good day.

ANGLER:  Bluedrifter
TRIP DATE:  7/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth
SPECIES:  Dipping for Reds

REPORT: Dipped from a boat Wednesday and Thursday with moderate success. Some times were quite slow while other times it was pretty good. Definitely not the big slug I thought would hit the river. I'd say its a little late this year. I did want to give some advice to some of my fellow boat dippers. If you are operating your boat severely overweight you are putting yourself and others in danger. I saw way to many small boats with 5-6 people in them plus several large coolers of fish plowing up river because they were so over gross. Its only a matter of time before some one swamps a boat. The water is awfully cold and the current is strong. Please go up river on step and don't plow up river. Also over the course of two days i saw several boats "parked" on the sand bars. I hope they brought picknic baskets with them because its a long day between tides. Take the time to learn the river and watch for the shallows! Be safe and remember to be polite. We all share this resource together!

ANGLER:  learnintofish
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  North Beach Kenai River - Dipnetting
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: KK,

Your predictions for craziness were spot on. We attempted to "beat" the weekend craziness and left Anchorage at 3am yesterday. We've never dipped on a Friday before and didn't realize that so many people do the same thing and that Friday is apparently considered a weekend day to fish. The fish were there, but so were A TON of people. The morning incoming tide didn't produce a lot of fish; the outgoing am tide was really hot from about 12:30pm-1:30pm and then slowed down. The beaches just kept getting more crowded and crowded. I lost 4 fish during the "hot" time because every time I went to bring my fish in I'd bump into people or their nets and lose my fish. We did get 2 fish for the day. I noticed that people with longer nets or wetsuits were pulling them in much more frequently. It was seriously elbow to elbow, so we decided to call it a day around 2 and come back when its not so crazy (not sure if that exists anymore or not). On our way back home to Anchorage almost 70% of the vehicles that we passed had dipnets. I can't even imagine what that beach looks like today. On a side note, Alaska people I am very impressed with how nice people are even with the chaos and craziness down there. Even with it elbow to elbow, it was easy to make conversations with people around and laugh.

[AOJ: Yes indeed, when you are within "ear shot" of a half dozen people and their conversations its always easy to chime in with some additional chatter and camaraderie. There are always a few good stories to listen to or pass on. When its slow there is nothing else to do although I have been known to take a power nap leaning on my handle braced on my shoulder! Those people who criticize this fishery and user group just don't get it. ITS AN ALASKAN THING found no were else in America........and we LIKE IT!

P.S. Watch the numbers. Next week you should do much better and find out what its really like on a big hit day.]



~KLONDIKE KID'S 7/19 SATURDAY MORNING NEWS~

3AM SATURDAY MORNING WAKE UP CALL: Make that 4AM now!

Yes its true! This coming week will see some major numbers of reds hitting the Kenai (and some for Kasilof too). The Lower Cook Inlet is loading up with strong movements of salmon that are miles long and wide. The South Boat OTF has been building from a low of 18 to 75 to 117 to 174 and finally for FRIDAY it was up to 215. As the test fishing is just a moment in time "snap shot" of what is passing through the test fishing area from day to day, continued big numbers and a building trend mean it is pretty much a continuous mega-school of fish.

Thursday's Kenai king sonar count came in at 502. This run is trending DEAD ON the four year average timing to the day. So Thursday was the PEAK of the biggest count day in the run yet it was only half of what the average run count would be. Following this trend, a couple more days of peak and its downhill after that.

This latest king number added to the database gives me a Run Projection of exactly 11,000 kings by the end of the run at the current entry rate into the Kenai River not counting the deduction for over 400 kings harvested in the sport fishery. At 27% below the minimum escapement goal for these fish, I don't see how we can even get through this weekend without the King Management Plan requiring an immediate closure of this fishery.

ADFG Commfish had not decided whether they were going to fish the Beach Site nets on Saturday after the mandatory closure period ends at 11am. (They will make that determination on Saturday morning after further assessment of fish concentrations and perhaps the Friday king count too.) Personally with the king projection at such a low number I can't see any justification in fishing the nets for even one more day. The Board of Fish redesigned the King Salmon and Sockeye Salmon Management Plans this Spring to recognize a vital need to protect our king salmon runs during this extreme mortality crisis we are experiencing in every king salmon run in mainland Alaska. So I'm kinda scratching my head on these delays. The Plans are very clear as to the directions the Department MUST take as events unfold that require out-of-the-norm management practices. I'm not criticizing the Department - the fishery will be shut down without a doubt in my mind. But with the importance our BOF put on saving our kings I'm a bit puzzled. After all, the Commfish Beach Site fishers have already had a fairly decent catch and income in a year when its the worst in history for a Kenai king run. See my HARVEST DATA TABLE BELOW.

OK, MEGA REDS! I think the 240 school is going to be moving into the Kenai on Saturday with perhaps the scouts already tasting the freshwaters of the river late Friday. The NORTH BOAT partial OTF on Friday after fishing 3 of the 8 stations was reported at 50. I don't know if they finished all stations. The Friday sockeye sonar count at 5PM was up to 29,000 and at that rate it should come close to the 40K I predicted Friday morning. Fishing still isn't that hot!! The best anglers ARE getting limits and even proxy limits with a lot of time and work. But there are a lot of rods with not much action for the numbers that are being counted. ?? Deja vu? God I hope not or there will be riots in the streets. HEHEH

This coming week is going to be what I had been forecasting for the dippers and sporties. With the beach sites held to 12 hrs max. per week at this moment, there is little they can do to stop a MILLION or TWO REDS heading up the Inlet during the remainder of this run. The Drift Fleet will be fished hard to the maximum allowable hours the Plan provides for runs of this size.

>>>>In the next couple days ADFG Commfish will be making a new Kenai Sockeye Run Projection based on the current data and OTFs. If the run is projected much higher than earlier expectations it could allow a LOT of additional Drift Fleet net time. But when that number comes in at the next Plan level, it IMMEDIATELY TRIGGERS 24 HOURS of DIPNETTING and SIX REDS per day sport limits. So that is another variable that may provide a change overnight for the two non-commercial user groups. That number will be coming out soon.

Here is how well the Commercial fishermen have done with their harvest in COOK INLET to date:
East Side Set Nets (beach sites) 469,361 SOCKEYE. 1,124 KINGS.
Upper Cook Inlet DRIFT Fleet 1,079,598 SOCKEYE. 21,694 COHO. 163,559 PINKS. 69,702 CHUMS. 228 KINGS.

So the commies have caught 1.5 MILLION reds so far and here in the Kenai our Sockeye count has not even hit 350,000 yet.

For you Valley and Knik and Ship Creek (Bird too) anglers the Drift Fleet on July 17th caught nearly 13,000 COHO in their nets. These are NOT Peninsula run fish. They are heading up North. So you folks may be seeing a big jump up on Silver numbers in your streams this coming week. I'm charting Deshka and Little Su and Fish Creek coho for you to monitor.

Good Luck, Good Dipping, Good Fishing, and WEAR YOUR PFD at all times when in the boat. Drive Safe. It's just getting started!


ANGLER:  Kardinal_84
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Upper and Lower Kenai
SPECIES:  Rainbows, Dollies, & Sockeyes

REPORT: So quick report from camp. With everything dead for us we had to improvise.

Thursday I floated the upper Kenai from sportsman to Jim's. Saw eagles and a bear up close. The fishing was slow until we found a few small sloughs that produced a dozen nice rainbows, dolly, and a bonus mint bright sockeye. The other observation was the thousands of sockeyes milling in the slow water. Some were blushed. Some were bright. None were tomatoes. Hmmm...



Friday after hearing the dippers hit a few on the evening tide I try floating from Centennial Park to Cunningham Park. Thousands of anglers, maybe a dozen fish I saw hooked. I did see two kings hooked in the Lower River.

Decided I better fish a few hours since I made it down river in about 2hrs. Scratched out three over 2.5 hours I think. I got lucky. Very few fish in the water from what I could see.

So I guess in spoiled. A limit in three hours seems like a pretty good deal. Still, where are the reds? I thought I had it figured out but this spotiness is unusual I think.

Shouldn't forget, GF hammers two on Wed night. Almost a limit till a fistfight breaks out right next to her. Lol. It's the crazy season for sure.

I met some super nice folks on the river today. Enjoyed fishing with them and appreciated the netting help! I'd like to think more folks are like the folks I fished with!!! Be courteous! Have fun!!!!


ANGLER:  Brad P
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Pink, Silvers, Dogs

REPORT: Fished the outgoing and incoming tides at Bird Creek yesterday evening. I must have found the lucky fishing hole cause my buddy and I landed 10-12 total in about 3 hours. Had to let 4 or 5 go due to illegal hook sets. I seen a few others land some, but not very many. One guy even pulled out a mountain bike with tons of gear snagged on it. At least 4 were mine. Lol End of the day we had 3 silver, 1 dog and the rest pinks. It was great to see a lot of young anglers out fishing.

ANGLER:  Duchess
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Campbell Creek
SPECIES:  Trout

REPORT: Been busy with classes lately so haven't gotten much in fishing wise so I figured with a couple spare hours I'd hit something local for a change. I've heard people talking about fishing upper Campbell Creeks for trout and since I live off Elmore it seems like a good idea.

Flipped a coin and got north fork. Parked at MOA public works and headed up towards the Elmore bridge. Homeless camp but empty, looked occupied. Pressed on got through the grass and startled a mother moose and pair of calves. She wasn't feeling it so I high tailed it out and headed downstream. Walked the trail as the grass was pretty close to face height along the bank.

Got to where the south and north meet up and fished around there with no luck. As I was leaving I spooked 3 tomatoe red kings. I figure if there are salmon there should be trout somewhere near. The trio looked like they were headed up the south fork? Maybe I'll give that one a go next time. I'll give it a whirl again another day. All and all I'd do it again just for the walk.

If anyone has any advice about trout fishing in this watershed (at least the upper parts) I'm all ears.

ANGLER:  jorge cosio
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Hope
SPECIES: 

REPORT: I lost a Boston red Sox hat in the parking lot of hope it has a pair of sunglasses on top call me at (907) 240-7353 if you find them please I'll be in hope tomorrow.

ANGLER:  ak49ak
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Glacier Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers, Pinks

REPORT:
Hit the creek got one pink but no silvers few pinks in there tried to make it too the second Creek but found this to change my mind. Be safe everyone.

ANGLER:  Da Butcher
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof River - Dipping
SPECIES:  Slamming sockeyes

REPORT: Wow! After driving over the Ames bridge all week I was very happy to hear my friend Ed wanted to hit the Kasilof instead! I highly recommend this! No fees, four other boats and 44 fish boated in three hours...yeah I know they are supposed to be smaller, but I tell ya... At least a full third were just as big as average Kenai reds!

[AOJ: Its going to be tougher dipping there from here on out. The Kasilof River Special Harvest Area will be fishing nets right off the mouth of the river pretty steady from now on to stop as many reds into the Kasilof as possible. So there will be good days/tides and bad ones.]

ANGLER:  FishingDisciple
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth - North Beach
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Went to Kenai north beach to dip net this week. Was in the water off and on Wednesday and Thursday. My wife and I managed 15 for both days. Was really slow for the most part.

This morning we went out at 6am and caught 20 between 6:30am and 8:00am. Odd thing was we were getting them closer to shore. My wife was using a net from Mike's Welding with only a 6 ft handle. As soon as she picked up her first two I moved my net in closer and started getting them too. Was a tough couple days but the patience paid off!

Good luck and be safe!

[AOJ: If it was any easier and a guarantee there would be no "fun" in it.]

ANGLER:  3s1k
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: First time Poster, long time lurker. My dad was up bright and early this morning at Ship Creek right at Low Tide. He fished over by the bridge restaurant and managed to land this Silver. He said last night during hide tide their were a bunch of rollers in the same spot.

Looks like I'll be passing on Kenai this weekend and hitting up Ship Creek instead to avoid the crowds. In my 20yrs of fishing in Alaska I have never caught a Silver, so this year will be my year. Thanks for all the time you put in updating us daily of all things fishing. I refresh your page and check for FB status all day every day. Thanks again.

[AOJ: Always nice to see another AOJ regular come out of the shadows and pull up a stump around the campfire! There should be plenty of reds next week. Work on those silvers while most of your competition is down here on the Kenai.]


ANGLER:  BB
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Pinks, pinks, and a dolly

REPORT: Fished the low tide this morning nothing but pinks. My fish slaying partner caught one Dolly also. No silvers did see a few ruby red kings roll. All in all it was a good morning fishing, made the work day better.

ANGLER:  MNViking
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai - Bings
SPECIES:  Reds + fish cleaning issue

REPORT: I got lucky and found my swing this morning for a limit of reds. The high water makes cleaning fish by rapids hole difficult to impossible. The fish cleaning tables at the launch have been removed and the campground hosts will not allow fish cleaning anywhere near the launch or docks which is forcing people to clean them in the woods creating a possible bear situation.

~KLONDIKE KID'S 7/18 FRIDAY MORNING NEWS~

10AM FRIDAY DIPPERS AND SPORTIES HOTLINE NEWS:

Here we go. But first a NOTEWORTHY Addendum to this write up that needs passing on.

There was some "inflection" in the tone of today's Commfish Announcement that indicated IF the Kenai King Salmon COUNTS turn around and start projecting above the minimum escapement goals, it is LIKELY that the CnR and the 12 hrs restrictions on the Beach Sites would be rescinded. Just to give you all a heads up. This ain't over til its over so we are still in a day to day king salmon assessment mode that can reverse course. I personally give it low odds of happening, but never say never. But this scenario DID unfold for the Little Su king salmon fishery which had been closed and then reopened as the fish counts improved.

  1. The pulse of fish moving into the Kenai River mouth on Thursday has reached Soldotna area early Friday morning with impressive numbers. A recognizable friend of mine said the fish hit at 5am and he had filled his 3 fish limit and his proxy by 6:13am here in Town.

  2. The pulse of fish continues to stream through Soldotna at the counter this morning. The Midnight to 7am Kenai sockeye count was at 16,000 fish already. If this is a sustainable pulse at this rate we will have the biggest day's count so far and perhaps topping 40,000. But things can be spotty. And if it was just a SCHOOL there is always a tail end of it with things tapering off. Just have to fish it to find out.

  3. BEACH SITE SET NETS: By Management Plan regulations, the minute the Catch and Release was announced for the Kenai King Salmon Sport Fishery the set net restrictions went into effect automatically. The Beach Sites are now restricted to a MAXIMUM of 12 hours per week fishing time.

  4. The Mandatory 36 Hour Beach Site nets Closure Window began at 11pm Thursday night and will extend to 11am Saturday morning. Its still being determined whether the hours fished yesterday will count towards the maximum hours per week as defined by this next level of the Management Plan restrictions. So the beach sites May or might not fish on Saturday after 11am. We have to wait and see what the determination is on that. The Kasilof Special Harvest Area might fish around the mouth depending on fish numbers moving towards the river. Sunday is the new week and a new bank of 12 hours to fish.

  5. SONAR COUNTS:
    KASILOF River for Thursday was 9100. At 7am the counter was at 2000. Pretty slow there today.
    KENAI River for Thursday was 33,000. At 7am this morning the counter was at 16,000 fish. A fishable day. But be in the right spot. Reports this morning are its SPOTTY and if its a school of fish there may be a drop off. You know how fishing is.
    STERLING Section of the River: Should see improving fishability early Saturday morning as far as much better numbers moving through. It will continue to improve all day as what is in Soldotna this morning will be in Sterling tomorrow.

  6. OTF INDEXES:
    SOUTH Boat OTF on Thursday ended up at 161.
    NORTH Boat OTF on Thursday ended up at 78.
    This was for all stations fished by both boats.

  7. The DRIFT Fleet is fishing today offshore from 10am to 10pm.

  8. EXPECT SUPER CROWDS in the Dipnet Fishery through the weekend. The towns have little parking or camping available now. Still the Walmart parking lot. Diamond M Llama Pasture is nearly full of RVs, campers, boats, and ATVs on K Beach. It will be Crazy on the beaches I'm sure, and INSANE on the River for boat dippers guaranteed. You won't see me at either spot.

  9. Consult the middle of the Regulations Booklet for a map and lists of places that are public access fishing spots along the Kenai River if you don't have a favorite spot or are new.

  10. Its time to start putting some fish in the freezer! It will only improve as the run progresses.

Good Luck, Good Dipping, Good Fishing, and WEAR YOUR PFD at all times when in the boat. Drive Safe. It's just getting started!


ANGLER:  This Butt's For You
TRIP DATE:  7/18
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward - Pony Cove & Day Cove
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Fished Day and Pony Cove yesterday. Managed 4 at Day between 2 of us. We went to Pony Cove for one more each. Got them but it took a long time. Trollers were doing OK, but not great either. Both sites were hit or miss throughout the day.

The fish were swimming deep (85-115 feet in 240+ plus feet of water). Big schools would swim by according to sonar, but not a lot of hook ups. My sonar must be counting bubbles or these fish just got out of the buffet. Fishing this deep resulted in two small rockfish.

Any ideas why they're swimming that deep? In years past, typically caught them in 40-50 feet regularly. No sea lions or whales nearby.

And a belated thanks for the information on the Copper River poles.

[AOJ: I have seen them suspended off the bottom out off the Seward beaches at over 200 feet. And was filming on an anchored charter in 160 feet of water and mooching needed to drop all the way to the bottom to get fish. But then if you bring in that one fish slowly, its struggles and flashes make others think a feeding frenzy has started and they start looking for bait and following the hooked fish.

Another reason they might be on the bottom may be their food is down there. I found out there is a mysterious little bottom fish in the bay that silvers love to eat so that could be drawing them down if no herring or sandlance are in the area in mid-column water.]

ANGLER:  Tangler
TRIP DATE:  7/17
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: We fished the incoming tide for a few hours this evening. We caught lots and lots of bright pinks and massive chums but no silvers. I only saw about two or three silvers get caught the entire evening.

We watched a group of Armenian-looking military guys snag a chum and then proceed to keep it and beat it with a rock in the mud at least 20 or 30 times over a span of about five minutes. Even more, some of their beer cans (Blue Moon) floated away while they were "entertaining" themselves with the chum. Another angler confronted them about their littering and they simply ignored him. I just don't get some people. Would ADF&G, F&WS, or Troopers be the best people to call in this situation?

Thanks again for keeping this site up and running.

[AOJ: For fishing violations the Wildlife Troopers listed in the regs booklet would be the number to call at the office closest to the offense.]

ANGLER:  dirty north
TRIP DATE:  7/14
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Soldotna Creek Park
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Well talked the wife into driving down to Kenai on a fishing adventure. We fished several locations but Soldotna City park was the only place really producing fish. I really had to work for them. The fishing was on after midnight. I had about fifteen hookups but only managed to land one silver the reds were sure fiesty. Fished till early morning with several more hookups and only one other angler, it was nice ...... then the tourists showed up. It was shoulder to shoulder and fish were being caught but it wasn't smoking hot. They came in spurts like I said you really had to work for them. Some people were limiting but it was few and far between. I did end up catching two really nice bucks one was little over twelve pounds the other was just over ten. So all in all it was successful but by no means hot fishing. Hoping they will run soon so all can get there limits easily. Well tight lines and good luck ....... is there any word on Jim Creek I love fishing there and would love a fresh report thinking about hitting it there on Saturday.

ANGLER:  king_salmon
TRIP DATE:  7/17
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Fished lower Kenai River today, was dead for the first two hours then turned on, six fishermen caught limits in less than an hour. Fish seemed to be building as we left.

Spoke with the king biologist as we were leaving, stated that the king return was disappointing. Doesn't bode well for the return... won't quote numbers but would expect further restrictions in the near future for the king fishery.

[AOJ: As you might have noticed in the Chalkboard News announcement that came out earlier today they have EO'd the Kenai kings to Catch n Release using BARBLESS hooks only and no bait or scent starting Saturday. And fishing is restricted to below Slikok Creek.

For OTHER SALMON and TROUT in the Kenai River you are allowed to use your regular BARBED hooks for them.]

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid reporting for Captain Shane at DRIFTWOOD CHARTERS
TRIP DATE:  7/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Cook Inlet - Kachemak Bay
SPECIES:  MONSTER FEEDER KING SALMON

REPORT: Where oh where has Captain Shane disappeared to? You have all been treated to his repeated success on the saltwater throughout the year but especially in the Fall, Winter and Spring when he has time enough to send me some pics and reports.

During this time of year he is mostly booked solid with a full boat every day so his days start very early and run very late since he has fish to clean, boat to clean, fuel up, tackle and bait to prepare for the next day, take care of ADFG paperwork, and finally find some time to eat and sleep. But this evening AOJ readers are going to get a real treat.

This King salmon catch today pegged the scales at 47.88 pounds and was a FEEDER KING with no mature reproductive organs.

Just think how much more this West Coast king would have grown before the end of summer when it would be heading south to its home waters to spawn. This is the largest Feeder Shane has caught and perhaps one of the largest ever taken in our local waters.

Congrats Captain Shane~! You da man!

ANGLER:  meathead
TRIP DATE:  7/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Creek - HOPE
SPECIES:  Pinks

REPORT: Fish after fish after fish. Couldn't keep them off. Caught and kept a few bright chromes that still had the sea lice on 'em. We'll see how they smoke up. Not very many people either. Would be a good place to bring the kiddos to learn.

ANGLER:  Dakota Dangler
TRIP DATE:  7/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Sockeye, Dollies, Trout

REPORT: Arrived at the ferry around 10:30am. Nice sunny day. On the way across saw one angler with a couple reds on a stringer. From 10:30 to about 12:30 there was the occasional hook-up up and down the bank. Didn't notice signs of fish heading up the clear arm of the Russian. All fish seen and caught were in the sanctuary. By 5pm when we left, the bite was pretty much off and we heard anglers saying they didn't get a bite all day. Probably still a little early, but it was fun trying out the new rod and reel. I caught the red in the picture on my pseudo krill killer in red and pink. Thanks KK. I will definitely be tying more of these in the future. Nice dolly varden and rainbows caught right below the cleaning station. Definitely saw a lot more trout than reds today.

[AOJ: I am surprised to see a nice bright sockeye there at the confluence at this time of the season. Usually the end of the first run will be all tomatoes and greenheads with the second run usually not arriving as fresh fish until near the end of July. So that could be one of the early "scouts" for the second run. It will improve but for now fishing back down in Sterling and Soldotna will prove to be more fruitful where the run is first hitting the river. Check out the fishing regs booklet for the map and list of all the places that are open to public access for fishing. And there are a number of private campgrounds that also offer fishing too.

BTW, if you look around the bulk cards in the stores, you should be able to find Crystal Flash coho flies so just by adding the eyes (might have to replace the bead chain hollow eyes) you will have a good representation.]

ANGLER:  This Butt's For You
TRIP DATE:  7/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth - South Beach
SPECIES:  Salmon

REPORT: Be safe while dipnetting...the tide comes really quick, and these are big tides.

Anyway, while fishing the South side, be wary of the tide. When the tide is low, you're fairly far from shore. As the tide comes in, it gets deeper behind you and you may not notice. It could be waist high where you're dipnetting at, but behind you it can be getting to chest/neck height quickly.

I was caught in this once (chest height and filled my waders slightly). The next day I nearly waited too long again. Thankfully, I made it to shore dry.

Saw one guy swimming back as he was shorter than me on Saturday. He was wise and dropped the net while coming back. Another guy needed help coming in another day. A guy near him waded out a bit to help and let the guy grab his handle. Definitely a good guy.

Anyway, be safe and cautious. Wanted to share a safety thought.


ANGLER:  troutcandy
TRIP DATE:  7/16
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Moose Meadows
SPECIES:  any little bite..

REPORT: This has been my first year ever fishing and I have fish fever!!! Unfortunately one trout has placed its presence on me, but that's about it! I just love getting out there and trying out everything its all new, wish I could report a fish but not yet (fingers crossed) especially because I've been at it hard for hours, days, weeks, like the rest of us crazy Alaskans...I did want to comment om how willing and open some of the anglers have been to show me something new or little tricks..just downright patient and loads of help every place I've been :) 2am we drove down to moose meadows and i was impressed once again, with the attitudes of everyone. Smiles all around and it means a lot to this gal because its intimidating not knowing what I'm doing but eager to just get out and learn and enjoy! So sorry about the rant but their are good peeps out there and thank you! Can't wait to pull out my first salmon!

[AOJ: You'll catch your share yet. Newbies usually need some big daily counts so they have plenty of targets to "practice on" to perfect the techniques needed to catch sockeye. Next week things are going to start getting interesting. Keep those hooks sharp.]

ANGLER:  Ak slim
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina River
SPECIES:  Reds - LOST BACK PACK

REPORT: I want to start of by first saying I love and appreciate this site. A buddy and I went on a suicide run to the Klutina and were the only two guys there fishing, not one fish caught between us.

Oh well that's not the bad part - the bad part is I left my back pack with all my gear there at the bridge were they launch the boats. If anyone finds it I will drive to you and pick it up. I also have a crisp 100 dollar bill for you. It is a Simms back pack. It had two fish bonkers, my hooks, weights, leatherman, bug dope, stringer, yarn.

Call me 678-899-3446

ANGLER:  Oldmanboater
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River dipnetting - Boat
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Tuesday 7/15
Fished the afternoon incoming tide and an hour of the rodeo (outgoing with a lot of wake). Landed 36 fish in 6 hours 2 nets and had a great time. One of the nicest days on the river. I have one of the smallest boats on the river and use 4' hoops instead of the big hoops. They are a lot easier to handle. I only use short handles and my best year ever was just using king landing nets so you don't need fancy gear. Slow down, be courteous to other boats and bleed and cool your fish on the boat. I have been dipping since the first year they opened and the main thing enjoy yourself and keep your nets in the water. In the 2nd half of the run from the 22nd on there are usually enough little schools spread all the river in weak tides times that you can still fill your coolers in 8-10 hours.


ANGLER:  Zanetta Corbin
TRIP DATE:  7/14
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kachemake Bay - Homer
SPECIES:  Halibut

REPORT: We went out with a good friend to do some halibut fishing. It was my husband, 11 yr old, 9yr old and myself. I did have the biggest halibut, then my son reeled this monster up weighing in at just shy of 200lbs!! I am such a proud momma! We were using Pro Cure bait scents "butt juice". I hope you enjoy this picture as much as we enjoyed the experience.

[AOJ: That's always a great accomplishment to catch a fish that is a lot heavier than the angler. Looks like you have your winter's supply of fish n chips.]

ANGLER:  Fishingking101
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Creek - HOPE
SPECIES:  Pinks

REPORT: Decided to head down to Hope to see what was going on there. There were tons of chrome pinks in the water. I must of caught 40 fish before I decided to call it. So the pinks are in thick but its only gonna get better for another 3 weeks or so.

ANGLER:  Larry
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Reds and Pinks

REPORT: 1 mile downstream of the Soldotna bridge. Limits yesterday and today with a couple of spotty tails thrown in. The fish are there, you just gotta put in the hours. The best setup for our location is 1 to 1-1/2 oz of lead, a 3 foot leader, a couple of beads, and yarn doesn't seem to matter, color, or if you use it or not. Longer leaders seemed to just offer up more snags than fish with the run so low. Best to put some fresh leader material on every few hours, for insurance when that fish does come along. A lot of broken leaders and knots, things get beat up with all that flogging.

~KLONDIKE KID'S 7/15 TUESDAY EVENING NEWS~
6PM TUESDAY LATE BREAKING DEVELOPMENTS:

The Fortune Teller has got out his crystal ball again. Heads Up!

The Kenai King counts through Monday have been released. Serious Bad News! At 26% of the run now INRIVER, my run projection without accounting for any sport harvest and no potential future commfish harvest puts the run at 13,664. Minimum Escapement Goal is 15,000. At 1500 below the minimum objective not counting current harvest factored in there is little chance this run is going to dodge the next series of EO bullets.

The Tuesday thru Thursday King counts will come out on Friday. The run will be ~37% complete on Thursday. If this run was to just get BACK ON TRACK FOR A 15,000 projection we would need 800 kings on EACH of these next three days of counts. THAT IS NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN. Even if kings have been stacking up behind the big tides. There would have to be so many fish bunched up on an already historically weak year that based on the law of probability it would be out of range. But NEVER SAY NEVER. :-) I've tasted my share of crow a few times!

If the next three days of counts come in at the SAME LEVEL as these past four days, i.e. averaging 225 per day, we would end up at a run projection of ~10,225. That is 35% below the minimums. Can't dodge that one. Too extreme, off the bottom of the chart.

SO, here are my PREDICTIONS.

1) There is NO HOPE that the Kenai late king run will continue to allow sport harvest. I expect, at some point soon, at minimum a Catch and Release EO sometime this week. I expect it before the weekend at the latest.

2) CnR for Kenai kings means Beach Site Set Nets drop to 12 Hours MAXIMUM per Week for their fishing time, with the exception of those near-shore and Special Harvest zone net fisheries around the Kasilof River for Kasilof reds and the Drift Fleet would be exempt since they fish offshore.

3) But this run projection is dangerously below the minimum escapement goal and I give better than 50/50 odds that the king sport fishery will be shut down before the end of the month because even catch and release mortality would not be an acceptable management practice with these numbers. This run is at an HISTORIC LOW not encountered in 29 years to this date in the run.

4) If the sport fishery is CLOSED it will mean the Beach Site set nets are done for the season. And we have the same scenario as in 2012 when they were prevented from fishing due to that year's king run being weak. That would probably trigger an immediate increase in Sockeye daily sport limits as well as an increase in hours on the Kenai Dipnet Fishery.

5) IN SUMMARY: (Note that this discussion is based solely on my own personal analysis of the data, trends, probability, and historic experience and has no connection with ADFG, its personnel, or ultimately the decisions they may make. I just get what everyone else in the public sector is provided.) So as they say, "Take it for what it's worth." IN MY OPINION this week will have some EO changes that will benefit the Dipnetters and the Sockeye Sport Anglers with potentially more reds in the Kenai. (Even if it stays the same and the nets don't fish that will be a benefit.) It is literally a Day to Day continued re-assessment of the conditions, data, and situation in order to make the next "call." Moving to just restricting the beach sites to 12 hours per week will make managing sockeye numbers very difficult to keep below the upper escapement goal of 1.2 million. If the kings are closed it means the Kenai sockeye escapement goal will probably be busted, perhaps by numbers in the 100's of thousands over the top as before when we were 385,000 over the max in 2012. And in that year dippers harvested 500,000 Kenai reds and the sporties caught 385,000 reds. So just think if we weren't there to shoulder that "burden."

Should all this "play out" as I have described, the dipnet harvesters as well as the sport anglers will again become a very IMPORTANT component for reducing escapement numbers into the Kenai. If this comes down, grab your neighbors and talk them into going dipping too.

If none of this plays out, BLAME ME! I've got a thick skin!


ANGLER:  agimarc
TRIP DATE:  7/16
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Bird Creek
SPECIES:  Any

REPORT: Spent an hour on Bird this morning at dead low tide. 5 people on the creek so we had lots of room. Nothing in the creek. Nobody had a hook into anything other than snags on the bottom. Water level moderate. Rocks had algae and mud on them. Need more traffic to clean them off. Nice attitude adjustment in the morning.

Spoke to another guy on my way out. He was targeting the high tide at around 1130L. Said he had fished the incoming tide the last day or two and couldn't keep pinks off the hook. Also saw some chum and a couple silvers, though you had to sort your way thru all the pinks to get to them. This time of year as the run grows, Bird fishes tidally, with the pinks in particular surfing the incoming tide. They kept on going upstream and did not settle into pools in the creek yet.

Worst news was he also reported a pair of 2-year old Griz - like the pair that participated in the attack on Bird Ridge a week or two ago. Did not see the sow. Looks like Bird is going to have bear problems this year, and this group has already attacked a jogger. Be careful out there. Cheers -

[AOJ: Thanks for the first Bird Creek report of the season.

Last year ADFG stocked 110,000 five inch long Coho smolt in Bird Creek. Typically in a normal coho survival year from 4% to 6% will return the NEXT YEAR as adults. That would equate to 4000-6000 silvers destined for Bird Creek waters if they had low mortality at sea. So it could turn out to be a good season for silvers there.

ADFG was warning anglers even before Bird Creek opened to expect bears in the area. So that makes it especially important to not leave any fish cleaning waste in the area that will encourage the bears to stay and cause some potential safety problems.]

ANGLER:  Raffpappy
TRIP DATE:  7/16
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina/Valdez
SPECIES:  Reds/Pinks

REPORT: Mama and I are concluding an 8-day trip to the Klutina River today. I arrived here on the 8th, convinced that I'd be able to pull 4-6 fish a day, because that's what I was doing the week prior. It was not to be. 10-12 hours of hard fishing each day was yielding only a few hookups and fish each day. I ended up averaging one fish per every 4 hours and a total of 12 in the freezer. Numbers were really down in one week's time. By day 5 reds were nearly non-existent and skunks were the norm amongst the remaining fishermen.

With the red fishery collapsing around us we decided to make a couple of day runs to Valdez for pinks, something we'd never done before. Silvers yes, pinks no. Before leaving North Pole I tossed a couple light/medium spinning rods and a box of pixies and vibrax spinners into the RV, just in case things slowed in Klutina. With our tide chart as a guide, we headed down. While fishing off Dayville Road midway between the hatchery and Allison Point, these little characters did not disappoint. On both trips fish after fish pounded pink/silver #3 Vibrax spinners with reckless abandon. Other folks were using pixies and doing well, too. It was a hoot to say the least! Chicken noodle soup for the soul, baby! We've never fished for pinks before, so we kept several for the smoker. I've heard they smoke up good, and will confirm or deny in just a few days!

The campgrounds are only 10-15 percent full this morning, evidence of another season come and gone. Good-bye, Klutina. C-ya next June!

[AOJ: Back in the 70's I learned a great way to cook up ocean-fresh pinks. I fillet them out, then cut them in finger length and finger size "fish sticks." Shake'em in a ziplock with spices and corn meal and fry in a hot skillet. Taste as good as a Dolly.]


ANGLER:  Akredkat
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth - North Beach
SPECIES:  Sockeye/Pink/Flounder

REPORT: Been here since Monday. I decided to go in the week, so it would be less crowded, yeah right! North beach is a zoo, basically shoulder to shoulder. Many lost fish, because, you have to get people to step over your net, when you are trying to land your catch or you get snagged up in other peoples' equipment on the way out.

Most people were nice, but there are always a few rude ones, that make it no fun. I wish, people would think ahead, if you are standing this close, try to eliminate snags...... In my previous post I asked that people cover their handle clips and screws with tape, I'd like to add one more......if you have zip-ties on your net, please borrow some electrical tape and cover them. I saw so many people get snagged on those zippies yesterday....one time there were 5 nets hung up on each other. You try to land you salmon that way! Kudos to all those patient people and a special thanks to the guy that caused me to loose a fish and gave me the next one he caught. It was awfully nice of him and totally unexpected.

So on a count note, Monday was OK, evening being a little better than morning. (partially, because a lot of people did go home earlier). Ended up with 10 total.. Tuesday was pretty good in the morning, but the evening was dead. Spend my time playing catch and release with flounders. Still ended up taking 4 good size ones to my cooler, caught 7 salmon in the morning 6 reds one pink. The evening brought only one tiny red. For Wednesday so far, I slept in, but according to my neighbor it was pretty good on the incoming this morning. I'll see, if the outgoing is going to be nice to my cooler.

Still waiting for that big run....!!?

Sorry about all those rants, but a little bit of tape will make everybody happier...if you see me on the beach, I got a roll of duck tape and electrical tape in my sled, I am more than happy to let you use....

(still beats working any day, weather has been great and my sunburn/ windburn is coming along nicely....)

[AOJ: See Count Statistics To Date in the report below this one. 20,000 fish days spread out over 24 hours is not a very high fish passage "average per hour" for such a big river area so those days are going to be very spotty until we hit the 50K and up days.]

ANGLER:  KatieinKenai
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Dipping
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: I expected that we would see a better than normal run this early in the Kenai River dipnet season simply due to the tide levels. Not so much. Netted the 2 hours up to the p.m. high tide at the bridge, and hauled in 1, several people were hauling them in more regularly, most people weren't getting anything. Talked to another guy who had been fishing since 9 am and had only gotten 1.

I did better in the same 2 hour run up to the p.m. high tides on Saturday (4 fish) and on Sunday (3 fish).

Thanks for all the good info, and stay safe out there.

[AOJ: Well we are having a better than normal sockeye run so far. Actually it could be called a minor "blow out" based on the counts data but of course you wouldn't know it based on Dipper and Sporties success so far.
Kenai Sockeye Counts to date = 289,000
24 yr AVG Kenai Sockeye Counts to date = 149,000.
So inriver counts-wise we are nearly double what the average run would put in the river by this time.

I'll give you a hint about dipnetting from the mud banks up by the Warren Ames Bridge. When you have an incoming tide the river current is nonexistent and the reds are swimming scattered out all over the river. They do not orient close to shore when they are swimming through slack water just like when in the ocean. Chances of hitting fish along that bank on the incoming are very slim pickin's and you are just getting the fringes of what may be passing up the river at the time. But the outgoing tide, when the current changes direction, is tough to fish because your netting is inside out. But that is when the fish will move back along the shoreline.

My advice is don't let that $5 parking fee at the bridge vs the city beach parking fee be the determining factor in your choice of location to fish. It will generally be far more economical to wait for the big numbers and hit the North or South beach. If you are in the Kenai area, you can drive to the bluff overlooking the dippers and see what is going on before doing your fishing. If you see fish being hauled out, get on down there. If its dead, go mow the lawn and check later. Good Luck.]


ANGLER:  AK Mark
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: AOJ is the Best! You really help the guy and gal out there pin point what's going on each day during the thick of it all in the fish'n world in South Central Alaska. Thanks!

Fished Morgan's Landing today, caught a big limit of three Bucks in about two hours this morning. It was great. No crowds, friendly people, lots of mosquitos and sign of Bear. Not recommended for easy quick limits, but consistent with run building with slow water rather than fast water fly fishing. Sockeyes slowed down around mid morning today and never picked back up. My buddy couldn't pin a limit today, but had a great time trying. Caught one fisherman floating past with a landing net in hand, stepped off into deep water and lost his footing trying to land a fish for someone. He came floating by with just his head above water. Chest waders with no wading belt, waders filled up and almost cost his life. Needless to say, he was cold and in shock when I grabbed his arm and pulled him to higher ground. He said his fishing day was over, thanks for saving my life. Guessed he couldn't swim. Anyway, I hope he learned something important, wear a wader belt and no fish is worth your life. Be safe folks, and have fun.

[AOJ: Another lesson to be learned: Don't drown because you wouldn't let go of a $30 net to save yourself.]

ANGLER:  redsarein
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Dipping Kenai River
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: I have noticed some posts that talk about nets with extensions. The regulations say that the handle needs to be a single piece. That does not include attachments or extensions. Single means one, not two. Those dirty looks are probably from dippers who know the regs and abide by them. I have seen guys with extensions and ropes tied to handles. The playing field should be fair. F & G needs to get out and enforce or change the regs. My personal opinion is that if it keeps someone from a potentially dangerous situation where a life is at stake I don't care if they use it. Risking a life by going out too far and getting towed away has happened a few times and some were lucky to talk about it but a few were not. I know up river lots of people snag fish accidentally and keep them but that was an accident. Using illegal nets is not. I hope you all drive safe out there!

[AOJ: I guess this is ADFG Regulations 101 in session. Looks like I need to spend some time here enlightening you on how Fish & Game Regulations work. Its easy to get confused or misunderstand the intent of some regs.

  1. First Rule: When reading regulations don't read anything into the regulations that is not PLAINLY defined in written words. Example: If a stream reg does not specifically state "No Treble hooks and No bait," then they don't have to write it in the regs that you CAN use treble hooks and bait. It is implied that its legal unless its stated otherwise. If its AGAINST THE LAW then they put it in the regs, most often as "Exceptions" to the General Regulations or as one of the many legal definitions as here for dipnets.

  2. Second Rule: You shouldn't paraphrase, misquote and/or leave out the full context of a regulation you are quoting. It unfairly confuses those readers who are seeking the truth. You stated "The regulations say that the handle needs to be a single piece. That does not include attachments or extensions. Single means one, not two." That is very far from the actual wording used in the law. The actual law regarding dipnet handles states: (Page 15)

    The frame must be attached to a single rigid handle and be operated by hand.

    The statement of single rigid handle means NO ROPE BRIDLES or other cords, strings or ropes on the HOOPS without the required rigid handle and single handle means NO SECOND HANDLE another angler could also hold on to. There is no mention of the handle length you can have nor is there any mention that your single rigid handle cannot be comprised of two or twenty interlocking pieces or include an attached hand grip added to it. Again, if it doesn't CLEARLY state what is illegal (for example: all handles must be one piece) then there are no restrictions except for what the regulation calls for to be met by the user of the gear or equipment. I could legally have a 100 foot handle of ten foot sections if I choose.

  3. The intent of A Single Rigid Handle (not one piece handle as you misinterpreted) was as I mentioned, to prevent people from putting rope bridles on a hoop and lowering into the river to scoop up fish. Or to tow behind a boat like a trawler. Or between two boats. Or a person on each side of the river with a rope on each side of the hoop. Or any other concocted abuse. The "operated by hand" further defines the equipment as held by the angler and a rope tied to the bow of a boat back to the net is NOT mentioned as illegal, therefore the attachment rope conforms to the law as long as there is a person on the handle. For the readers interested here is the full definition in the regs.

    DIP NET: STATEWIDE DEFINITION FOR ALL FISHERIES

    By regulation, a dip net is defined as a bag-shaped net supported on all sides by a rigid frame. The maximum straight-line distance between any two points on the net frame, as measured through the net opening, may not exceed 5 ft. The depth of the bag must be at least one-half the greatest straight-line distance as measured through the net opening. No portion of the bag may be constructed of webbing that exceeds a stretched measurement of 4 1/2 inches. The frame must be attached to a single rigid handle and be operated by hand.

    Lastly, you mention people have DIED in our dipnet fishery. I've been here decades longer than the dipnet fishery has been around and don't recall anyone being swept out to sea and died. But maybe my memory fails me. There have been medical emergencies in the camps and maybe even a heart attack or two from standing in cold water and hauling out fish. But swept to sea? ]


ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Kings, Coho, and sockeye

REPORT: Fished from 11am to around 5:30 or so. Action was steady for the most part. Flipped a Kenai Krill Killer around a log that the fish follow and hooked 3 or so rotten kings and maybe 12 sockeye and coho combined. Sadly they all got away.. Didn't get a good hookset. The bites were very subtle so by the time I realized they were on they'd get off shortly after. Saw a few guys drifting shrimp and eggs under bobbers and hooking into some pretty good sockeye! Around 1 or so a huge school made a push towards Jim's creek.. Pretty cool watching the wave of fish move up just off the silt line! There was also a 3 year or so old black bear roaming around looking for food no doubt attracted by the fish carcasses in the dumpster. Hope to get back out after restocking flies and see if I can't grab a limit up river in my favorite spot!

ANGLER:  dirty north
TRIP DATE:  7/14
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  JIM Creek
SPECIES:  reds and silvers

REPORT: Well after seeing the report I made a mad dash to jim Creek knowing that its on and off at that lovely lil place. Had my wife down there with me and after about 30 mins she hooked up with a nice red it danced all over the place before finally it broke her 15# test on the good ol ugly stick..... fish were rolling way out kinda hard for me to reach them on the 8wt. Did end up hooking up once long enough for him to flip me the fish finger and he was gone. All in all good trip came home with the smell of a skunk but the fish are coming. Well tight lines ya'll and keep the reports coming.

ANGLER:  Dryflyguy
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  South Beach dipping
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Dipped from 11-3 and got 13 on the out going tide. Then dead. Hoping tonight is better. Btw the conga line is by far superior to standing at times. When the Tide is moving slowly and the fish are few and far between the conga line will continuously pull out fish while standers are not. Just my observations. It's also more fun and it keeps you warmer. Get a float on your net and get to conga dancing! North shore has more people than I've ever seen! Zoo! The south shore is not nearly as bad. Lots of space in the water and on the beach.

ANGLER:  Noah
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth - North Beach
SPECIES:  Sockeye, 1 pink

REPORT: Headed down for some dipnetting Friday night at 10pm from Anchortown. Got there at 1am and couldn't sleep. Too excited. Got out of the tent at 530 and hit the beach with the crowd. Fished hard the whole day and caught 55 between two nets and 3 people. It went incredibly well. Better than most others. Gotta plug the Mikes Welding guys. 2 Mikes Welding nets meant many more fish than everyone else. Funny to watch the wives and gfs pulling fish out of the water and getting dirty looks from the costco/homemade net crowd. I might have to head back down but I've got enough so that I don't feel like its mandatory. Caught one pink. Gross. Hit the majority of the fish right around high tide mid day on Saturday and had another good run from about 6pm until 10pm when we stopped to process.

ANGLER:  The Fisher King
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River dipnetting - Boat
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Well as KK noted in his pinned report the run on the Kenai was slow Tuesday am. We dipped from a boat starting at about 630am. The fishing was good below the bridge for the first 45 minutes and then disappeared as the tide went out. After that it was scratch fishing. The final tally was 18 fish (including 1 bright pink) in 6 hours of dipping with 2 nets.

Please drive safely on the water and off.

ANGLER:  HomerJack
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth - North Beach
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Dipped North beach again Tues AM from 6 to 1pm. 5 fish. A few more fish in river than yesterday but still very slow. Beach getting much more crowded.


ANGLER:  Knightpilot
TRIP DATE:  7/14
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth - South Beach
SPECIES:  Reds Dipnet

REPORT: Thank you all for this resource!

I spent Sunday and Monday dip netting on the South side. My fishing buddy and I fished the evening tide Sunday, the morning tide Monday, as well as the incoming tide Monday night. The best results came on the incoming tide, slowing at the high tide mark. Fishing slowed significantly past that point. The morning tide is a bit difficult, as there is no fishing prior to 6am limiting your ability to catch the morning incoming tide. Between the two of us we harvested eight reds. One gentleman near us was managing to catch about 5 fish to everyone else's one. He was using a regular hoop style net. He did have an extension making the total length of the rig approximately 26'. This seemed to get him a bit better positioned in the channel. I personally believe that the real reason for the success was his large full beard. I am growing one immediately.
Thank you again,
Knightpilot

[AOJ: I've got 26 feet of handle (two 10' + one 6') but the weight is so unmanageable unless you have fairly slack currents. 16 feet is enough for me as I'm taller than many folks and wade out a bit further to start with.]

ANGLER:  Chasin' Flies
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Billy's Hole
SPECIES:  Dolly and Sockeye

REPORT: Heard there were some fish in Billy's Hole, near Glacier Island, so decided it would be a good place to head with the wife and dog. Billy's Hole has a small sockeye run; I'm never fond of fishing small runs but really love this spot and could spend days just exploring the area. We camped on the boat for the weekend and did some fishing. Saw some Reds swimming around, but couldn't get any on the line. But there were THOUSANDS of Dolly's in the area. Really, the most I've ever seen! So did some fishing for them and kept one bigger Dolly that made an excellent dinner last night when we got back to Port. At low tide the Dolly's were hanging out in the weeds being chased by Seals, a pretty awesome sight to see the Seals chasing Dolly's towards shore and bombarding them, much like bottle-nose dolphins do in South Carolina (called strand feeding).

Fry pattern flies with a bit of weight worked well, as the Dolly's were hanging out at the bottom, but were hitting the surface chasing smaller fish. Snagged a few too, while trying to get a Red. Just remember in Billy's Hole there is a F&G marker near the waterfalls and anything on that side must be caught in the mouth.

ANGLER:  Daveak63
TRIP DATE:  7/15
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Creek - HOPE
SPECIES:  Pinks

REPORT: Want to take the little one out to catch their first salmon. Figured pinks in Hope was a good idea. I had a question does the tide matter when fishing is it better at a specific tide? high tide low tide etc. Thanks in advance for any advice.

[AOJ: The mouth is tidal so as the tide comes in the fish come in. The tidewater edge is also slack which makes casting and using spinners by kids just as easy as lake fishing. Its muddy until you get above tidewater elevation. Fish move into the flowing water and many will stage right there at the end of town for a while before moving further up the creek.

You should check Bertha Creek at the base of the mountain on Turnagain Arm before driving all the way to Hope. There is a pink run in that creek too and the holes right there around the old highway section can provide plenty of action if the fish are in. If not, keep truckin'.]

ANGLER:  Wouldyounot
TRIP DATE:  7/14
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER: 
SPECIES:  Thieves

REPORT:
    Had some gear stolen from my vehicle this weekend.
  • Ugly Stik 8ft with cheapo reel.
  • Ugly Stik 7.5 ft with Shakespeare reel.
  • Okuma SST 8Ft ultralight with a pfleuger president 25 reel
  • Penn Salt water reel 80pnd test white braided line
  • Trails end tent 4 man, blue.
  • Bottle of Bushmills 16 year single malt.
  • And my XDM .45 SN XDM94545BHC
  • APD case number 14-28629
  • I know it's a long shot, but I miss my fishing gear already!



If seen please call APD or my cell at 907-952-7549

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  TUESDAY 9AM UPDATE
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  FISHERIES STATUS
SPECIES:  Sockeye, Kings, Pinks

REPORT: TUESDAY 9AM NEWS:

  1. 1) Let me start by explaining all this THUMB TACK PINNING and UNPINNING and how these KK reports will float down the page.

    When I have important information that needs everyone to see and read I will PIN that post at the top of this Report page. All NEW Private Angler Reports will start directly below this under the RED line. When this becomes "old" news, or is replaced by fresh information, this report will be released to get pushed down the page just like all the other reports as new ones are added.

  2. As announced yesterday the DRIFT Fleet will be fishing today from 6am to 8pm in the Corridor but no closer than 1.5 miles from the high tide mark south of the Kenai and no closer than 1 mile from high tide north of the Kenai.
  3. TODAY - EO announcement allowing KASILOF DISTRICT Beach Site set nets that are in the strip from high tide mark to 1/2 mile out to fish for Kasilof River sockeye today from Noon to 9pm. OUTSIDE Nets beyond the 1/2 mile will not fish. And NO KENAI District nets at all will be fishing north or south of the river today. Well, that is, at this time. As noted, a major concentration of fish would trigger some fishing. But its not likely under current conditions and OTF for the area.
  4. KASILOF River Monday count was 8300 for a total of 250K.
  5. KENAI River Monday count was 23,000 for a total of 263K. 7AM Kenai count from midnight was 6000 reds through the counter. Starting out a SLOW DAY!

  6. Anchor Point SOUTH Boat OTF Monday was 18. Note the BIG drop after Sunday's 240 index. Another "spurt" of fish moving this way.

  7. NORTH Boat OTF for Monday was 43 which isn't very exciting. That's why Kenai Dist. beach nets are again drying on the beach today. Not big enough numbers to prompt an EO opening for them. But for dippers and sporties it means whatever is moving along the beaches will have a free ride into the river again today and until at the earliest Wednesday morning.

    And BEACH DIPPERS Please Note: Do Not Leave your fish waste on the beaches unless you want to see them closed down for CLEAN UP.
    THINK ABOUT THIS~!!! IF by chance we end up going to a 24/7 Dipnet Fishery by Emergency Order but the City of Kenai must CLOSE DOWN the beaches to clean up the fish waste left by uncaring dippers. . . .HEY, YOU LOSE!!! So if you don't want that to happen, PLEASE POLICE YOURSELVES and remember there are many thousands of dippers to follow you! OK?

    Last year you all did VERY WELL keeping most of the fish waste out in the Inlet and river so it would not accumulate and become a health hazard. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK THIS YEAR. Its your fishery!

    ALL DIPPERS: Watch out for PINKS in your catch. There have been PINKS confirmed in the Kenai River and the Kasilof River already this season. So if you don't want to use up one of your permited fish with a pink instead of a red, watch for those SPOTS IN THE TAIL and TINY SCALES.

    And BTW, Law Enforcement has stepped up its efforts to make sure everyone is clipping their tails and recording their fish catch on their DIPNET Permit before leaving the dipnet fishery, whether you are a boat or beach dipper. BE WARNED!

    Good Luck, Be Safe. WEAR YOUR PFDs.


ANGLER:  MI fly guy
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Creek - HOPE
SPECIES:  Pinks

REPORT: Hey KK,

Been a long time reader! First time posting. Thank you for all the hard work and information you provide! You are truly appreciated! As to questions on Resurrection Creek, Went to Hope on Saturday and fished the afternoon incoming tide above the bridge. There were a decent amount of pinks in river. Nothing too spectacular yet, but any day I'm sure. Great place to take the kids or visitors to build their confidence, or go and wear yourself out with a 5wt all day :)

[AOJ: Indeed that is a great place to take visitors to let them "practice" drifting coho flies and handling fish in fast water before throwing them to the wolves on the Kenai River for the red hoards. For many its the best fishing they have ever experienced to catch fish after fish after fish. And salmon at that. Thanks for the additional confirmation on the fish. Its kinda an out of the way place to drive to. But great for kids because its not jam-packed with people.]

ANGLER:  Akredkay
TRIP DATE:  7/14
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth - North Beach
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Fishing on Monday was a lot of pounding for not a lot of fish. We are still waiting for that big run. Waves were miserable and catching very slow most of the day. It sped up a little on the evening tide. The current made everybody work extra hard. A word for all those people heading down, expect combat fishing, we are shoulder to shoulder on the beach. Please be nice to your fellow fishers and limit the irritation by putting some tape over any screws or clips you have to hold your poles together. It will limit the snags and might even save your net. Well, getting ready to try again.

[AOJ: Scratching for fish will probably be the norm until the weekend fish arrive from Anchor Point. The last day of Minus Tides is Thursday 7/17 so the water conditions will start getting more favorable and less severe on outgoing tides after that.]

ANGLER:  Ak Fisher
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Any

REPORT: Stopped at Centennial in Soldotna couple bumps in an hour and half! Went to Kasilof nothing! Tired of the hit and miss game. Second run isn't running strong or a week early. Try again tomorrow, but figure Wednesday it's going to get crazy!

[AOJ: I'll take that bet~!]

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  MONDAY NOON UPDATE
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula & Anchorage & Valley
WATER:  FISHERIES STATUS
SPECIES:  Sockeye, Kings, Coho

REPORT: MONDAY NOON NEWS:

  1. 1) All active salmon run charts for the Valley and Peninsula fisheries updated through SUNDAY counts as well as the OTF number for the South Boat on Sunday.

  2. We are counting small numbers of COHO in Deshka, Little Su, and Fish Creek at the weirs now. Plus coho are arriving at Eklutna Tailrace. Cottonwood Creek and Wasilla Creek, both WEEKEND ONLY 6a-6p fisheries, should be seeing small numbers of salmon arriving in those drainages too. Don't fish on closed days. Troopers love nailing Cottonwood & Wasilla Cr anglers who break the law.

  3. King Salmon season is now closed on the Deshka and Little Su rivers.

  4. BIRD CREEK Opened Today! ADFG expects a pretty decent COHO return from a large smolt stocking in 2013.

    SHIP CREEK is open again to fishing for COHO Salmon. King salmon accidentally caught MAY NOT BE RETAINED.

    I have heard that JIM CREEK SOCKEYE have arrived today. And actually I just received the photo PROOF I'll be posting in the Private Angler Reports page for Sourdo55. SEE BELOW!

  5. PINKS are in at Hope on Resurrection Creek.

  6. The first few days of sockeye counts on FISH Creek are coming in at nearly 500% over the long term average counts to this date. I will be adding a Run Projection to the run chart when enough data is available to take a peek at the possibilities of that dipnet fishery opening this year.

  7. The Upper KENAI and RUSSIAN RIVERS go back to THREE Reds per day starting Tuesday 7/15. Also I will be switching over to the RR Late Sockeye Run chart on July 15th counts.

  8. Cook Inlet Beach Site set net commfishing is in a WATCH & WAIT mode allowing Kenai kings to hopefully build up escapement counts to dodge the next EO restrictions bullet. ADFG can't let many more fish in the river without thinning them down some. They are operating on a day to day, short notice schedule. In my assessment at the very least the current 36 hrs. max. beach set net fishing per week will persist through the rest of the season with more restrictions pending based on how the king counts continue to develop.

    There is however, as you have read below, what APPEARS to be the beginning of the Kasilof and Kenai SOCKEYE SURGE starting to pass through the Anchor Point test boat area Sunday. Continued BIG numbers on the following days will be a definite indication that a major pulse of fish will be hitting both rivers by the weekend and beyond. A ONE DAY big number followed by a big drop off will result in what we saw with the 217 school. Dispersal of the fish over a couple days entering the river. So everyone will be watching those AP South Boat numbers for some solid indexes over the next several days. Sharpen those dipnets!

  9. Before you even ask, the entire KENAI RIVER remains at THREE reds per day, 6 in possession limit as soon as the upper Kenai goes back to 3 at midnight. Nothing changes unless there are additional Emergency Orders issued to change the game plan.

    Good Luck, Be Safe. WEAR YOUR PFDs.


ANGLER:  Joey
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Boat dipping...two nets, 80 in 6 hours on two tides with comm fish out Saturday AM...not too shabby.

ANGLER:  Fishingking101
TRIP DATE:  7/14
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Reds and Kings

REPORT: Went to Eklutna Today, found a spot to myself, then started fishing. Was using a #4 Vibrax and landed a jack then released it carefully. Continued to do that for another 30 minutes then switched to a fly and started flipping or reds. Hooked one then lost it and then called it quits after a hour of that. There where plenty of fish jumping but couldn't get them to bite much. A quick question, the report by flyxx just said the pinks are in at Hope, does anyone know anything more about it?

[AOJ: Nope, that's all I got. On a long shot maybe this week's ADFG Weekly Fishing Report might mention something. Its kinda in Limbo Land. Not really Anchorage area, not really Resurrection Seward area, and too far away from the Soldotna report area.]


ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  7/14
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Kings, Coho and Sockeye

REPORT: Fished from 4pm to 8:30 using some of the Kenai Krill Killers and they worked great! 10min in had a sockeye on and lost him.. 3 casts later had a king take the fly, landed him and gently released him. Hooked into a few more sockeye before it went dead. One guy fell in and was seconds away from drowning before his buddy grabbed him so make sure your careful! No fish or trip is worth yours or someone else's life!!

ANGLER:  Tap915
TRIP DATE:  7/14
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Man it felt I was going through a withdrawal from not fishing lol. Finally Ship Creek was open today and I decided to hit the outgoing tide right after work. I fished by the railroad and stairs and fouled hook a small silver. An hr passed and nothing so I went to a spot where I caught all my kings and it paid off. I landed 2 silvers one jack and a king. I was having a good day of fishing and I could have limited out plus a proxy. I had to cut it short my herniated disc was making it impossible and very uncomfortable for me to fish. Anywho heading there tomorrow after work again and this time I will limit out. Tight lines everyone.


ANGLER:  This Butt's For You
TRIP DATE:  7/12-14
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Dipnetted at Kenai on Saturday, Sunday, and then a couple of hours Monday morning. 15 over the 3 days. Not what I hoped, but still nice to have the first Kenai fish in the cooler. The middle of the tides seemed to be the best timing.


ANGLER:  -JuanTamad-
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Klutina River
SPECIES:  REDS

REPORT: My buddies and I went to our favorite spot, started fishing around 9pm! On my 2nd cast - BAM!!! Fish on! Angler 1 - limited with proxy Angler 2 - limited with proxy Angler 3 - limited

Tight lines everyone - fishes are big!
-Juan Tamad-




ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  10AM MONDAY MORNING UPDATE
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula & Anchorage
WATER:  FISHERIES STATUS
SPECIES:  Sockeye, Kings, Coho

REPORT: 10AM MONDAY MORNING NEWS:
  1. SUNDAY Anchor Point South Boat OTF was 240. North Boat did not fish again due to mechanical problems. I'm sure ADFG Commfish has as much concern about the reliability of the North Boat to provide the OTF numbers as the dipping and sport fishing user groups who can potentially use those same numbers for maximizing their own planning and harvest success.

    Not knowing when numbers like yesterday's south boat 240 school and the huge numbers yet to follow will be arriving in the Kasilof and Kenai districts really presents a problem for F&G to pick the best fishing days or times with the current restrictions in place. Not to mention the other two user groups who will be playing an important role this year in knocking down escapement numbers too.

  2. Today the DRIFT Fleet is fishing a normal scheduled 7am to 7pm period in Area 1 and the Kasilof/Kenai expanded corridor.

    BEACH SITES ARE NOT FISHING MONDAY in the Kasilof and Kenai Districts. A restricted near-shore or Special Harvest zone fishery around the Kasilof River is always a possibility for targeting Kasilof sockeye for escapement control by those set netters.

  3. Kenai King salmon numbers over the past few days have remained flat in the range which earlier days produced. Numbers should have continued to build on a normal run each day so I expect the Run Projection to drop below the minimum escapement goal of 15,000 when numbers are released on Tuesday (thru Monday counts). This is a quandary for ADFG Commfish. Today is when 25% of the average run would be inriver. With flat counts these past few days it might typically trigger the next EO restrictions. But since we are finishing a huge minus tide set they know kings hold back on monster tides and move up the Inlet on the Neap (smaller) tide sets. But can they WAIT and SEE what the neap tides bring into the river? That would put their action plan delayed to the end of this week and by Friday 40% of the run would typically be inriver with this timing. The only salvation is low catch rates by king salmon sport anglers and the big slug not hitting the rivers until near the end of the week that will require fishing the nets one way or the other.

  4. KASILOF River count for Sunday was 4300. The Monday 7am count from midnight was 2300.

  5. KENAI River sockeye count for Sunday was 32,000. The Monday 7am count from midnight was 7000. Sunday's jump in sockeye counts is most likely what remained of the 217 school. Missed it by a day. Sunday night anglers at Swiftwater did well.

  6. OTF Charts and Kasilof & Kenai rivers sockeye charts updated through Sunday for now. Working on all the other runs later this morning.

  7. Today is the OPENING of SHIP CREEK for coho fishing.

  8. REMINDER: UPPER KENAI and RUSSIAN RIVER go back to THREE REDS per day beginning TUESDAY July 15th!

Good Luck, Good Fishing, Good Dipping, and DRIVE SAFELY.


ANGLER:  Sourdo55
TRIP DATE:  7/14
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  JIM Creek
SPECIES:  REDS!!!!!

REPORT: Two days ago I was out at Jim Creek, saw one or two rollers. One fellow next to me (very few people) caught a silver (I didn't see it), but it was his birthday so as it is! Yesterday I saw a "handful" of rollers, caught nothing.

But today was pure bliss! I arrived at 7 AM. Weather was perfect, calm and partly cloudy. Fish were rolling everywhere. There wasn't a soul in site!!!

Man my heart was pounding but I couldn't get a bite at first because I'm thinking Coho's. Once I calmed down and got myself into "Red mode" things started happening. Gotta feel the subtle bite man!

By 11 AM I had my limit and my proxy's limit. Sweet!

I was using my TFO #8 flyrod, no weight, 8 feet of leader with an orange/white fly. Before that I tried all kinds of flies, but the orange seemed to be the "fly de jour".
Good luck!

[AOJ: Always nice to be the "first kid on the block" to hit the day the scouts arrive and no one else there to compete with. SAVOR THE MOMENT, the STAMPEDE is about to begin. :-)]


ANGLER:  Kardinal_84
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai - Swiftwater Park
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: So I had my 30th year reunion for KCHS on Saturday. So not much fishing. But my GF is obsessed with landing big fish and so once I got done with our reunion, she says "Let's go fishing!" Whaaa?? It's 11pm? Ok. Why not!

Lines in the water around midnight. Fished till 1:30am when another angler's fish in the dark wraps my GF legs and down she goes! Well she had landed a nice fish by then so she calls it a night. I personally hooked 5 but managed only one to shore in the hour and a half.

So here's a different picture ya don't see everyday here in Alaska during summer sockeye season...darkness! haha.

So your observations were spot on. GF will be down in Kenai early this week and I plan to take time off by the end of the week!

LET THE CHAOS BEGIN!!!!!

ANGLER:  YoungAOB
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai - Swiftwater
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Went down to Soldotna with my buddy last night around 9pm and fished on the stairs. Saw a couple fish here and there jumping and then around 10pm-12am everyone was pretty much getting action. I managed to limit out along with my proxy. Buddy only caught one fish but hooked several, felt bad for him lol. But it was a great suicide run, gonna come back again tomorrow to try my luck. Tight lines!

ANGLER:  FSHDOC
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Valdez
SPECIES:  Halibut

REPORT: I went to Valdez Friday after work to catch a 5:45 am charter Saturday morning. After a 3 hour boat ride we started fishing southeast of Montague island in 80 feet of water using jigs tipped with herring. What a blast! We caught 3 over a hundred pounds and 2 over 60 pounds, plus our little second fish. It was a beautiful day and a very scenic drive in to valdez, a nice change of pace that I would highly recommend. Time for some filet and release now!

Fishdoc.

[AOJ: VALDEZ produces some major halibut catches not to mention the tremendous pink and coho runs that come back to the Sound and Allison Point each year. Definitely overlooked and underrated for sure.]

ANGLER:  day/early/late
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai - Swiftwater
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Fished Swiftwater 8pm to midnight. I saw some jumpers and movement and about 15 fishermen. Guy next to me from Seattle caught his limit between 10pm and 11pm. We hooked on to two. People fishing at the first steps downriver had lots of activity about the same time as the Seattle person. I had a cheap reel that broke in the middle of the activity. Definitely fish there but not in the great numbers I heard about. I could not get to the current with the reel so I fished the slackwater most of the time.

[AOJ: Sunday's Kenai sockeye count thru midnight came in at 31,000.]

ANGLER:  Northernceltic
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Thank you KK, I have been fishing reds for years and your articles and fly works great. 6 in a row now in the mouth with poor water conditions...it works.

[AOJ: I just dropped off some glow-in-the-dark krill flies with y0gee and his group at Swiftwater tonight at midnight. Waiting to see how they turn out before he heads back to town to go to work. A few fish are moving through at midnight with a couple of his friends bagging a fish each so far. I always like catching those reds in the nose. So much easier to control that's for sure.]

ANGLER:  AK Mark
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye/Red Salmon

REPORT: Fly fishing for Reds at Morgan's Landing Sunday evening. Between My self and a buddy we hooked up 5 fish, landed one nice hen in an hour and a half. Saw a few jumpers, no one else as far as we could see on either side of the river were catching sockeye.

Was out Saturday at Morgan's and the water was as muddy as I have ever seen it, whole trees floating down the river as well as everything but the kitchen sink. No hookups. Today the river was much clearer, not muddy. Looking for the big push of Sockeyes this week and river levels dropping a little!

[AOJ: Viz can get a whole lot worse. Sunday was 17 inches in Soldotna. I've measured it when it was THREE inches of visibility. Absolute pure mud pouring out of the Killey River drainage. I'm just waiting to see what the results will be in the river from the forest fire burn off of all the ground cover. So far things don't have any black ash tint to the color which hopefully means there is little ash washing in.]

ANGLER:  PalmerAngler
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Trout

REPORT: Fishing on the Russian for Trout was good on Sunday 7/13. Small flesh flies under an indicator were the ticket. Also caught fish on beaded flies. Lots of small fish, caught one thick 18 incher. Every fish seemed to be abnormally acrobatic, which made for an incredible day.

ANGLER:  Ak_fisher_man
TRIP DATE:  7/12-13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Well got the call Saturday afternoon 7/12 from friend to come dipping/camping Sat/Sun. Okay, I am game, I never dipped and camped in one visit, usually just a very early day trip. We got there at 6:30 p.m. at the North Shore and dipped from 7:30 after unloading all the camping gear, food, kitchen sink (holey moley- it is only one night people!) got to dipping around 7:45 p.m. right off the parking lot campground area with no result after an hr. Got call from other friends that were down there dipping Saturday night too and said head toward the mouth for reds. Okay. Right call even with the combat dipping at full speed ahead at its best or worst depending on how you looked at it. We both managed to get 10 reds each - 20 total for our group. All stopped dipping at 10:30 since we had not started fileting the 20 fish yet.

Sunday 7/13 Got 10 more fish with 2 nets from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and called it a day at the river mouth further upstream. Not very hot, but we were so beat up from the current from the Kenai River on outgoing tide, it was called a wrap. Maybe tonight (Sunday night or Monday/Tuesday will be the wall of fish from 7/6 217 OTF index). All in all 15 reds a piece for 2 families. Some slab sided male reds in the mix too. Had to cut a few filet into 1/4 sections since they were so deep in girth.

Going again on Wednesday with another dipper who has red salmon fever and rod/reel on Friday with another friend who wants to sport fish for reds on the Kenai. So many fish, so little time. Drive carefully.

[AOJ: There are fish on the horizon! ]

ANGLER:  Peacabo
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River @ Swiftwater
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Hey KK, finally tried those Kenai Krill Killers and I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw a red strike a bait since I thought all these years of salmon fishing that reds don't actually grab lures or flies. Friday night when our group got into the water at Swiftwater, it was almost dead but after a few casts using my KKK, a red suddenly strike it. Although it was the only fish I caught that night, I was the only one who came up with a fish (I even beat y0gee!) and bragged about my secret weapon. I made a killing the next morning but unfortunately, I lost most of my krill killers due to line breaking and lots of submerged branches. It's time to make some more, and yes, you made me a believer about reds striking lures and above all, these Kenai Krill Killers are awesome and deadly! Again, thanks for sharing us this secret weapon of yours!

[AOJ: If nothing else, the legally weighted fly will perform so much better than rigging up an ounce of lead to drag down a fluffy coho fly in these rising waters.

And speaking of y0gee, he just made another suicide run down here this evening. Already in Sterling fishing but haven't heard how he is doing yet. Whoops, 2 hrs there and it was dead. He's heading into town and Swifties.

I tied him up some glow-in-the-dark Krill Killers since much of his fishing time is at night before heading back to town for work the next day. If I can get ahold of him I may shuttle them over for him to give them a workout and see what the results will be. A friend of his at Swiftwater just now said it was picking up at 11pm.]

ANGLER:  HomerJack
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River - Dipping North Beach
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Dipped North Beach from 11AM till 7:30PM. Total 7 fish on in net, five of them during brief spurt on evening slack tide. VERY SLOW for everyone all day. Around 3 dozen people in water on whole beach most of day.

[AOJ: Good news is on the horizon.]

ANGLER:  mud dawg
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof River - Dipping
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Dipped 2 1/2 hrs, 2 nets, 24 reds.

ANGLER:  Memphis
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth
SPECIES:  What ever landed in the net.

REPORT: Went down for the weekend. Got there late Fri night, no time to put the nets in. Heard it was ok from 9-11pm. Out in the water at 6:15am on sat the 12th. Got a nice red right off the bat then it went cold.... Very cold. Fished all day 1 red and 3 flounder till the high tide about 7pm then it warmed up. Got 12 in about 3.5 hrs. Late night. Got a total for 20 fish all day between me and a buddie. Up again on Sun for the 6am tide change. Fished till about 930am we got another 10 fish combined for a total for 30 fish between two of us. Total of 21 hrs of fishing time and 30 reds between 2 nets.

On a side note I think those comm guys were getting all the fish. That 217 school may have been out there close because the gill netters were heading back in about 8am on Sun, that's only 2 hrs of fishing for them before they were coming back in with assuming a full load of fish to drop off at the processors.

[AOJ: Well its not likely those boats had loads from that morning. You have to realize at 8am they would have also had travel time from wherever they were fishing back to the harbor. That may have been an hour of running right there. And the amount of fish to fill a boat would take longer than an hour to pick a thousand fish from the nets and secure the load and gear to run back. They may have been fishing further south on the day before til 7pm and laid over at Ninilchik or Kasilof before coming back to the Kenai. A good way to know if they have a lot of fish is how low they are running in the water and if they are pushing a bow wave under full power. Of course the fish tickets report on Monday will tell how the fleet did. With the low numbers both in Kasilof and Kenai we are probably just at a lull in fish movement. Other than that one big day in Anchor Point there have been no significant pushes of fish up the Inlet yet.]

ANGLER:  Billygoch
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai - Swiftwater
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Followed your advice and hit soldotna really early this morning was at swiftwater at 445 am. The hard decision was to hit Bings or Swift based on Ur prediction. When we got to Swiftwater I immediately saw a fish on so that got me excited. We must have hit the tail end because for a hour it was hot then just spurts until we left at 1130. We got 6 and lost a dozen each. Thank you for the pretty spot on assessment last night. We probably would have nailed it at Bings I don't know but. Either way was fun to get into fish. I'm sure this week will be heavy. Thanks again.

ANGLER:  flyxx
TRIP DATE:  7/10
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Resurrection Creek - HOPE
SPECIES:  Pinks

REPORT: THE PINKS ARE IN AT RESURRECTION CREEK AT HOPE!

ANGLER:  Ak_fisherman
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Lost Fly Rod

REPORT: Decide to try out luck at Eklutna. The heat didn't help. There were lots of people, the water was above the bank. We didn't have any luck.. We decided to try Lil Su. I forgot that my Ugly Stick 8/9 wt fly rod was leaning against the car. Needless to say I didn't realize I didn't have it until we had reached the Lil Su. If you have this rod please call 414-1531 or 315-7676.

ANGLER:  dirty north
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Silvers and Kings

REPORT: Well fished fromm 11pm to about 230am and the fish were rolling but not biting. Saw some kings caught, well snagged I guess and they were all pretty rotten. Really nothing amazing to speak of ... gonna try to hit Jim Creek and see if any reds have made a little push up that direction. Well good luck yall and tight lines.

ANGLER:  Pinkhatgirl
TRIP DATE:  7/6
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: 4 of us hiked from the boat launch to a beach upriver. Very fun and everyone was successful. I decided to carry my fish to the cleaning table near the boat launch rather than clean on the beach. When I got to the launch, no table. Someone said it was below the counter so carcasses wouldn't be counted but wasn't there either. Asked some folks who were dipping below the bridge and they said "they" (I assumed F&G) took it out. Well, I proceeded to clean my fish on the beach anyway. A Fish and Game employee came by and I asked him why they removed the table and he told me it had been STOLEN! Wow, there's got to be a special place in HELL for this thief. Unbelievable.

[AOJ: WEllll, maybe it was stolen. Pretty tough to do with ADFG sonar folks there 24/7 running the equipment. There has been a continuing problem with halibut anglers coming back from Homer and Deep Creek stopping there and cleaning all their halibut and tossing the carcasses in the river. Salmon carcasses are GOOD for the river. Saltwater fish carcasses BAD! You can INFECT the river system by bringing in parasites or disease on those "foreign" saltwater fish and dumping them in the river. Salmon are part of the river ecosystem so genetics has programmed immunity into the salmon fry and juveniles rearing in the river against things their parents may bring in from the sea. But halibut and rockfish can contain many other infectious parasites or diseases not common to the salmon stocks. So I'd say they were removed, one way or the other, for a good reason.]

ANGLER:  kenaidipper
TRIP DATE:  7/13
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT:
DIP NET PARKING... just finished dipping and only paid $15 to park across the street from the city's baseball-overflow parking lot. I think it is the old anchor trailer park.


[AOJ: I sure wish we knew how you did.]

ANGLER:  dumbfox
TRIP DATE:  7/11
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Deep Creek
SPECIES:  Halibut

REPORT: Had my boys up from Oregon helping my wife and I move from Fairbanks to the Peninsula. Sockeyes were slow on the Funny River road, so we took my boat out for a maiden voyage for Halibut in the Deep Creek area. Putting in was SLICK. We brined up some herring and went with boat rods for the boys and a lighter rod for good ol' Dad. The first and the biggest was on the light rod and a blast. We were done in an hour and filleted out about 50 or so pounds of halibut (guessing heavy). Froze them and the boys hauled a bunch home. Thanked me clear to Portland. Can't wait for the wife and I to get back out when the tides are under 25 feet!



ANGLER:  Larry
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Homer
SPECIES:  Kings, Halibut and Pinks, Pinks, and more Pinks

REPORT: Four of us fished off Flat Island all day. Limits of small halibut, largest was 30#. Finding the smaller keeper was the task. Tons of pinks, landed 20 or so in a couple of hours in the afternoon. Three keeper kings and a jack in the mix. Largest was 28# caught on a friend's heritage rig and bent the handle. He's happy it's retiring with a badge of honor, I'm feeling guilty.

Thanks for the great site as usual!

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  9AM SATURDAY 7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River King & Sockeye Status Report
SPECIES:  The Present and the Future

REPORT: 9AM SATURDAY BREAKING NEWS:

There is now a SATURDAY 8PM Late Breaking News UPDATE below the 10am update:

Well if you have been following my analyses and predictions throughout this week this information should come as no surprise to you. (Read down the Timeline posts for the sequence of events and see additional discussions, forecasts, and predictions in the Private Anglers Reports page on AOJ website.)

1) ADFG Commfish, in an effort to reduce further harvest of Kenai King salmon WILL NOT fish the KENAI District set nets on SATURDAY. So those nearshore reds and kings staging for entry into the river will have free run today. The DRIFT FLEET WILL be fishing Saturday 7am to 7pm as announced last night but they maintain a minimum of 1.5 miles from the beach south of the Kenai and 1 mile from the beach if fishing north of the Kenai.

2) To control escapement numbers into the KASILOF River the beach sites in the KASILOF District WILL FISH from 10am to 7pm on Saturday to target Kasilof sockeye.

3) Because the Kenai King run continues to show weakness, further declines in numbers or too many kings harvested by sport anglers in the river could lead to further restrictions on the King Fishery EARLY NEXT WEEK. I suspect the determination will be made perhaps as early as Monday to prevent sport harvest on Super Tuesday but that is just MY speculation especially in light of the fact that the next level of restrictions would SLAM the beach siters in the wallet in a major way. So there would be no justification in allowing the Sport Anglers "One More Day" of king harvest on Tuesday when pending doom is about to fall on the commfishers. Fair is Fair. If its bad, lets just bite the bullet and switch to guided sockeye fishing. The guides are already prepared to make that switch for their clients and fish boxes full of reds make all anglers happy campers none-the-less.

The next "batch" of king salmon sonar counts thru Monday will be released on Tuesday. At that point 26% of the run will be inriver based on the normal timing trend I'm seeing and that should be enough data and statistical trend to trigger further ADFG actions IF WARRANTED. Personally the Southcentral wide trend of king salmon runs in other streams as well as the current performance of the July king run indicate the run will have no appreciable "surprises" to offset pending additional restrictions. But read above, I don't think allowing Super Tuesday harvest on the kings would be fair to the comm group if restrictions are forthcoming. We are already so low in king counts (2100 to date which is the LOWEST RECORDED counts in 29 years) many guides are even saying "GET IT OVER WITH" so we can adjust and move on.

4) IF the next level of protection is required for the Kenai king run, it would trigger AT MINIMUMS going to Catch and Release in the sport fishery and reducing the Kasilof/Kenai Districts beach site set nets to a MAXIMUM of 12 Hours of fishing time PER WEEK for the rest of the season. If or when this action is taken, I suspect there will be additional announcements that will increase harvest opportunities for the Dipnetters and the Sport Anglers. Again, DON'T ASK ME WHEN! Just pay attention to what I am passing on to everyone and READ BETWEEN THE LINES.

5) IF a restriction went beyond CnR and initiated full closure of the King sport fishery then the beach site set net season would end. I don't think the run is in that bad of shape bouncing on the lower end of the escapement goal and CnR and commfish net time reductions should "stabilize" the incoming numbers to make the minimums. Pure speculation and gut feeling here but I'm not an amateur as you know.

6) THE FUTURE: With the vulnerability of the king counts when ANY Kenai District set net commfishing is occurring and because we are at such an extremely delicate tipping point where just a few fish one way or the other may or may not trigger actions I can't say what SUNDAY commfish decisions will be. The Calendar and Clock RESET for a new week. So there is 36 new hours in the bank to fish the beaches. Again, ADFG Commfish needs to pull all the stops to TRY and dodge the bullet on the kings and at this early stage of the Kenai red run they may have the flexibility to hold off fishing on Sunday just to see if it can help the king numbers. If it buys them even one additional day of beach fishing with the majority of the Kenai sockeye run yet to come, it could be worth the "gamble." It will depend on the OTF indexes for the North Boat out from the rivers and whether a massive surge of fish would be likely Sunday. If its not big OTF numbers I will speculate the Kenai District would not fish Sunday either. We are in extreme tides with lots of mud flats showing and not catching fish when the nets are dry as well as the ripping currents make beach nets less effective too.

10AM UPDATE: The OTF numbers came in for FRIDAY July 11th for the North Boat. The Kasilof Test Line was 44 and the Kenai Test Line was 76. The combined test fishing was a 121 OTF. But with the bulk of the fish already in the Kenai area it appears there is going to be some very good numbers hitting the river this weekend. Remember that on Friday the test boat had rough weather and that DRIVES FISH DEEP so the true numbers of fish out there off the river are likely HIGHER than the OTF counts indicate. Its possible the Kenai beach sites might fish Sunday but it depends on how efficient the Drift Fleet is at cutting down those numbers during Saturday's period that are headed to the Kenai.


8PM UPDATE: As I expected ADFG Commfish WILL NOT FISH KENAI DISTRICT SET NETS ON SUNDAY. There will be NO Kasilof District beach site nets fishing on Sunday either. The DRIFT FLEET will fish from 6am to 8pm on Sunday in the expanded Kasilof/Kenai corridor. Beach fish will again have continuous FREE RUN into BOTH RIVERS on Sunday and into MONDAY.

7) BOTTOM LINE: Everything is day to day short notice game plan decisions by ADFG at this time. EXPECT the Drift Fleet to fish HARD for the maximum allowable Monday/Thursday periods and for the maximum allowable EO extra fishing time the management plan allows to keep the Kenai sockeye numbers in check. Quite a while ago I told everyone this would be the CATCH UP SUMMER for Sporties and Dippers!!

Good luck, Good Dipping, Good Fishing. And DRIVE SAFELY Please.


ANGLER:  Ak Fisher
TRIP DATE:  7/10
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Silvers, Reds, kings

REPORT: Hey there old timer how you doing? Read a previous post at the Eklutna Tailrace from akson40 about silvers but looked like a Jim Creek red to me from the pic! Lol. Any way fished 5 a.m. landed old red/purple king maybe ten pounds released it needless to say. Caught two jacks dime bright which I ate for lunch. Saw few others land some reds and one silver, I actually put eyes on. I was using purple egg sucking leech and a pink one, bobber and eggs about foot and half below the bobber. Lot of jacks every king fishery I've hit this season. Couldn't believe silvers being caught already here in my neck of the woods. I need some reds boss I'll be heading your way when I see some promising reports or numbers on run charts!

ANGLER:  JW79
TRIP DATE:  7/11
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Took a better part of the day but we managed 21 fish between 4 if us, had lots of fun not much of a crowd to contend with.

[AOJ: I suspect this was actually at the Russian River and not the Kenai since its crystal clear water. :-) ]

ANGLER:  Fishinforfish
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof River - Dipping
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: We went to the north side of Kasilof mouth dip netting. Two of us fished from 2pm-6pm and got no fish. However, we saw others standing around us net a few fish, some landed more than a few. We had our nets in the water the whole time along side everyone else, but apparently we didn't have luck on our side today. There was one of the largest crowds I have seen dip netting today. I'm done for this week, but ready to try again next weekend. I might need to a luckier partner to fish with next week or a little pixie dust sprinkled on my net so I don't wind up empty handed again.

[AOJ: For the Kasilof you should be fishing a 60" hoop and at least 16 feet of handle. Its a big difference. 3 friends fished Kasilof on Friday. They got 50 between the 3 of them in 5 hours. The smaller 48" net guy got 6 fish. The two guys with 60" hoops got the rest. If you are a beach dipper 60" and a 16' to 20' handle is the ONLY way to go. I've got two Mike's Welding nets. One 52" with 6' handle for in the boat and one 60" with 16' when I'm in the mud.]

ANGLER:  Alaskan43v3r
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof River - Dipping
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: I always dipnet on the north side. I would like try the south side and also Kasilof. Driving direction would be helpful and appreciated. Thanks.

[AOJ: PAGE 15 in the Regs Booklet.]

ANGLER:  Fishonbruceak
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Hit Big Eddy at 1:30pm and flipped for a couple hours before any action. Starting at about 3:30pm fishing became moderate and steady. Four limits were taken, finishing at 5:30. Water running deep and murky. Good mix of hens and bucks 6 to 10 lbs on spring scale. Fished the Kenai Krill, other flash patterns, and candy apple all with equal success. One ounce weight and slow drifts. Rolled twice as many as we landed. A net is a must!! fish on!!

ANGLER:  Akson40
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: 5:30 Fished near the power plant Silvers jumping all over only seen one other guy with a fish. Orange Spinners seem to work. Going to eat this guy and head back.

[AOJ: As they say, there's more where that came from.]

ANGLER:  Keifer
TRIP DATE:  7/12
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai River
SPECIES:  Swiftwater Reds

REPORT: Three of us fished at Swiftwater in Soldotna from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00p. Only four hookups between us and only one fish. One lady hooked a king and popped it off (exciting). It appears very slow up and down the river.

[AOJ: Well you better sharpen those hooks and get back out there later today. Here is the 3PM Report from Tower Rock Lodge down by the Pillars that I got this afternoon. Fish are on their way through Soldotna.

3PM LOWER KENAI REPORT:

The reds coming in from last night and this morning are up above Eagle Rock and beyond. Tower Rock Lodge has reported guests have caught over 20 in the past couple hours now. So SOLDOTNA should see fishable numbers moving up the river as the afternoon and evening progresses. Sterling area not until SUNDAY for any decent numbers. Probably later in the day at that.

P.S. The Kenai River in Soldotna is now ABOVE the average summer peak level and into the grassline. Visibility was down to 16 inches this morning and getting worse. Be very careful wading. Its deep and fast.]


ANGLER:  Mike
TRIP DATE:  7/11
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth - North Beach
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Went and dipped with my parents today at the Kenai. We hit the north shore. Dipping was slow in the morning. Had about 8 with one net in the water during the first tide. We got 7 more on the incoming afternoon tide. Then it was dead until 6:30ish. After that it got pretty hot! With 2 (sometimes 3)nets in the water we got 47 more by 10:30 pm. Grand total was 62 reds.

ANGLER:  db cooper
TRIP DATE:  7/11
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth - North Beach
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Very slow going into low, occasionally getting fish. 2 per hour conga line. 11am.
Corked by set netters?

[AOJ: NOPE. No beach nets have been fishing since Wednesday until this Saturday morning. Keep track of who and when nets are fishing with the Commfish Calendar schedule that is posted as a link in the SIDE MENU on this page.]

ANGLER:  astes1
TRIP DATE:  7/11
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River dipnetting - Boat
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Dipped from a boat between 1pm and 4pm today and managed 17 fish. It wasn't hot but one of them sure tasted good on the grill this evening. Good luck to everyone over the weekend.

ANGLER:  Skydiver
TRIP DATE:  7/11
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River dipnetting - Boat
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: 2-3 nets in the water 6 AM until 8 PM. From a boat. 44 total, or an average of 3 fish per hour. Brutally slow. Worst in the morning, a little better in the afternoon. Then zip 6-8 PM.

[AOJ: ADFG Commfish won't make a decision on whether the beach nets will fish on Saturday until Saturday morning. Can't start earlier than 7am and it will be low tide and mud flats so they can't catch fish until the tide starts in. So announcement will be made around 8am. Saturday morning dipping should improve as the drift fleet was hampered by the severe weather this morning and many boats didn't leave the harbor until the afternoon flood tide to fish. All in all numbers should improve Saturday with maybe a big bump IF the 217 school arrives.

TO FISHHOG: Try REFRESHING your page! You are viewing a cached copy from last year.

ANGLER:  some guy
TRIP DATE:  7/11
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye (Reds)

REPORT: A buddy and I headed out early this morning to Lower Kenai- Soldotna area to see if we could duplicate or better our trip a couple days ago. Get to the river and things were looking pretty good to start: cloudy but NOT raining, water was a bit higher than 2 days ago but still not too bad.

Fishing started off extremely slow but in 4 hours had 4 huge reds between the two of us (already matching our previous trip: 3 and 1). Since I hadn't limited yet I wanted to get at least one more before calling it a day. 2 hours later, "Fish on!!" Missed 2 more hook ups less than 15 minutes later but the final one eluded me yet again. Oh well there's always another day.

All in all a great day of fishing!




~KLONDIKE KID'S FISHING SYNOPSIS & PREDICTIONS~

WEAK JULY KENAI KING RUN: This is the reason ADFG has had to issue Emergency Orders affecting dippers (no king retention), sporties (no bait fishing) and the Commfish beach sites (restricted to 36 hrs. maximum allowed fishing time per week). So the discussion starts with this variable which can still change the "Game Plan" for everyone between now and the end of king season and commfish season.

We have the first 7 days of data for the Kenai king run now. That equates to approximately 9% of the run inriver by this time under normal timing trends. Personally I see we are tracking a normal timing trend up to now. Based on the current sonar counts, the run is projecting by my personal calculations 16,933 kings without deducting the sport angler harvest in the river. The Escapement Goal Range is 15,000 to 30,000. As a comparative reference the Early Kenai King run escapement range is 5300 to 9000. The early run was closed to all fishing (zero harvest) and the sonar final count came to 5311 and the run appeared to have a normal timing trend. Using that as a correlation, the July run is teetering on the borderline of additional restrictions if the sport harvest is enough to reduce the escapement levels to below minimums. If sport catch remains low then we would remain at the current EO restrictions for all user groups through July. But if the run strength declines even a small amount the next restriction for sport anglers would be going to Catch and Release and the Commfish Beach Site group would be restricted to 12 HOURS PER WEEK and a reduction in the number of nets they can fish. If the run really crashed then the final restriction would be closure of the fishery and closure of Beach Site commfish season.

Its too early to tell just where we will end up based on the small amount of data we presently know but I'm leaning in the direction that the current restrictions of No Bait and a 36 Hour beach site max. fishing time per week will persist through the month of July at the least. I just don't see any numbers bounce for the July kings when you look at all the other Kenai Peninsula king runs as well as the Deshka and Little Su trends. I feel there is a significant possibility of going to the next level of EOs - we are on the cutting edge of crossing the line. By next week it may become apparent.

COMMERCIAL FISHING GROUPS: Dippers and Sporties need to understand the complications of the Sockeye and Chinook Management Plans. The current EO restricts the BEACH SITES but NOT the Drift Fleet. The Drift Fleet group fish areas offshore and harvest a minimal amount of Kenai King salmon compared to the beach site nets. So the Drift Fleet is under a NORMAL commfishing schedule giving them Mondays and Thursdays from 7am to 7pm every week plus additional fishing time by Emergency Order. That is why you are going to see the drift boats heading out of the river to fish on a number of days each week. The beach sites on the other hand will only fish 36 hours per week no matter how many fish may be pushing up the beaches towards the two rivers. That is unless additional restrictions are imposed when more king data is available.

SOCKEYE SALMON RUNS: The Kasilof River sockeye run up through July 7th has passed approximately 195,000 fish, which is the highest estimated passage measured through this date. The escapement goal range is 160,000 to 390,000. As you can see we have already exceeded the minimum goal. Due to the restrictions on beach site nets which are the major escapement control for the Kasilof River sockeye run, Department projections are indicating the run counts may top out at over 500,000 through the counter this summer. This is the reason for the early EO announcement expanding the dipnet area on the river up to the Sterling Hiway Bridge and increasing the sport angler daily limit to SIX reds per day.

The Kenai River sockeye run up through July 7th was 110,000 fish, which is the second highest passage measured in the Kenai River through this date. The escapement goal range is 700,000 to 1,200,000. With the current commfish restrictions and the preseason forecast for a strong run, I see the escapement goals will be exceeded. That in itself will trigger additional management measures to increase user group harvests by expanding dipnet hours and increasing sport angler daily bag limits. DON'T ASK WHEN THAT WILL HAPPEN! I will speculate that if the next level of restrictions are imposed on the King fishery which would reduce the beach sites to 12 hours per week, the EO for dipping and sport fishing should be announced at the same time since it would be obvious those restrictions would mean busting through our escapement goals.

COMMFISH CALENDAR PAGE: I have added some additional information on the page explaining why the Drift Fleet is fishing a normal season schedule and the beach sites are restricted. Same info as above. Also note that on the Calendar I am posting the "Remaining Fishing Hours" left for that week's beach site group. Weeks are Sunday through midnight Saturday. The clock resets each Sunday.

Short Notices for EOs for beach site openings will be the NORM this summer. With so few hours to control escapement numbers they are literally watching the beaches from Ninilchik to North Kenai 24 hours a day to make the most of their limited fishing time. What may be marginal for the commfish nets resulting in no fishing that day may equate to a great day for the river folks. ADFG Commfish is going to be going for the BIG harvest numbers as best they can so lots of normal passage into the Kenai will most likely occur. The variable is the Drift Fleet and whether the movement of fish is along the beaches or out in the Inlet where the boats can get to them. I suspect that every bit of the 36 hours will be used up each week so if there is any time remaining after the 36 hour mandatory closure window you can expect the nets to be soaking on Saturday.

NEW OTF MAP & CHART: There are two test fishing boats sampling Cook Inlet waters for getting an idea of how many fish are passing up the Inlet. In previous years there was a single line of test fishing stations for the North Boat just like the Anchor Point South Boat. But this year ADFG has that North Boat running two separate fishing station lines. The southern line is just south of the Kasilof River and the northern line is just south of the Kenai River. Using this North Boat chart can give the viewer an idea of when very large or very small South Boat numbers are arriving in the northern zone near the rivers. When this number "lights up" with big OTF numbers it can mean the Kenai may see the "hit" in 24 to 36 hours. Remember the test boat starts fishing in the morning so by the time they have completed their testing and then the numbers come out the next day we could have fish on our door step already. This may have limited value but when there is a steady movement of fish it will have its usefulness.

SOUTHCENTRAL SOCKEYE SYNOPSIS: This year sockeye salmon runs have exceeded ADFG's expectations and every run on Kodiak Island as well as the Copper River have announced increased daily bag limits for sport anglers. This has also occurred for the early sockeye run on the Russian River. And the trend for the Kasilof and Kenai rivers is already showing very big numbers at the beginning of both of these runs. I expect we will probably see increased bag limits on the Kenai as well as additional dipnetting hours at some point this month. And if the Russian second run comes in heavy it too may go to increased limits.

Along those same lines, I'm going to toss out my suspicions that just maybe FISH CREEK is going to follow the same sockeye trend as everywhere else in Southcentral and come in above expectations. If the run projection exceeds 50,000 reds, the dipnet fishery may be opened by Emergency Order. I'd say its better than a 50/50 chance in my assessment.


ANGLER:  fishnorth
TRIP DATE:  7/11
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: There were five of us that went on a float charter for reds on the lower Kenai (near the town of Sterling). We stopped to fish along the bank at several known fishing spots and caught nothing. The second run of reds has not arrived in full force yet.

[AOJ: You were not alone on the Kenai. Val Early of EARLY FISHING, AOJ's oldest sponsor and operating right next door, said they had clients out in the lower river for sockeye today and it was brutal. Very few fish moving through town today. The Sonar counter had only counted 5000 Reds by NOON today. Big void in the river right now. But hopefully the fish hitting the mouth on this evening's tide will have some bulk to those numbers and by Saturday morning Soldotna will have fish again with Sterling getting them around Sunday. Just have to see how big the evening influx ends up. Hopefully some dippers will report to give us all an idea. Still waiting on ADFG Commfish decision as to how they will play their cards for Saturday's commercial fishing potential.]

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  7/11 4:50PM
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Mouth
SPECIES:  SOCKEYE STATUS & Other Stuff

REPORT: 1PM FRIDAY NEWS: Plus 3:50PM UPDATE:

1) ALL active run charts have been updated with THURSDAY counts except Kenai River Kings which come out later this afternoon. And that will be some interesting data to see which way the July kings are trending after 10 days. Its a pivotal point in what happens with the rest of the commercial season as well as possible impacts on the dippers and sporties on the Kenai.

2) As you read below the dipnet opener was less than stellar. Boats did better than the beach bunnies. But there weren't that many boats braving the elements either. The low abundance of reds at the river mouth was an indicator we were going to run into a void in the river.

3) From Thursday midnight to Thursday Noon the sonar counted 16,000 reds. But from Noon to Midnight last night it added only 4000 more fish for a closing total of 20,000.

4) Friday from Midnight to 7am the Kenai sonar has only counted 2200 (NO misprint) in those first 7 hours. The river in Soldotna is basically empty of fish. During my readings this morning a dozen anglers were out in the half mile zone and no fish and no jumpers in the frog water.

5) y0gee and friends made a run down last night and started fishing after midnight in Sterling. They hit the tail end of the school but couldn't put anything on the stringer. Moved down to Soldotna to fish until Noon today. Going home without needing to clean fish. That ought to tell you long time readers if those guys can't catch a fish, there isn't any fish to be caught.

6) Kenai has come up 1.5 inches since yesterday morning. We are at the top of the grassline now at summer levels. BE VERY CAREFUL WADING from now on. Visibility has dropped from 28 inches yesterday to 19 inches this morning. RUSSIAN River has come up almost 2 inches overnight.

7) Both OTF charts are the same as yesterday. North Boat didn't fish Thursday due to rough seas so we are in the dark as to what may have been moving through the Kasilof/Kenai zone out there. Conditions look better today so maybe they will have an index number but probably not available until Saturday.

8) This "black out" on the North Boat index makes determining when that 217 school from Anchor Point will be arriving. I expect to see those fish this weekend, but you know that is just a best guess for now with no index number.

9) The beach sites are in their 36 Hour Mandatory No Fishing Closure window. It ends on Saturday at 7am. That doesn't mean commfish will start soaking the nets. They have 15 hours left available to fish by EO and there is 17 hrs remaining to midnight Saturday. So they could fish all the hours, or just a portion of the hours for all nets or even just focus on the Kasilof sector nets and keep the Kenai District on the beach drying. It will depend on how the OTF number turns out today for the North Boat. Drift Fleet is fishing 8am to 8pm Friday.

10) The extreme high tides over this weekend means the Kenai South Beach won't allow overnight camping until we return to normal tide levels. The city of Kenai will have alternative places to send the campers for the night. Also note there is only one beach access road on Cannery Road open to getting to the south beach this year. You can't miss it.

11) I NEED SOME EYES ON THE BEACH and IN THE BOATS today for some fresh info of what is happening at the mouth. Send in a report on AOJ so everyone has an idea of how today is shaping up.

12) If you are coming down to sport fish, as long as this void in the river persists here in town it may be slim pickin's. That can change with the next school of fish but that's why I need info from the mouth today to gauge what is moving into Soldotna on Saturday.

13) Good Luck, Good Fishing, Good Dipping, and please DRIVE SAFELY!

ADDENDUM: Marine Forecast is for light winds Friday night shifting to out of the SW and then out of the NW on Saturday afternoon with light breezes. Should not be much Surf Break on the beach dippers this weekend as seas are forecast for 2ft..
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3:50PM KENAI RIVER MOUTH:

Dipping has been VERY slow all morning and day. One guy started on the beach at the opening bell and by 1:50PM he had 5. Another pair of dipper families started at 11am. High tide is around 5pm. Fish are starting to hit the Beach Bunnies' nets right now. This group have 7 for one net and 15 for his friend's net. Opps, new text, add 2 more that just hit.

So we got some fish arriving on the High Tide tonight.

ANGLER:  AKwalleye
TRIP DATE:  7/10
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River Dippery
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: We hit the river at 0630 for opening day of dip netting. Early half of the day was pretty slow and very spotty. As the tide started to swing it picked up some, but they were scattered and so were the boats. Wind and rain made boat control an issue for a lot of people, us included. We managed to scrape up 27 nice keepers in about 9 hours. Lots of flounders up in the water column, so action seemed fast at times. Good luck to everyone going forward and be courteous to others out on the river and at the ramp.

ANGLER:  Coulee04
TRIP DATE:  7/7
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina River / Valdez
SPECIES:  Sockeye & Pinks

REPORT: Working in the area and fished the Klutina Monday and Tuesday evenings after work. Monday was steady with 8 hookups, only three on Tuesday evening. Found all my fish above the Richardson bridge on each side of the river. Not a ton of folks fishing it but from the few I spoke with, things were pretty slow, those working hard were getting a few fish.

Fished the salt for pinks with my 5wt last night down in Valdez. It was a kick, pinks are in thick!

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  7/10 11:00AM
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  KENAI RIVER DIPPING & SPORT
SPECIES:  SOCKEYE STATUS & Other Stuff

REPORT: 11:00AM THURSDAY KENAI RIVER UPDATE:

For dipnetters and sport fishers for the Kenai River this is the status of your fishing potential.
  1. NEW! Kenai/Kasilof/Russian/Anchor run charts updated plus most Valley charts except FISH Cr.
  2. OTF Charts are updated with July 9th numbers and Kenai River Conditions readings updated to this morning's status.
  3. Kasilof River sockeye count yesterday was 11,000 with the midnight to 7am count at 1,000
  4. Kenai sockeye count yesterday was 24,000 with the midnight to 7am total today at 12,000.
  5. To Repeat: The commfish BEACH SITES won't be fishing on Thursday. This means the 36 Hr. Mandatory No Fishing Closure for them will begin at 7PM Thursday and run to 7AM on Saturday morning.
  6. Repeat: (Emphasized) There are currently 15 remaining beach site fishing hours for this week. EXPECT the nets to go back in the water on Saturday to burn up the rest of that time before the clock resets at Midnight. I'm expecting that one day large school from Anchor Point to arrive at the end of this week sometime. Still too early to gauge how FAST the fish are traveling up the Inlet but the NORTH BOAT OTF will light up when those fish arrive.
  7. With the clock reseting on Sunday if large numbers of reds are present in the area there may be some beach site fishing hours used on that day too. But that will depend on what is further down the Inlet heading this way. They must focus on hitting the largest numbers of fish with the limited hours.
  8. The Drift Boat Fleet WILL fish on Thursday 7am to 7pm in Drift Area 1 and both Kenai and Kasilof zones. NEW: It is likely the Drift Fleet will be sent out for additional fishing time Friday or Saturday by EO as they have a special one extra period to burn before July 16th. And with the North Boat OTF at 104 for yesterday the chances are high the boats will soak their nets.
  9. The Kenai River level is rising steadily with this rain and more in the forecast. Be prepared to be fishing in the river with no bank behind you. Bring a net to land your fish. River is nearly at summer peak level now. Visibility is at 28 inches Thursday and we have had heavy rain.
  10. DRIVE SAFE. No fish is worth your life or others. The season is AHEAD OF SCHEDULE so you haven't missed anything!

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  7/10 12:01AM
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  KENAI RIVER DIPPING & SPORT
SPECIES:  SOCKEYE STATUS

REPORT: 12:01AM THURSDAY KENAI RIVER UPDATE:

For dipnetters and sport fishers for the Kenai River this is the status of your fishing potential.
  1. The commfish BEACH SITES won't be fishing on Thursday. This means the 36 Hr. Mandatory No Fishing Closure for them will begin at 7PM Thursday and run to 7AM on Saturday morning.
  2. There are currently 15 remaining beach site fishing hours for this week. EXPECT the nets to go back in the water on Saturday to burn up the rest of that time before the clock resets at Midnight. I'm expecting that one day large school from Anchor Point to arrive at the end of this week sometime. Still too early to gauge how FAST the fish are traveling up the Inlet but the NORTH BOAT OTF will light up when those fish arrive.
  3. With the clock reseting on Sunday if large numbers of reds are present in the area there may be some beach site fishing hours used on that day too. But that will depend on what is further down the Inlet heading this way. They must focus on hitting the largest numbers of fish with the limited hours.
  4. The Drift Boat Fleet WILL fish on Thursday 7am to 7pm in Drift Area 1 and both Kenai and Kasilof zones.
  5. The Kenai River level is rising steadily with this rain and more in the forecast. Be prepared to be fishing in the river with no bank behind you. Bring a net to land your fish. River is nearly at summer peak level now. Visibility is at 26 inches Wednesday but that will start dropping with the rain.
  6. DRIVE SAFE. No fish is worth your life or others. The season is AHEAD OF SCHEDULE so you haven't missed anything!


ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  7/8
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Kings

REPORT: Fished from 9pm-12 at the mouth. Flipped everything from Russian river flies to the $5 special I picked up at Fred myer. The $5 special seemed to be the key to catching them today. Had a sockeye hit one sadly he got away with my fly.. Flipped for a few more hours with a Russian river fly and nothing.. Tied on my last $5 special and 3 casts later had a nice wild king on most likely destined for Jim's Creek. Fishing was pretty slow.. Seemed as though the water was colder than previously. As for now it's time to start up my collection of Kenai Krill Killers! Added in a mirage tinsel body. Well see how they do! Definitely an easy thing to tie up.

[AOJ: No doubt the store bought shrimp flies are priced for the rich and famous who have no budget. And if they have the hollow bead eyes they still fish point down and may end up in a spawned out carcass if a foul hooked fish takes that expensive jewelry. Looks like you have the tying down for the pattern. You'll need the fly weight...rain, rain, rain here at AOJ HQ on the Kenai and the level is rising. (Had to go pull the drain plug on the boat.) Deeper waters and faster currents mean tougher flippin' conditions. Perfect for this fly. I expect the 26 inches of viz today to start dropping with more rain in the forecast. NOT good for the King fishers working artificials only this July on the Kenai.]

ANGLER:  Flippin' Newbie
TRIP DATE:  7/8
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River (Soldotna)
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: With over 29,000 passing through the fish counter on both the 6th and 7th, I figured I'd intercept them in Soldotna on the 8th. Got off work, begged wife for permission to leave yet again, and made the drive from Eagle River. Arrived at about 9 p.m. and joined about 25 other poles in the water. Another skunking for me, and only saw two salmon landed. I was convinced I was going to arrive at a fish frenzy, but sadly my timing was off. Honey, I swear I'm not having an affair. I just suck at fishing.

ANGLER:  AlaskaHutch
TRIP DATE:  7/6
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Granite Island
SPECIES:  Yelloweye & Silvergrey rockfish

REPORT: I took out my Bro & law & Nephews from Washington state on Sunday 7/6. We were jigging for halibut off Granite Cape near Granite island and they caught these beauties. The Silver Grey rockfish was 27 inches long and I estimate he weighed around 18 pounds. We only caught 1 halibut but they had a great time catching these, some black bass (rockfish) and 4 silvers.

[AOJ: Ah, that's a nice colorful pic. Glad you sent it along.]

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  1AM Wednesday 7/9
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Cook Inlet
SPECIES:  Sockeye Salmon Commfish Announcement

REPORT: 1AM Wednesday Morning NEWS:

As a show of why I am able to scoop the rest of the media so often....I took a short nap at the computer keyboard at 10:40pm after eating some honey glazed barbecue chix wings. I wake up at 12:45am to begin my SOOTHSAYER'S REPORT and lo and behold for the FIRST TIME that I know of ADFG CommFish issued an Emergency Order IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT announcing an unexpected commercial opening on Wednesday morning from 8am to 8pm for ALL BEACH SITES and the Drift Fleet. This was due to reports from Ninilchik to Nikiski (North Kenai) that fish were on the beaches. This will be the first fishing period for the KENAI District beach nets this season. It will have an impact on what arrives in the Kenai River later today.

Strong North Winds during the next two days will push sockeye further OUT into the Inlet where the Drift Fleet can target them more effectively. Beach sites will see less fish as the wind & currents push the reds away from the beaches.

This Emergency Order burns up another 12 hours of allocated fishing time for the beach sites leaving 15 HOURS the set nets can fish from the end of today's period (8pm) to Midnight Saturday. And remember there is a Mandatory 36 Hour No Fishing Closure for them within that remaining timeframe. Refer to the Commfish Calendar Schedule from the SIDE MENU.

NOTE: This is not the KK Synopsis and Predictions Report. It is "late breaking news" (that's an understatement) that needed to be posted right away as it may and will impact those thinking of dipping on the KASILOF Fishery late in the day and may reduce fish entering both Kasilof and Kenai Rivers from late in the afternoon and beyond.

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  7/8 6PM
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER: 
SPECIES:  Late Night News coming

REPORT: 6PM TUESDAY NEWS:
Later this evening, probably MUCH (MUCH) LATER this evening I'll be putting together a synopsis and some of the Klondike Kid's World Famous preliminary predictions of what may be in our fishing future. You won't find this or hear this anywhere else on the Planet. But first I've got a stack of work this evening prep'ing the boat and running to town for supplies. There are some "new developments" turning up today that provide some additional clues as to the shape of things for at least the near future when it comes to Kenai Sockeye and Kings. And the Kasilof River sockeye fishery as well. And I might even throw in a Valley surprise too.

Those guys and gals in those darkened rooms at ADFG staring at glowing screens and crunching numbers have some of these details and perhaps some of the same premonitions like myself but due to their position and responsibilities, they can not go out on a limb and stick their necks on the chopping block prematurely. In my position I have no restrictions and after 19 years of AOJ I still have my own neck in tack with a pretty good track record to boot. After all, that's why YOU are reading this right now.

So the sooner I get moving the sooner I can get back on this project. I'll be giving you a new "gift" of information that a lot of dipper and sportie folks will have fun playing with. ~KK~


ANGLER:  Klondike Kid n AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  11AM 7/8
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  NEWS
SPECIES:  General Info

REPORT: 11AM TUESDAY NEWS:
  1. All active run charts are updated through MONDAY counts except Copper reds and Kenai kings. I expect those later today.
  2. I have expanded the DROP DOWN Menu on AOJ Home page for the QUICK CHARTS to also list the Kenai River water conditions readings, the OTF Chart and the Commfish Calendar Schedule.
  3. NO beach site fishing Tuesday (so far). With 27 hours remaining in this week's commfishing time for set nets, they will either fish three 9 hour tide periods between now and Saturday midnight, or may fish two longer periods to burn up the rest of their hours.
  4. I suspect that they will be fishing SATURDAY after the mandatory closure window expires. There is a MAJOR school of reds heading up the Inlet and the timing is matching up pretty close. Anchor Point boat OTF on Monday was 217.
  5. NOTE: SUNDAY begins a NEW calendar week for Commfish so if the big slug is still hitting the rivers on Sunday I expect there will be some fishing time announced on that day also.
  6. With the current restrictions on commfish, controlling numbers entering the Kasilof River and Kenai River this summer (if restrictions remain in place or are increased) is going to be VERY difficult for ADFG. They are expecting to bust the upper escapement goal on Kasilof sockeye and hit perhaps 500,000 by the end of the run after all the harvesting.
  7. The Kenai sockeye are coming in strong, mirroring the Copper River trend this year, and with restrictions in place there will be a lot of fish hitting the river when nets aren't fishing. THIS IS THE YEAR for DIPPERS and SPORTIES to catch up from last season!!! And yes, I do expect some "happy smiley face" EOs regarding dipping and sport limits this summer. Have patience! AND DON'T ASK ME WHEN THAT WILL HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you snooze, you lose!
  8. Remember, in complicated times such as these with strong sockeye runs and weak king salmon runs, the DIPPERS and SPORTIES are a VERY IMPORTANT component in helping manage the escapement into the rivers. The two groups combined in 2012 harvested one million reds from the Kenai alone. Deja Vu!
  9. Good Luck. DRIVE SAFELY! No fish is worth your life. And there is going to be plenty when you get here. ~KK~


ANGLER:  J&S
TRIP DATE:  7/4
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof River - Dipping
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Well we had an Excellent weekend out on the river dip netting. Put the boat in on the south side Friday evening and managed to get 20 Sockeye in about 3 hours. Hit the last of the incoming tide Saturday morning and fished thru the outgoing tide and we managed 61 for the boat. Not too bad for a total of 8 hours in the boat between 2 days. One observation that we had is the lack of courtesy of some other boaters. When you see a boat that is close to the shore, don't try and go between them and the dip netters on the bank, back off some and let them have room. Nothing worse than hitting their nets and pissing off the people on the shore and having them give you the look of death every time you pass by.

ANGLER:  Dakota Dangler
TRIP DATE:  7/7
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Campbell Point Lake/Cheney Lake
SPECIES:  Trout

REPORT: Fished from the bank 07/06 at Campbell Point from 4pm to about 7pm. Fish were consistently biting on the southeast end of the lake. Fishing slowed down around 6:30pm. A little tough fishing the south end from shore with a fly rod due to the amount of aquatic plants near the bank. Probably would be better off using a float tube or spincasting set up if fishing from the bank. With the great fishing on the 6th decided to try out my neighborhood Cheney Lake on the 7th. All afternoon I noticed nobody on the lake fishing. Went out around 8:30pm until 10:15pm. Only two other anglers. Worked all around the lake at different depths with different flies. No luck. Talked to the bank fisherman who said earlier in the summer it was fish on almost every cast. They said they even went out and got live bait and still no luck. Went home and saw Campbell Point was stocked June 26, but Cheney had not been stocked since May 15. Lesson learned, don't forget to check the local stocking reports before heading out.These Anchorage lakes get more pressure than I realized.

ANGLER:  Bobby Birdsell
TRIP DATE:  7/6
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward
SPECIES:  Halibut/Lingcod/Rockfish

REPORT: Beautiful day, calm seas. Went out with the Seward Military Resort charter on the Arctic Warrior. Entire boat limited on halibut in a little over an hour. Fishing near Montague Island. Nothing over 40 inches for halibut. Several lingcod and rock fish. Numerous silver salmon too. Other boats in same area caught larger halibut during the same time.

ANGLER:  AkAssassain
TRIP DATE:  7/7
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Chum/Sockeye

REPORT: 12-16 years ago we used to catch monster chums out of Eklutna frequently. Eklutna used to have a pretty good sockeye run as well. We used to catch sockeye all the way up to the dam. This was way before the bridge and the paved parking lot were constructed.

ANGLER:  YoungAOB
TRIP DATE:  7/7
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Soldotna Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: I saw your Kenai sockeye salmon count and decided that was a decent enough number to head down to Soldotna and flip. When I got there people were all coming up with fish so I thought it was gonna be on and popping right away. That did not seem to be the case, I beat the water for a good two hours with fellow anglers and nothing. Around 8:30-9ish fish started to move up and everyone started getting hits. I managed my limit and proxy. Fishing was pretty spotty but if you put in some time and a little bit of luck you can get your limits. Thanks KK for the information and fish counts! It was worth the drive from Anchorage to come down and fish and get a little action. I honestly thought it was gonna be a slow day but people were catching so that's a good sign for being early July. Good luck to all and tight lines!

ANGLER:  Aks only pro fisherman
TRIP DATE:  7/7
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Chum / Coho / red

REPORT: Went down to the tailrace from 10-11:30 and managed to catch a chum didn't really know there were any in there. Don't have a picture because I don't have a phone sorry.

[AOJ: I don't know if there is any established chum run in the Tailrace. Definitely not a stocker so it may have been one that poked its nose in the creek on the way up Knik. You iPad has a camera.]

ANGLER:  Alaskanindigo
TRIP DATE:  7/4
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof River - Dipping
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT:

Dipped north beach Kasilof on Thursday for 2 hours no fish, action was slow. Friday afternoon got 9 fish in six hours. Dipped the mouth from 1-4:30am Saturday morning low tide netted 15 reds, released two dollies and a flounder in that time. Half of that time had the mouth to myself, quite a difference from the combat dipping earlier in the day.

Saw a lot of people get into a jam with rv's and campers pulling in looking to park. One motorhome had a forklift trying to winch it out at 1am. I would recommend parking back by the dumpsters and scouting the campsite by foot or wheeler before committing and driving in, it's tight.

[AOJ: I'll second that. The beach sand on the access "trail" to the dunes and beach is like sugar, especially if it has not rained in a long time and is completely dry. And the space to even turn around is very limited so you can't keep up any momentum. So those who are visiting this fishery for the first time, do as Indigo suggests and park back at the outhouses and walk in to access the conditions and whether your vehicle will be able to handle the situation. Tow trucks are not cheap and most other folks are too busy to lend an "Alaskan hand" to someone that didn't take appropriate precautions first.]


ANGLER:  Grant G
TRIP DATE:  7/7
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  King/Silver/Red

REPORT: Hit the Tailrace today around 3:30pm. I posted up just north of the parking lot and had fish on in 30 min. I used a Kodiak Spinner #5 Purple. Landed a 12lb 25 inch King, which was my first ever!

Saw a couple Silvers and Reds caught as well. Also saw an illegal snag, but the angler correctly threw it back.

[AOJ: Always nice to take a photo of that first king to look back on many years later. I have a photo of me with the first fish I ever caught in Alaska in June 1970. It was a 3 inch long juvenile silver salmon on a dry fly on the Swanson River. It was so small it blended right in with the stripes pattern on my shirt. But I remember that pic as if it was yesterday. I wish I looked that good again. :-) ]

ANGLER:  Joe Dokky
TRIP DATE:  7/7
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Wild Lake
SPECIES:  Trout

REPORT: Caught some trout today. Used a small fly and let most of them go. Lets change the name of AK dept of "sports" fishing to Ak dept of Meat Fishing as that is what it has become. You can see from the snagger reports here that it is rampant. So called subsistence fishing with dipnets and the meat mentality they transfer to the salmon and trout streams is insane. Add in the baiters that can't catch a fish unless they use hillbilly carp and cattie methods on regal fish like salmon is a joke. First thing Fish and G does is outlaw bait when salmon counts are low...why not outlaw sissy bait period.

[AOJ: I take it you are a vegetarian and live alone with no family to support or provide for. Well the value of this "report" is limited to the point where I won't entertain any more rants by anyone else. If anyone has a problem with F&G go take it directly to the man. Or participate in the Board of Fish proposals and meeting process and try to change the laws through the system if you aren't happy with the situation. It serves no purpose to offer comments like this, so word to the wise it ain't gonna happen anymore. If you waste my time it will be a mistake. I got better things to do with my limited time on Earth than entertain baseless dribble.

And for those asking me questions about how's the fishing here, how's the fishing there? What's it going to be like when I get off work next weekend or when I get to Alaska 15 days from now? What's your opinion about this or that run? COME ON FOLKS! Aren't I doing enough already?]

ANGLER:  Billygoch
TRIP DATE:  7/6
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  everything

REPORT: There were a lot of fish jumping didn't manage catching anything because where I wanted to flip for reds was taken. There is very limited area to flip maybe 2 people but it's real productive when the reds come through. Anyways maybe another time.

ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  7/7
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Went down to Tailrace for some action after how hot it was yesterday night. Got here at 2pm and fished til 5:30. Hooked several reds, 1 coho, and a red king. Action was good until people from the other side started casting their big, heavy bait rigs across the Tailrace and right in front of me.. Oh and I tried sending in the picture but it said delivery failed? Did I do something wrong in sending?

ANGLER:  AK rose
TRIP DATE:  7/6
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof River - Dipping
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Dipped the evening tide and caught 23 in about 3 hours.


ANGLER:  Yellowstone
TRIP DATE:  7/3
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Never fished the Klutina before so thought I would drive over from Palmer after work and give it a try. Like I said, I've never fished the Klutina before and didn't know of any good holes but found a few prospective ones to try. I ended up eventually sticking to the south side below the lower bridge. A couple of guys next to me were in a good hole and managed 5 fish while I was there. Lots of snags on that river and ended up snapping my Ugly Stik. Went to the little convenience store there in Copper Center by the bridge and asked if there was anywhere I could purchase a new rod (this was at 11 pm). The clerk told me the tackle shop next door would open at 8:00 in the morning. A couple of local people from Copper Center were in line behind me and one of them told me he had a bunch of rods at his house and I could use one and drop it by in the morning. Wow! I love my fellow Alaskans. Went over to his house and picked up the rod, went back to the hole I was fishing before and gave it another hour worth of fishing. I then heard a splash on one of my casts and realized the handle had fallen off the reel. This just wasn't my trip. I sat on the bank and enjoyed the midnight sunlight and chatted with the two Filipino guys fishing the good hole and tried to glean some tips. They were very gracious in sharing their knowledge. Switched my reel from my broken pole onto the one I borrowed, drove over the guy's house that let me borrow it, left his reel, his pole with my reel on it, and a note with my phone number to call me if he wanted me to buy him a new reel. Called it a night and drove back to Palmer. Maybe next year.

[AOJ: Well it makes for a good story to tell around the campfire at least! Now you have an "excuse" to get you a new 10wt fly rod and reel and enjoy sockeye fishing in a whole new way. I hear BASSPRO GRAND OPENING is JULY 9th.]

ANGLER:  Avsfan33
TRIP DATE:  7/6
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Kings and Silvers

REPORT: Fished the tailrace from 9 to 11:30 last night with no luck at all. Tried every Vibrax and pixie in my arsenal with no luck. Lots of rollers and jumpers from the mouth to the bridge and saw a couple kings landed down at the mouth.

Was a nice night on the water and was very peaceful until I saw a guy snag fishing like he was at the mouth of the Resurrection! I watched him for a bit wondering if there was anything I should say or do and then he foul hooked a nice silver in the tail and lugged it up on shore. Was hoping he was going to get it back into the water but he picked up the fish and tossed it into the grass. I yelled at him that it was an illegal fish and he needed to throw it back. I told him he snagged it in the tail and that it was illegal. His reply was "Everyone is doing it down here." That's when my wife and daughter chimed in and gave him an earful. He then went over to the fish, picked it up and chucked into the water like he was throwing a rock. Needless to say, the fish probably didn't survive the ordeal and I wanted to throw this guy into the river like he did the fish. Do you have any advice on how to handle idiots like this who ruin it for us that are doing it the right way and teaching our kids the right way as well? These people should not be able to have a license after doing something like this. Thanks for all you do and the work you put in keeping us all up to date and informed.

[AOJ: Well if I'm not mistaken, the LAW now is NO COHO intended to be released can be removed from the water. So that was also a violation. I can't recall if this is a Southcentral wide regulation or specific to certain streams. No time to look it up at the moment but I know its in the book somewhere. As far as advice, as the snaggers increase, and Jim Creek is coming up next, you can always call the Wildlife Troopers and tell them its getting out of hand. That could spur their field officers to make the rounds and give out more souvenirs. The numbers are in the regs or the general Fish & Wildlife Safeguard Program number is 1-800-478-3377. PAGE 17 of the regs booklet lists all the local Wildlife Trooper Office numbers too.]

ANGLER:  Zfisher
TRIP DATE:  7/7
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Coghill River counter
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Hey KK, any idea why there haven't been any updates on the Coghill River fish counter for the past couple years? The kids were there counting these past years but nothing in the reports.

[AOJ: Well its one of time management here. Coghill is a remote island fishery only accessible by boat on a long run. There are very few anglers willing to spend that kind of bucks on fuel for reds they can catch closer to home. And the counts are only a few hundred a day. You can always go to the ADFG page for Fish Counts and punch in Coghill to get the numbers. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCounts/index.cfm?adfg=main.home

ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  7/7
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Kings and Coho

REPORT: Fished from 9pm til around 2. Water was high and fishing was great! Hooked 2 silvers and 2 reds, landed 2 sadly they were snagged and thus released. Fished for a few more hours after grabbing a back up rod since my Lamiglas 10wt decided to blow up and hooked into a maybe 10lb king. Landed him and called it a day!

ANGLER:  Kardinal_84
TRIP DATE:  7/4 & 7/6
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula - Prince William Sound
WATER:  Whiskey Gulch and Whittier
SPECIES:  Halibut and Herring

REPORT:
Hit the salt on Friday. ZERO at high slack. Argh. Decided to fish through low slack. Ended with three to the kayak, none bigger than 15 pounds. So I ended up keeping a 12 and 15 pounder. I guess fishing must be good if I am complaining about a limit!

Sunday I decided to make a quick run to Whittier. Tried trolling for kings for about an hour. Saw a salmon jumping around. But no love from the salmon. Decided to try the herring. You have to stay on the edges and give room to those casting from shore. But on the edges, I found enough fish to make a day. 5 gallons in about 2 hours. Mainly blue tray herring size I would guess so a pretty good score. I have them brining now to try and firm them up a little bit for bait. But got to make sure I save some for the smoker or the grill! They are tasty little buggers, Head and gut them. I like to butterfly them out. Slap them on a hot grill with lemon juice or soy sauce and they are yummy! Bones, which are plentiful, just peel right off.

So I have to admit, herring wins out over halibut in overall satisfaction of the trip. Gotta get ready for those reds!!!!!




ANGLER:  DerbyWinner
TRIP DATE:  7/4
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward - Pony Cove
SPECIES:  Silvers

REPORT: Fished Pony Cove on 7/4. Arrived 0830 about 30 boats were already there. Most were mooching, and some trolling. We had 2 rods trolling some new lures my SE brother gave me to try and did fairly well. A total of 10 fish in about 3 hours(9 silvers,1pink) Fished again on 7/5. Arrived 0800 and lots of boats, most mooching. With 2 rods(4persons) we caught 14 silvers in 2.5 hours and then a building lump told me to head in. Big fish was weighed at 10.4 lbs. Big for this early. Troll depths were 80 and 60feet. Jumpers near Calisto heading in.

ANGLER:  A.k.a. Kai
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Got to RR Saturday night at 1030, on the water at 11. Fished upper sanctuary. Ten-fifteen minutes, double hook up. Ten minutes and another double. Then about twenty minutes later and a triple. Died off for a bit. Seen a brown bear. Then around two a.m. It started going crazy. Schools pushing by constantly. At one point I was snagged up in the middle of the stream, waded out and turned on my head lamp and saw around 15-20 fish surrounding me. A few seconds later, another triple once I got free and joined the boys in the game of hide and seek in the dark. I chalk this successful excursion up to right place/right time. We wound up with 9/8/5 fish kept. It would've been a long hard walk back but our teenage fish porters took care of that. The fish are there its just a matter of blind luck or spot and stalk....

ANGLER:  Icefisherman
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Prince William Sound - Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Whittier and Hope
SPECIES:  Herring and Pinks

REPORT: Hi KK,
Just a quick report. Spent the weekend at Hope, pinks have not shown up yet. I know it is early, but I thought we might see a few, but nothing.

Made a run over to Whittier, herring are in for shore anglers. Need a good casting pole, and plenty of weight (2-3 oz) along with a sabiki rig. A couple of boats were in the area too, getting herring as well.
God Bless
Icefisherman


ANGLER:  SageTCX
TRIP DATE:  7/6
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Wasilla Lake
SPECIES:  Rainbow Trout

REPORT: Fished Wasilla Lake today and caught many nice trout. sorry no pics. Nothing over 20 inches though. Great trout fishing is to be had in the valley lakes yet I was the only person fishing. Everyone is probably dipping the Kasilof! Great time except for the rain.

I would also like to thank you KK for the site, all your hard work, and the tips on the Krill Killer fly. I am new to tying flies, but managed to get a couple tied. They are a little rough but I will get better! Thanks again!!

[AOJ: Well if you were here on the lower Kenai RIGHT NOW, 4pm Sunday, you would be able to try out those new flies which BTW look delicious. Good job on the tying. Saturday's sockeye count on the Kenai was 11,300. Today in the first 9 hours of counting since midnight they were up to 7000. No commfishing today so no nets. I figure no less than a 15,000 day but probably closer to 20K. TOWER ROCK LODGE is a very longtime sponsor here on AOJ and I just spoke with Mike minutes ago. Their lodge is on the Kenai down by the Pillars above Eagle Rock and his first words were "Hey we are HAMMERING the reds along the riverbank right now." That was 3:30PM Sunday. I just checked the river here at HQ and saw 3 anglers is all in over a half mile of river I can watch. Apparently the word has not gotten out yet. Visibility is dropped, river is muddy from mountain rains and temp is up. No jumpers in the frog water yet so I'll pass on feeding the mosquitos until there are bigger counts.]

ANGLER:  Fishonbruceak
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Sockeye, rainbow, dolly

REPORT: Fished the Russian the whole weekend with limited success. My observations for the weekend were those that hit the holes early (cottonwood, sanctuary boundary, upper confluence) walked away with a couple of blushing reds. There were plenty of rainbows and the occasional dolly. Midday on the 5th cottonwood had some lunker bows sitting under the log. Saw three different black bears from pink salmon on down. One very young, almost too young as if something had happened to mom. Another was a mid size and the a full grown. The two smaller ones were crossing the trail a bunch. One other observation is that the water level is quite low. Wading across to the sanctuary island only requires a knee deep crossing. Hitting Sterling next weekend!! Fish On!!

ANGLER:  Fishonbruceak
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Sockeye, rainbow, dolly

REPORT: Fished the Russian the whole weekend with limited success. My observations for the weekend were those that hit the holes early (cottonwood, sanctuary boundary, upper confluence) walked away with a couple of blushing reds. There were plenty of rainbows and the occasional dolly. Midday on the 5th cottonwood had some lunker bows sitting under the log. Saw three different black bears from pink salmon on down. One very young, almost too young as if something had happened to mom. Another was a mid size and the a full grown. The two smaller ones were crossing the trail a bunch. One other observation is that the water level is quite low. Wading across to the sanctuary island only requires a knee deep crossing. Hitting Sterling next weekend!! Fish On!!

ANGLER:  AK Mark
TRIP DATE:  7/6
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Sockeye/Red Salmon

REPORT: Russian River is great for fly fishing Rainbow. Small #16 Black bead head copper johns, bead head flash back phesantail #16, fished three feet to four feet below strike indicator depending on depth of water, cast upstream and high stick rod for no water drag dead drift presentation. Should get great results casting up stream about 15 feet.

Only Kenai action worth fishing for Reds would be Swiftwater or Beings Landing. Use a light tippet or leader, no more than 15 pound test for best hookups. Leader Line needs to be supple and low viz, fly around 6 to 8 feet from sinker. Any Russian River fly will work, I like the chartruse patterns or yellow and orange. Black works great in low light or cloudy situations. Dead drift, fish will bite the fly with no jerking if you allow them to at the end of your drift. Don't fish fast water, tail out water is best for sport fishing action. Snagging is illegal or any attempting to snag,"Kenai Jerk " and can and will result in a fine if you are caught. Bummer, should let any fish caught, snagged or otherwise kept until limit achieved so people can leave when they get their limit. My opinion, not my practice though. Seems the more people are told not to snag, the more people snag fish.

[AOJ: Its the old addage, "You give them an inch, they will take a MILE." It would be totally out of control in a heartbeat and totally contrary to fishing ethics and the laws pertaining to freshwater fishing in Alaska. Its called SPORT fishing for a reason! If folks want bulk, go get a dipnet permit if you are a Resident and fill your freezer. If you are visiting and want to "bulk up" go fish those fisheries with EO's expanding the sport limits. Like Kodiak streams this summer are all TEN reds per day now. Copper is 6, RR is 6. Plenty of opportunities to get all a person wants. When you can catch reds on a hook legally there is no reason to promote and encourage a practice illegal in all of Alaska's freshwaters. The plague wouldn't be confined to one river and just encourages anglers to try it wherever they can get away with it. Sorry, MY SORE SPOT!]

ANGLER:  This Butt's For You
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Seward - Pony Cove
SPECIES:  Salmon

REPORT: After seeing the report that silvers were in Pony Cove, I couldn't resist. I made it to Pony Cove around 4:30PM on July 5. Plenty of boats and all were doing pretty well. We started near entrance to Cheval Narrows.

I like to mooch. I use a fixed double hook, squid hootchie, and a small piece of herring. The herring is cut from the side and about an inch long or so. I like to use the bigger halibut size herring, which goes a long way on the water. I'm not a fan of using a full herring (blue size). The squid and the herring add the sight and smell. Green and white squid hootchie was the choice this time around.

Set 3 rods in the water, and bang...all 3 hit. Action lasted for about an hour, and then slowed down for awhile. Action picked up around 8PM again. So, check the tides for yesterday if you want to get an idea of timing. If you can get there earlier than I could, don't worry about it.

Final tally was 1 king, 1 pink, and 7 silvers among the 4 of us. Daughter caught the most, wife caught the king, and I caught the pink. Guess I'm a better guide than a fisherman.

Reminder...check your drag before dropping the lines...especially when setting up poles for others (i.e. novice fishermen). It's frustrating to work on the drag while the fishing is hot and more frustrating when there's a fish on the line.

ANGLER:  Youngpalmerteen
TRIP DATE:  7/6
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Kings

REPORT: Headed out to the Tailrace at about 2:45 am. A lot of kings rolling. A lot of them turning red, many people were using vibraxes but I was faithful to my bobber and shrimp method. I hooked into about a 30 pounder but it got off sadly, about 45 minutes later I got a nice 10-15 pounder that gave a nice fight. Also I was really pissed off to see a guy snagging and he kept a couple.

ANGLER:  Duchess
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Reds, Bows

REPORT: Been lurking for a while but first report.

Hit the Russian on Saturday with the dad and brothers. On the water by 0830, and sunburnt by noon. Reds seemed few and far between. Each of us took home a single, lots of walking the water. They're there in small numbers still if you're willing to do some walking.

Started fishing for trout after my salmon and had a blast. Olive colored bead headed leach seemed the most effective in the shaded parts of the river. I did notice some guys rocking dry flies with some success. Didn't work for me, but I'm still learning this trout thing.

Maybe you can answer a debate we had in the car on the ride back. Quartz Creek Dollys and trout, do they leave the drainage to Kenai Lake (winter over in the lake) and follow the salmon in each year? Or is it worth fishing prior to all the salmon getting there each year?

[AOJ: Thanks for the post. Yes, the RR run is winding down and catching fish has become very spotty. Some friends fished RR over the holiday weekend with Friday being very slow on salmon but the rainbows in the Kenai in that area was epic. They landed dozens and dozens fishing flesh fly patterns to imitate the fish scraps tossed in the river by anglers. Saturday was a flip flop with better salmon fishing and less aggressive rainbows. For this area, especially as the run is winding down its best to do as you have done and be a Dual Species Angler to make the most out of your fishing expedition. As there becomes fewer and fewer scraps for the trout they get more willing to hit flesh fly patterns. Especially down in the Kenai section.

As far as the Quartz Creek dollies, most do move down to Kenai Lake at freeze up because of the low water and ice build up conditions. Dollies are a Fall spawner in the Kenai drainage so they have to take care of that business after gorging on the sockeye eggs. There are a few present in the stream during the summer and a single egg pattern or bead works for them but I found they were all on the smallish side. If you have an hour to burn on the way home and the conditions are right, it might be worth wetting a line to satisfy your curiosity. There are a number of pullouts that put you right on the stream for a quick check.]

ANGLER:  Winterhwt
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  King/Silver Salmon

REPORT: Greetings all. Trekked out to Eklutna this evening. Arrived around 6:30pm which was close to low tide. I was hoping for a few trickling kings still willing to bite. My son and I set up mid stream, watching some rollers still in the creek. We got out our eggs and some Vibrax spinners. Saw 2 kings landed with about 10 others rolling around in the H2O. One guy who landed a King had a chartreuse corkie with an orange bead above a single hook. Fun to watch for all. Plenty of hooting and hollering from everyone when he landed it! Great sportsmanship!

One bummer was watching a King get snagged in the tail by an old timer's grandson and the old timer just "shhhed" everyone around and kept the king! Told my son it wasn't right and others mocked and heckled the old timer. The old timer and his family took off immediately. Luckily one guy took the old timer's license plate and called it in. The worst part is what the old timer is teaching his grandson. Wish their was a Brown Shirt around for this!

No bites on our lines but we still had fun. Plenty of fun people watching at the Tailrace and very peaceful. One guy was tossing a fly at the mouth and hooked 2 silvers. I did read a recent post from the A.O.J. stating a silver was caught and a picture to go with it but I had to see it to believe it. Now I know they are around!

My next stop is Jim Creek for a recon mission. I heard a crazy rumor that the Knik Public Use Area is now a state pay area? Is this true?

Thanks for the tips A.O.J.! Tight lines and sharp hooks!

[AOJ: I don't know about the KPUA and fees. But I hear they have put a lot of money and effort into improving the area for a better experience by users so a $5 day use fee would not be too expensive and it does help maintain the facilities. But I haven't been there so will have to wait for that first traveler to report back.]

ANGLER:  Tap915
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Kings/Silvers

REPORT: Woke up to a beautiful day and there was no way I was going to stay home. I did some grocery shopping and finally decided to hit Ship Creek before it closes. I got there and put on my gear and started walking to he railroad bridge. Tide was still high but going out.. So I waited for awhile. I picked a spot where I usually catch silvers and pinks. Ppl around and no one catching anything not one jumper. I started to flip 20 min later bam fish on. I hooked a king but it was a foul hook and had to let him go. Five seconds later bam fish on another king this time it was a legal catch.

I thought I was done but realized I had a proxy and continued to fish. 15 min later fish on! Another king but I lost it line snapped. :( I continued to fish for the tide was still going out. Cpl more flips and fish on again reeled that sucker in and once I got it close it was a freaking fat silver. I had to let it go damn foul hook but it put up a fight. Through out the day I must say I lost about 5 silvers my 80lb braided line kept snapping. All in all it was a good day for fishing and I think I caught my last king for the season. Being on the silvers! Tight lines everyone get out there and catch the last king of the season.

ANGLER:  Katha
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof River
SPECIES:  Dipping Reds

REPORT: LOTS and LOTS of people. Went out for high tide around 10:30AM ish. Caught three fish in the first hour and a half. After that we stood in the water for two hours and caught nothing, but on a good note all those LOTS and LOTS of other people were catching all the fish!

[AOJ: WOW, that is the most folks I have seen at the Kasilof! Looks like the Kenai River fishery. Thanks for the pics and glad you at least gtot some for the dinner table. With the restrictions on the commfish nets working on a floating 36 total hours of fishing time per week its really going to be tougher to know when the nets will be soaking and grabbing most of the fish that day. One other thing Kasilof dippers must realize, there is a Kasilof River Special Harvest Area zone right around the mouth of the river which ADFG commfish will be using later to hold down escapement numbers. I'm not sure but that might kick in when the sonar count exceeds the upper escapement goals of 390,000. (Expectations are for the Kasilof to exceed 500,000 through the counter this summer unless the sporties, dippers and commies can thin them down.) That KRSHA fishing will be independent of the 36 hr. limit for all the Kasilof and Kenai District beach sites outside of this near mouth zone. My first assessment of the July Kenai King Run is looking kinda bleak. By Tuesday's release of sonar data the run will be 19% complete and far enough along to perhaps initiate further EO restrictions. The NEXT PHASE of restrictions, if the kings go to Catch and Release will be to reduce the number of nets the sites can fish and restrict them to a total of 12 HOURS per week of fishing time. Things are going to be very interesting next week as we see which way the Kenai king run is starting to trend. It COULD GO THE OTHER WAY TOO and if its stronger than expected the current restrictions could be relaxed allowing bait fishing for kings and the beach sites going back to the normal Monday/Thursday schedule. My money is on the other side of the table.

If readers don't stay in touch with AOJ this summer they will be the last to know and will miss some opportunities.]


ANGLER:  AlaskaLen
TRIP DATE:  7/4
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: While visiting Soldotna for some food I decided to sight-see for a few minutes down Redoubt Rd at the Swiftwater Campground. I went down to watch some action. Approx. a dozen anglers doing their flipping but a guy at the base of the stair had a fresh red on a stringer. Within two minutes I watched him easily land a second. Both were small, likely late first run Russian reds. His rig was typical. No others showing any luck. One disrespectful angler was flippin and drifting a 25' lead past 2 others on the bank and didn't care less about courtesy, repeatedly.

Anyway, glad to see some decent Kenai Red numbers crossing the weir. Next time I'll be ready and awaiting. Keep the lines tight friends.... and don't crowd your fellow angling friend downstream, hint, hint...

[AOJ: y0gee and the posse spent the 4th and 5th on a whirlwind fishing expedition bouncing from RR to Ninilchik to the Kenai and back to the Russian before calling it. The upper Kenai rainbows were great, Ninilchik was a bust for hatchery kings and they hit the Kenai two days with some intense flippin' for just a few reds. Nice big fish but a lot of work for sure. Still way early. But will be changing soon.]

ANGLER:  Beach bums
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Homer Spit Fishin' Hole
SPECIES:  Kings....and SILVERS

REPORT: Rolled out of bed this AM 9 or so grabbed my rod and a Kodiak custom spinner and snuck away from my wife and kids to check out the Homer Fishing Hole ( just across the road from camp). 2 people fishing. Fish everywhere. 6th cast bam! Fish on! It turned out to be a chrome bright 8# silver! I noticed there are quite a few milling around With the kings in there. Go get 'em! Beautiful weather here all weekend.

ANGLER:  elkhunter5b
TRIP DATE:  7/3 - 7/4
REGION:  Interior
WATER:  Klutina River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Fished the Klutina the third and fourth, hoping to finally hit a good run. After my third weekend in a row it seems I can't get it done. Managed to get away with six fish and was happy to do that well. The run I wanted to make didn't happen after vehicle problems on the first week of June. Props to the owners of King for a Day, they put on a nice fireworks display. The fish are trickling in and the late nights for me were better.

[AOJ: Well, you can make up for it when the reds hit the Kenai. Won't be long now. A few are trickling in and for those who spend hours flippin' you can pick up a few. I tried yesterday here at HQ and ended up with one 16 inch Dolly for dinner. Didn't see any jumpers in the frog water yet. Keep your gear ready to go.]

ANGLER:  Cranny
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Chinook

REPORT: Saw a post that the silvers were starting to come in early and decided on a whim to go to the Tailrace and see if I could catch a silver and used the traditional always popular #4 Pink Vibrax, unless I am using one of my fly rods with egg sucking leech or just free soaking eggs at Jim's. Left the house at 2:00am and texted the Picture to my son at 3:51am as I was heading back to Palmer. I had bragged about the 10 minute drive and the 5 minutes to catch my fish and what would I do with the wasted 25 minutes of my life. In my defense I did catch a 6 inch rainbow in the first 10 minutes. The king measured 42 inches from the tail and girth was 11-12. Always follow you and others postings and have always been accurate. Thanks and if you can get to the tail race they are in still plenty of jacks some more blushed kings and I think I saw a silver in the mix.

[AOJ: I did the best I could to Photoshop the exposure to get a better image but the sunrise in the background made it tough. That's definitely a better fishing trip than catching a silver.]

ANGLER:  MeChillinAK
TRIP DATE:  7/5
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER: 
SPECIES:  Kenai Krill Killer

REPORT: Just wanted to give thanks on your article on Kenai Krill Killer! First time fly tying and followed your instructions. Hope I did justice on this fly! Now, what kind of leader do I use on my new fly rod? Never used a fly reel, but it's time to learn!



[AOJ: You have made me proud. And are a master at tying the pattern. And just between you and me, a little bird landed on my shoulder today and told me that you won't be waiting very much longer before you'll be wearing out those flies.

As far as leaders go, back in the article I mention that for sockeye rigging my rod I add 30 yards of 30 lb. test mono to the end of the fly line so I'm using straight mono for all my casting and most of the fish fighting. It makes it easy to snip off the kinked or abraided end and retie your fly and get back to fishing. When I want to use the fly rod as a "normal" fly casting setup I just clip off the mono and attach my regular fly leader for steelhead and silver fishing.

BTW, in the first fly tying photo you may have noticed my fly tying kit is very similar to yours. Just no Cabelas logo but I did buy it at Cabelas back in 1986. Same wooden case as yours. I'll give you a tip for your gear. Check around for a fly tying vise that you can "unlock" and rotate 360° whenever you need to turn the fly to work on the underside, or when adding head cement to the fly it comes in very handy to turn the fly upside down and "paint" the under side evenly. This feature also comes in handy when you need to add a component like legs to the underside of a fly. I shopped around and found an inexpensive one (in the photos) that isn't the greatest but it works fine enough for me for everything from tiny nymphs to salmon flies. Can't recall the source now. Get ready, they are on the horizon!]


ANGLER:  Dody
TRIP DATE:  6/29
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Whittier
SPECIES:  Herring

REPORT: Just wanted to let you know we were in Whittier on the 29th and the herring fishermen where out and catching like crazy. We had never seen that before. With the 7 little hooks on a line most were bringing in about 4-6 per cast. Just FYI since we saw you were wondering.

[AOJ: THANKS SO MUCH for the info on the herring sport fishery at Whittier. There are a number of folks who like to mess around in that fishery for gathering free halibut and rockfish bait and ugh, eating them! heheh Its a lot of fun too since its totally different than any other kind of fishing we have up here.]

ANGLER:  Exodus
TRIP DATE:  7/3
REGION:  Interior
WATER:  Birch Lake
SPECIES:  Rainbows

REPORT: July 3rd I took friends from Ohio to Birch Lake to experience fishing in Alaska and we were not disappointed. After touring the lake I glassed a spot with rainbows jumping so we eased into the area and had non stop action for 4 hours. It was fantastic fishing as we caught and released 50-60 rainbows. They ranged from 8 - 14 inches. Many more were hooked and got off. Sometimes we hooked and lost several fish on one cast. The weather was great, it didn't rain, and we had an eagle in a tree above us watching. My friend's wife and two of the three boys had to stop and rest because their arms were tired. My friends left the lake with fantastic memories of an Alaskan trip of a lifetime.

[AOJ: I've seen some nice rainbow pics from anglers on that lake. It sounds like its still a terrific spot for fly casters.]

ANGLER:  Icefisherman and Daughter
TRIP DATE:  7/3
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Gwen Lake
SPECIES:  Rainbows

REPORT: Hi KK,
Hope your having a good week. I took my daughter Rebekah to Gwen Lake for a couple of hours today and managed 6 nice pan size rainbows between us. Very peaceful lake and very nice people fishing. Always a good day when I can spend time fishing with one of my daughters on the water plus get some fresh trout for the smoker :)

We are heading to Portage/Whittier tomorrow for the weekend, so I'll post this about the herring fishing. Should be pretty good by now.
God Bless
Icefisherman

[AOJ: Well this week has been hectic and crazy. Many EOs to process and with the restrictions on Sockeye commfishing I had to make some changes to information and get new commfish calendar schedules created. I think I am going to get outta Dodge for a day or two.....maybe. y0gee is at RR trout fishing tonight, then heading to Ninilchik for hatchery king fishing so I might end up in that area.

I'm definitely interested in whether the herring are in or not yet. I do want to get over their and give it a try as well as try some underwater video in the water column of what is going on. And I have a ton of squidding gear and UW lighting if for nothing else to scratch that off my bucket list as been there, done that. I know they are out there.

Now if you get bored with the herring you might run east of town to Cove Creek where the king run is suppose to return. This is the first year when all four ocean year age classes will be present. And this year they started stocking the king smolt IN the Harbor I guess to bring the fish closer to town in the future.]


ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  7/3
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Went down Thursday afternoon since my dad had the day off. We figured the Kenai would be a mad house so we hit the Klutina for some relaxing fishing, but sadly it was all but. The fish were in but not in the usual holes we've caught them in so far. Water was up quite a bit and fish were moving in small schools. I originally started off in what would be the honey hole for the day, but left after battling with a tree. 1 hour later an older gentleman took the spot and caught his 6 fish.. I waited til he left and hopped in there. I had already landed one above the rock he was fishing but that was it. 2 casts in after I moved had one on that hammered the Russian river fly.. Almost to his stomach! But the hooked popped somehow and away we went... 10 min later hooked another and lost it.. A few hours went by and bam! Huge buck on shot down the bank and this time I wasn't losing him! He managed to wrap himself several times in the guy's line next to me.. So I got a legal hog tied fish haha! After 8 hours on the water we left sore and defeated.. I had pulled 2 and my dad managed 1. Still a great day to be out weather was nice sun was up all day and there weren't many people!

[AOJ: Well the Kenai/Russian wasn't as bad as one would expect. y0gee arrived at the RR Ferry parking lot Thursday night to just do some epic rainbow trout fishing and the lot was only 40% full. But anglers across the way were struggling to get fish. The Rainbows on the other hand was exceptional on ginger flesh flies and steak n eggs patterns. Then by morning they were at Ninilchik River for hatchery kings but it was sparse and only wild kings showing. Now he's at Swiftwater flogging the water for reds. 3pm he said 25 folks flippin' flies with him on both sides of the river and only seen ONE red caught. Pretty slow today. ]

ANGLER:  G-4th boys
TRIP DATE:  7/3
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Silver Salmon

REPORT: Beautiful fishing weather yesterday at the E. Tailrace. My son got a really nice EARLY silver salmon on a #5 purple vibrax. Also saw a couple reeeeally nice sockeye caught on a spin n glo with shrimp. Good good times fishin!

[AOJ: There was a silver reported over on the Deshka yesterday too. And checking the latest commercial harvest, the drift fleet fishing the Central District landed 576 silvers and the northern set net district hit another 41. So there are a few trickling into upper Cook Inlet systems. Nice catch. Thanks for the report.]

ANGLER:  Mexkimos
TRIP DATE:  7/3
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Deshka River
SPECIES:  Chinook and Coho

REPORT: Spent a half day on a guided trip with Ben. One jack, one 22 inch king, one 23 inch king, and my youngest finally put one on the boat. Only his was a Coho! Great day on the Deshka. Water is super warm....

ANGLER:  Jescry040
TRIP DATE:  7/3
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Moose Range Meadows
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Since many areas were receiving fish earlier than expected.. I decided to intercept them in the Kenai.. So everyday this past week I tried to fish the lower Kenai after work around 7/8ish in chance of hitting them reds and in hopes of hooking up to a king frm the banks.. But to no avail I got skunked..

I wondered where those 20,000 fish that entered the river.. So in honor of my father in law who couldn't make his fishing trip this year, me and the fam went to his favorite fishing platform at Moose Range behind Fred Meyers... And with a few flips I felt a few bumps on the line.. Then hooked a couple and lost it.. All I could think of was "keep your line tight"..Finally got a third hard hook up and kept too tight of a line.. Yup.. My line from my first ever 10wt fly rod set up failed.. Walking back to the van with nothing and needing to re rig.. I decided to leave for a bit and get a snack with my family after only 30 min of fishing..

Feeling down and pondering what I could have done differently.. My wife and kids said to go back n catch that fish.. So... That's exactly what I did.. A quick leader set up and back on the platform at 8:40 pm.. And not even 5 min I hit my 1st Kenai red of the season.. And she was a beaut.. Fished for about 45 more min and just felt a few bumps.. But I wasn't gonna complain.. It was gorgeous day... The water level was pretty normal.. And saw about 6 out of 14 other anglers hooking up across the river and to the left of me.. I'm not saying that it's thick and stacked of salmon out there.. But if you wanna fish.. Y not!!! Them reds better watch out!! Haha

I would like to personally thank u KK.. As a newer angler of just a couple yrs, the info and advice I got frm this site gave me the confidence to get out on that river and fish for the first time in my life.. And ever since then this site flipped its line and I got hooked.. If you could give a newbie fly rod owner some set up tips for these Kenai situations.. I'm working with a 10wt spooled with floating line and an 8wt not yet spooled... I would most appreciate it.. As I always appreciate this site.. Thanx again for every thing u do!!

[AOJ: Watch for the release of the KENAI KRILL KILLER article.]


ANGLER:  agimarc
TRIP DATE:  7/3
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Little Campbell / Campbell Point / Beer Can Lake
SPECIES:  RT

REPORT: Chased RT on float tube this after noon for a while after 1300. Nice bright day with a variable breeze. Lots of people on the lake; few fishing though. Most of the RT were sitting on the east side halfway from the dock to the southern edge of the lake. Caught most of them on a small, brown bead head nymph. They were hitting attractant patterns on the surface (wht / brn / bk), but not as reliably as the bead head caught them. There are still damsels in the area and dragon flies have broken out. There is a beaver on the north side of the lake. Overall a nice afternoon on a great lake without having to fight most of the crowds. Cheers -

ANGLER:  :)
TRIP DATE:  6/30, 7/1, 7/2
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  King

REPORT: I've been getting a lot of useful information from this site and I have to contribute. I only picked up fishing a few months ago and have only been out a handful of times. Hit the Tailrace on Monday evening around 1100pm. Decent amount of anglers out and about and there were plenty of fish rolling around and showing off.

Nailed a 26 inch King about 45min after showing up. Using a #3 Vibrax Purple/Pink blend spinner. No rain or bad weather but a bit of overcast that night. My first king and hopefully not my last. Had a great time and was thrilled because this place isn't too far from where I live.

I hit the Tailrace Tuesday and Wednesday evening as well with no luck. People are still catching them, but they're not as active as they were on Monday night. I'm sure there still a little bit of time to catch some more. Good Luck to all.

ANGLER:  sourdo55
TRIP DATE:  7/1
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: On a spur and with some help from this web site I thought I'd try a night run to the Klutina River. Left Palmer at 6 pm, arrived at the lower bridge at 9pm. I walked down towards the mouth on the south side of the river and found a nice spot. I landed one the first 20 minutes. Two people joined me and one of them landed a red right off.

Then I had a couple momentary hookups and was thinking, "I'm in the money!". It was not to be. The fellow landed one more and that was that. I fished till 1:30 am and took a nap in my truck for an 1-1/2 and hit it at 3am till 6 am. Nothing.

Apparently it rained all day Monday, the river was higher but I didn't think it was THAT high. I walked down to the mouth to take a look but by then I had my tail tucked between my legs and was dog tired and called it quits. Alaskans, we think nothing of driving 300 miles round trip in a day to go catch fish. Such is the passion of living here, I love it.

After talking to some other fishermen they all said since the rain it was very slow. I get the usual "you should of been here yesterday....".

Fishing the Klut is still new to me. Every river has it's slight differences. It pays to move around, experiment.

All I can say is at least I didn't get skunked!!! lol.. I'm really looking forward to some fish arriving at Jim Creek. Driving 15 miles is much better than 150! And I have NO PROBLEMS hooking reds at that fine fishery!

Something I started to do is carry a small grocery bag and fill it up with trash and stick it in my pack on my way out. It sure don't take long and it leaves a nicer looking beach!
Carry on folks!
sourdo55

[AOJ: Indeed recent rains in the Interior could be messing things up. At this moment the Gulkana River has only been able to count salmon at the tower in 3 of the last 13 days due to high water and turbidity. Today its running 6300 cu ft per second in volume. The average volume for this date is 1730 cfs. So that river is over 3X more than normal and one foot below minor flood stage.

The Klutina River has been more stable, only coming up about 6 inches in the past ten days. But that can be enough to change fish movement patterns. Fresh rain often stimulates stacked up holding fish in the lower reaches of the drainage or out in the Copper at the mouth to shoot up in a big rush. You see that on the Russian during years when low water levels change from a rain storm.

You are right about Alaskans and their road trip mentality. But that is the nature of the beast with such a sparse road system and so many options spread out. Heck I have to drive 320 RT just to go shop in the big city. Glad I live on the Peninsula, 80 to Homer, 90 to Seward, and 100 feet to the Kenai. heheh I save a LOT of fuel compared to 90% of Alaskans.

So far there have been very good indicators all over coastal mainland Alaska that sockeye survival was higher than ADFG expectations. There are very good runs all over and I'm sure Knik Arm will see some improved fisheries this summer. And although FISH Creek is not forecast to reach above its escapement goal to allow dipnetting, I would advise the locals around the Valley to keep an eye on the Fish Creek Sockeye Chart. If run projections start indicating it will probably exceed 50,000 there might be a surprise opening. I base this on the strong sockeye characteristics throughout PWS, Kodiak and now Cook Inlet as well as the REVISED Cook Inlet Sockeye Management Plan changes that may well pump more fish of all species into the Upper Cook Inlet fisheries. So keep your fingers crossed and your hooks sharp. Time to go get some readings at the river and get the charts done. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY Everyone. DRIVE SAFE PLEASE! A fish is never worth a human life. ]

ANGLER:  AK Fly Fighter
TRIP DATE:  7/2
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  Kings

REPORT: Well Kings are still hitting at the Tailrace. There for 40 minutes and BAM!! A little reddish but still a keeper.

Was pretty excited for it was my first king of the year!! Good luck everybody!!

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid reporting for Captain Shane at DRIFTWOOD CHARTERS
TRIP DATE:  7/1
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Cook Inlet - Lingcod Opener
SPECIES:  Lingcod, Halibut, Rockfish, Salmon

REPORT: JULY 1st LINGCOD SEASON OPENER: Well Shane has been so "hooked up" I hardly hear from him. Up at daylight, out on the water most of the day, fish cleaning, refueling, and to bed. And when he is awake he is always out of cell service on a trip to the fishing grounds. But I finally got a call last night after the opener of Lingcod season. There are a number of folks that look forward to a Multi-Species long range mega trip during the month of July when the biggest lingcod are available and the rockies are fattening up to some big sizes. Toss in tens of thousands of pinks, chums, reds, and some silvers as well as the local feeder kings and a limit of halibut and its one of those memorable trips you will want to repeat every year. Just like this bunch of gals and a couple of husbands.

Fishing onboard the Misty Tuesday was as good as it can get. The six anglers limited on black rockfish with one yelloweye in the bunch. They put a limit of halibut in the fishbox and added 2 kings and another salmon. But the pinnacle of the day was the lingcod fishing. Those who have caught a lingcod found out that shortly after the fish was landed and killed their beautiful markings and coloration faded to a bland tint. Much like the iridescent rainbow colors of a dorado (Mahi-Mahi) which fade very soon after they are exposed to air. So in order to get nice photos of either of these two species of fish you must take the photos as soon as the fish are landed. (See the ling colors in the dock shot.)

The outstanding thing about these gals and their catch was they all hooked up at the same time and landed their fish at the same time. And all four fish were over 60 pounds each with the largest in the bunch topping the scales at 70 pounds. All four would qualify for an Alaska Trophy Fish Certificate if you went through the complex process of weighing on certified scales, getting witness affidavits, taking the required photos and then submitting all the paperwork to ADFG for processing. Most folks aren't prepared for that ordeal. BUT as you can see, each fish has its live coloration and markings clearly confirming all these were caught in the same timeframe to look identical.

Way to go Gals~! I don't think any of these gals were taller than these fish were long!

Captain Shane has put over 100+ salmon in the boat this past week with half or more being feeder kings. That doesn't include the rockfish and halibut that filled the fish box too. The other day he was a RED salmon short of a Grand Slam of all Five Pacific Salmon in one day. That is very early for a Grand Slammer. A good season is developing and there are a lot of jumpers out there on the saltwater right now heading up the Inlet. Fasten your seat belts, you won't believe the ride you are in for.


ANGLER:  Vi4 Kings
TRIP DATE:  7/1
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Lower Kenai River
SPECIES:  King Salmon

REPORT: Up at 3:00 AM and on the river with our lines in the water by 5:15 (myself and two slow neighbors!) Lots of boats and eager fishermen/women and the weather was very nice for the king opener. River temperature at 49.5 degrees and relatively clear although, drifting might have been a challenge. We were out for four hours from Falling In Hole on down to the Cross Over Hole above Beaver Creek and did not see a single hookup. I'm thinking the first run has moved up river although, we've been out trout fishing and things are slow there in the middle river as well so ????

[AOJ: The final numbers are in for the May/June early king run. We made minimum escapement goals by ELEVEN fish. 5311. So if there had been any commercial nets or a sport fishery on the river for that run, it would have ended up below mins. The June 30 count was 183 through the sonar and that was the highest daily fish passage in the past 12 days. Not much out there heading into the river at this stage.

From the ADFG Preseason Forecast Report issued 1/14/14: The outlook for the late run of Kenai River Chinook salmon in 2014 is well below average, with a forecast total run of approximately 19,700 fish. If realized, this run would be the lowest in the 29 years of record, approximately the same abundance as the 2013 run, and would be less than one-half of the 1986 - 2013 average run of approximately 57,000 fish.

If this run does come in this low then the catch of kings in the beach sites and drift fleet as well as the sport anglers will likely trigger the next phase of restrictions, which means they would go to Catch and Release for the sport fishers and the beach sites start getting restrictions on the number of nets they can fish. If the run continues to show it not likely to reach minimums then it would be closed and that would essentially end the commfish Beach Site set net season for this year. Remember 2012?]

ANGLER:  Aksalmonfisher
TRIP DATE:  7/2
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Mirror Lake
SPECIES:  Rainbows

REPORT: With all the cottonwood fluff on the water I decided to hit Mirror Lake. Used a stimulator fly that somewhat resembles the cottonwood and had a fish on just about every cast! Lots of bugs, but the little trout seem more interested in cottonwood seeds.. No real big ones today, but could spot several! Fished until the loons decided to steal my spot.. And after my dad having a fish on and a loon stealing and having the fish still hooked for a bit I decided to call it.. Last thing I need is a 20lb bird on a 6wt in a float tube.. Anyways weather was absolutely perfect! Sunny and warm couldn't get much better!

[AOJ: I had a very similar experience in the summer of 1970 (my 1st summer here) fishing for silvers up in the slough of Beaver Creek. I had just hooked a Dolly on my eggs and was fighting it when the drag peeled off like a race horse. I reared back on the rod and up comes a seal with my fish crosswise in its mouth. The fish went flying and the hook stuck in the seal's lip. Not much challenge with 12 lb. test line but I gave him plenty of "stings" of that hook before breaking him off before I got spooled. A great way to break in your first summer in AK.]

ANGLER:  jjs
TRIP DATE:  7/1
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Seward - Pony Cove
SPECIES:  Silvers and Pinks

REPORT: Spent 11 hours trolling for silvers at Pony Cove on July 1. Go get them they are here!! Put our limit of 24 on board the boat!! Had to wade through lots of Pinks.

Drank some beer the night before with one of the seiner fishermen working the Reds at the head of the bay and he said they are throwing out a couple silvers from their sets every day. He also said the reds are still there and there's only one boat left working them because other fisheries opened.

[AOJ: Always good to hear the silvers are starting to stage at Pony. And just in time for the 4th of July anglers heading to Seward this weekend. Perfect timing. Thanks for the additional info on the Res River sockeye run and the availability of fish for the shore-based group.]



ANGLER:  YoungAOB
TRIP DATE:  7/1
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai/Russian Sanctuary
SPECIES:  Sockeye Salmon

REPORT: Decided not to go to Klutina River and went down to the Russian River for the day. I got there and bought my ferry ticket. Saw anglers coming back on the ferry with no fish and they said it's been slow. So I hopped on the ferry right away and went to the sanctuary where I was surprised to not see as much people as I would of thought. Found a hole about 100 yards above the ferry and got a fish on the first couple casts. Didn't get to land the fish but it was a good sign that they were in there. I don't know how those anglers on the ferry said it was slow when I was losing fish left and right, I mean it might just be the technique. Anyways I ended up getting my limit and proxy in about 4 hours, it started raining for about two hours and fishing slowed down, but the sun came out and fish started to move up and I finished off, packed up and went home. The reds were still nice and bright I did not see that many blushed ones surprisingly this late in the first run. Great day on the river rippin' lips! Gonna come back out there tomorrow. Good luck to all and tight lines!

ANGLER:  sourdoughray
TRIP DATE:  7/1
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kenai River
SPECIES:  Kings

REPORT: Today was the long awaited king opener. I was at Sunken at 3am and Honeymoon at 7am. Nada. Neither guides or privateers did well which was to be expected given that most of the early run is well past legal fishing areas. Very few caught. Water was ok. A bit cloudy and temp. seemed fine. Beautiful day to be on the Kenai. This is the lull period between the runs. Expect it to pick up in a week or so. Interestingly a good number of reds being caught on plugs and flies. Don't know if its the end of the early Russian run or beginning of the Kenai run. Nice size and all chokers that I saw.

ANGLER:  Elmer
TRIP DATE:  6/27 - 29
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Got 2-1/2 days together and went down to the Russian to see what was going on. Arrived about 8PM Friday. Just watched for a bit. Didn't seem much Action. A few people coming across the ferry with 2 and 3 on a stronger. Was going to go to sleep, but the urge to wet a line got the best of me. Started fishing on the parking lot side just below the ferry and within 15 minutes I had 6 on and landed my 7th. Fished 1-1/2 hours till 11:45 and landed 4. Can't complain about that.

Started late again Saturday morning about 9:30 and saw a few fish being caught in the sanctuary. Found a spot and it was really slow. In 2 hours I landed 2. Decided to walk the entire Russian TWICE, and saw only THREE reds in the 2 walks IN the Russian proper. Went back to the sanctuary and spent another 3 hours fishing. Got another 3 for a total of 5 for the day. Had probably 20 on total, but the people just downstream would not move an inch so landing the fish was extremely difficult.

Sunday I got another late Start. Fished the sanctuary and got 5 in about 7 hours of fishing. Again had difficulty with people below me not moving when I had fish on, or I would have been done in about 3 hours. Interesting that Friday and Saturday's fish were all hens, and not too big. All of Sunday's fish were MUCH bigger and male.

All in all fishing was slow but I had fun. Ended up taking 14 fish home with me. I had 5 frozen Saturday so I wouldn't be in violation of the new regs. Sun was great.

Worst part is that I had a filet knife stolen Friday, Saturday had my lunch stolen, and then Sunday had my spinning rod, an ugly stick with an old Abu-Garcia reel on it stolen. The knife was stolen off the stairs as I was bagging my fish. The lunch and the rod were stolen from the beach behind me. There are buttheads everywhere I guess still ended up having an enjoyable weekend..

ANGLER:  Seabass_Seeker and Ms. Anchovy
TRIP DATE:  6/28
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Homer Spit Lagoon, Lands End
SPECIES:  Kings, yellowfin sole and pollock

REPORT: Ms. Anchovy and I spent three days and two nights camped out on the Spit before the July 4th craziness. At first all we planned to do was fish for pollock and flounder but after seeing that the kings were in we changed gears. For the first two days I caught nothing but enjoyed good company in a beautiful place. On the second night, on the incoming tide I was finally able to hook my first fish, a jack about 17inches. It wasn't until our last day that my bobber went under hard! I felt as though I held my breath the whole fight but finally brought in my first adult king salmon! Woo! It ended up being a bright chrome male taping out to 26 inches and 9lbs. I broke off another one on the incoming tide because I set the hook like a bass master, doh! User error. It ended up being a good thing though because Ms. Anchovy allowed us to stay for a couple more hours to fish the lagoon while the tide flooded in. Although I didn't catch another one, she caught her first king drifting roe under a bobber! This guy went 23 inches and about 6lbs and chromy. There was no hot bait, the only real pattern was that fish liked the moving water.

In the downtime between tide swings, we spent some of the time fishing Land's End and clamming the beaches. There were plenty of pollock, although unusually small, a few yellowfin sole and I saw a lady bring in 4 good size cod. We dug for butters and picked a few mussels as well. All in all, a fantastic weekend!

ANGLER:  Raffpappy
TRIP DATE:  6/29
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina River
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: With our travel trailer repairs complete quicker than expected, my wife and I made a last minute decision to try the Klutina for the fourth consecutive weekend. It had treated me well the first few trips. Plus, I was anxious to break in my new 10-weight! Local RV parks all full but we managed reservations in Glenallen.

I hit the water at 6:00 A.M. Sunday. Fished the bridge area right off the Rich, where I usually get a few. Saw a couple guys headed out with a few fish apiece, always a promising sign. I fished hard until 10:00 or so, getting only one hookup which I lost. I was fishing further out and in deeper water than I normally would, a trick I learned from this site and others, to no avail. I had eyes on at least 15 other fishermen and women, and saw only two fish caught, which is not a promising sign! The general consensus was that things were SLOW.

After joining mama for lunch and walking the dogs, I headed back to the river. Gave 'em my best effort from 1:00 to 5:00 or so. Only one hookup for me during this period, and once again a lost fish. Once again very few fish caught amongst the dozens of fishermen I had a visual on. Headed back to RV park in Glenallen with my tail between my legs. Undaunted, I vowed to return at night, when I usually do well.

Tried some new water during the evening. I headed a couple hundred yards downstream of the bridge at the Groves and Klutina Charters campgrounds. Fewer people fishing than during the day and I was able to find a sexy looking seam off the main current with sufficiently deep, slower water. Cool.....I had a 75-yard stretch of river bank real estate all to myself! Started at about 8:00 under partly sunny conditions. Was chucking extra weight and 4' leaders about 15-20 yards to the seam. Around 8:30 or so I experienced a burst of activity, getting a few hookups and landing a couple hens while losing one crazed buck. I also landed and gently released a foul hooked fish. That action quit as quickly as it started and things went dead for the next couple hours. Another friendly gentleman joined me for an hour or so, offering up some mosquito repellent as I had left mine in the truck. That was awesome, cause those vile little creatures were killing me!

Around 10:30 full overcast conditions came on, along with a brisk wind that helped to disperse the ravenous skeeter population. Then, for reasons I can't fully explain, things exploded at about 11:00. Already satisfied by the earlier burst of activity and thankful that the skunk was off my back, I was fully and overly satisfied by the next 60 minutes of fishing. A steady push of fish came on and I was fortunately in the right place at the right time. Several hookups later and with a heavy dose of chaotic fun on the side, I had three bucks and one more hen on the stringer. Hung/lost a few too, and released one foul hooked fish and one with a deep gash down it's side that wasn't fit for my freezer! Unlike the earlier deep water fish, these characters were tighter to the bank, most likely due to the dark, gloomy conditions.

As I walked out just prior to 12:00, pleasantly surprised at having met my self-imposed curfew of midnight, I was shocked to see most of the normal 24-07 campground hotspots vacant. Normally there's folks there all night.....I know, usually I'm there with 'em! Man, they missed out that push. I'm sure it would have provided steady action all up and down the campground banks!

Oh, yeah, almost forgot. That ugly, totally utilitarian Echo Ion 10-weight tipped with a Pflueger President 9/10 reel was pure bad news for those fish! hehehehehehe Hey, overkill beats underkill!

[AOJ: And underkill can often mean a broken rod! Always better to be safe than sorry. Glad you stuck it out and was mobile enough to move around. Not very doable on the Kenai River for most fishing areas. But the low water conditions of the Klutina this year has provided a lot more shoreline real estate to spread out. Variety is the spice of life. :-)]

ANGLER:  RkyMtnHigh
TRIP DATE:  6/30
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Took my father-in-law to the Russian this morning to try our luck with the tail end of the early run. Hit the upper sanctuary about 0600, with not another fisherman within 400 yards of us. Spinning gear, pencil lead (about 2 inches 1/4 inch hollow), and 3-4 foot leader. Fish ON!!! Both had our limits by 0830! Constant waves of fish through the shallow water. Some of them were starting to look pretty pink, but there were plenty of bright ones as well.

Saw fish being caught in the lower sanctuary as well, but it was definitely shoulder to shoulder.

We went down at the opening of the sanctuary and didn't have near the luck. 12 hours for five. (Which we were still very thankful for!)

Thanks much for all the work you do with this great resource.

[AOJ: That's a nice stringer of fish for being this late in the run and definitely an indication of how strong this run has been this year. I'm expecting the rest of Cook Inlet's sockeye runs to be very strong this year too. Larger than the forecast is expecting.]



ANGLER:  Chasin' Flies
TRIP DATE:  6/29
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina River - Robe River
SPECIES: 

REPORT: Headed up to the Klutina from Valdez for the day on Sunday; went up mainly to check out the Grove's Campground because a friend of ours is the new owner, Stephanie. She runs rafts and just added a jet boat to the fleet, so check it out!

But since I was there, thought I would check out the fishing. I was out by the Grove's Campground wading with my 8wt flyrod, had 1 hit and 3 fish surface about 2 feet away from me. I was fishing in what I thought would be a great hole, slack water below a small island. I was flipping the fly in the deeper water and drifting it towards the slack water. But to no avail. Only saw 3 fish landed during my couple hours on the water, spirits were down for most anglers that came from afar. But the wife, dog, and I had a great day in the sun trying to catch some reds! Empty handed but happy!

Dolly fishing on the Robe River has been awesome this Spring and Summer. Large dollies (18-24 inches) being caught on egg sucking leeches and our small red run has pretty much wrapped up, meaning flesh patterns should be productive soon as well. Remember, Robe River is FLY FISHING ONLY, even during Silver Season. This is a small natural run, please help nurture this fishery so it grows.

On the saltwater side, pinks are starting to show up at the Valdez hatchery and halibut fishing has been productive, both near and far from port. I picked up 4 ‘buts on an overnight trip a week ago near Knowles and RedHead, not huge fish but good meat in the freezer. High slack tide seemed to be the best in about 80-100ft of water. I would expect it to get better nearer to town as salmon start to return.

Kids Pink Salmon Derby is July 19th in Valdez, a great one day tourney for kids only.

Looks like July 4th should be sunny and calm on the water so head on down to Valdez!

[AOJ: WHAT? Sunny and Dry in Valdez? heheh You don't want to start a stampede do you? Klutina - Daily sonar counts at Miles Lake on the Copper have been quite stable since we passed the peak so that should equate to a steady although smaller number of fish moving up each day. If I was to fish there I would seek out that trail to the mouth of the river where salmon tend to stack up and rest once they realize they have made it "home" before moving to the spawning grounds. I've never been to that spot so can't give directions. Maybe locals in town can direct folks. Great to hear pinks are arriving already at the hatchery. That is always a very popular beach fishery and I'm sure the bears are going to be arriving shortly too if not already. Reminds me of a mini-McNeil River at times.]


ANGLER:  Wesak81
TRIP DATE:  6/29
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  North Friend Lake
SPECIES:  Rainbow Trout

REPORT: Drifting bait. This fat boy hit. Perfect weather.

ANGLER:  Chaz
TRIP DATE:  6/29
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River Sanctuary
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Went down to the Russian on Sunday to give my wife a chance to catch a salmon. This was her first trip and my second to the area. We arrived around 5am and headed out to the Sanctuary. Fishing started out slow for where we were. Right about when my wife was ready to call it quits, fish on. There were a few more hits for the next couple hours and people around us catching. It is slow, but patience does pay off. I was proud that my wife caught the first fish of the year for the family. Now to get back out there and limit out. I do have to admit that I am very pleased with the majority of the attitudes of the other anglers. It's nice to experience things like that.

ANGLER:  MoellerMom
TRIP DATE:  6/29
REGION:  Prince William Sound
WATER:  Whittier
SPECIES:  Kings

REPORT: I want to be so, so fair to Whittier! It's a beautiful spot filled with wonderfully friendly people, a great harbor, we had really nice weather, decent camping and were fairly close to home.

I read KK's fishing forecast and the ADFG weekly report. What? Shore fishing for kings?? Sign me up! Downloaded the tide table for Whittier and loaded up the camper. Two of us fished the hours around both daily high tides for two days in the shore areas open to fishing. Yes, we varied our gear, depths, speed of retrieves, locations, etc.

No salmon. Spotted no rollers or jumpers. Nothing. No one else shore fishing except for the small group of folks fishing herring. Suspicious, I tracked down an ADFG person and inquired about bank fishing for salmon. Suppressing a giggle as best she could, she indicated that a person would have to be very lucky to land a salmon from the bank and said that it just doesn't happen often.

So, it was a great weekend camping and we had terrific family time in a gorgeous setting.

[AOJ: Sorry to hear you and your fellow anglers did not see anything at Whittier. I can only go buy reliable sources and ADFG doesn't lie or exaggerate the truth in reports (if anything they lean on the conservative side) so I can't say why what you observed and experienced was as it was.

The reaction and comment of the "ADFG girl" was disturbing to say the least. And I'm actually shocked that she would make such a statement. This King Salmon Fishery (and the coho fishery later this summer) at Whittier is designed and intended to be fished and harvested by shore anglers and a few boat anglers just the same as the Ship Creek & Eklutna king fishery. So I did some research on your behalf and for those who may in the future want to consider the Whittier king fishery. So here is a bullet point list of some of the facts and info that go along with this hatchery stocked king fishery.

  • The release point where the salmon smolt were imprinted each of the years from 2010 through 2013 was off the mouth of Cove Creek out the east side of town. If you weren't fishing in that area then you weren't where the fish were going to be returning and milling around. Very similar to the Seward Lagoon Culvert where the kings are returning and the beach snaggers are harvesting those kings.

  • The hatchery programs that stock kings typically see a 2% to 3% return from the number of smolt that were stocked. But realize that these kings will have some of that number return the next year as jacks. And some the following year as two ocean fish, then the next year as 3 ocean fish and finally the last year as the largest and oldest 4 ocean fish.

  • The 2010 stocking was 105,000 smolt. This would equate to 2000 to 3000 total kings returning scattered out over the following 4 years. So this year, 2014 will be the first year that four year old kings will return because 2010 is when the program started back up.

  • But in this year's return, besides the 4 yr old 2010 fish, there will be some 3 yr old 2011 fish, some 2 yr old 2012 fish and a number of 2013 fish as jacks. All in all it should be 2000 to 3000 returning fish. No small potatoes when they are hanging around a small area, just like at Homer Spit Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon kings do.

  • 2011 stocked 100,000 smolt, 2012 stocked 96,000 smolt, and 2013 stocked 70,000 smolt. And all these were imprinted and released at Cove Creek. The good returns at Ship Creek and Eklutna Tailrace hatchery kings this year was hopefully a good indicator that Whittier will return some decent numbers too now that full size adults are in the mix. The timing of Whittier's king run is from mid/late May into early July so from that perspective there should be fish present and available to catch right now. (Same as Ship Creek timing.)

  • In 2014 the smolt were released in the Whittier HARBOR. So beginning with next year's jacks there will be some kings returning and milling around along the beaches in town which should provide some additional fishing room. Each year more and larger/older fish will start showing along the beaches by the harbor until Cove Creek kings are all gone. In 2014 there were 94,000 king smolt released at the harbor.


OK that's enough to digest for now. Be sure you are fishing in the right spot. Lures, eggs and herring under bobbers, and snagging is all legal in this fishery. Hopefully some other anglers will be giving it a try and have something more encouraging to report. Time will tell.]

ANGLER:  Kardinal_84
TRIP DATE:  6/28-6/29
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Whiskey Gulch
SPECIES:  Halibut

REPORT: As I posted earlier, Saturday and Sunday was our Northwest Kayak Anglers fishing tournament. We saw about a dozen folks turn out and we all had a great time.

Friday I pre-fished the area and land 5 or 6 fish keeping a 30 and a 40 pounder in about 3 hours of fishing.

Saturday turns out to be a lot tougher. While we all caught fish, they were all the cookie cutter 20 pounders or smaller. The day was beautiful, but the halibut just were not on the bite.

Fearing a 20 pound fish was going to win the derby, I headed out at 4:30am on Sunday to fish High slack. Only got one strike all morning but it turned out to be the eventual derby winner! 46 inches and weighed out at 42 pounds. The fish battled a lot harder than even my 57 pound fish so I thought it was a lot larger than it turned out to be.

Most of the fish were caught in 35 to 50 ft of water. I used a hoochie and herring on a spreader bar with 16oz of weight so I could slow troll and drift.

So here's the video. The first fish on the video is the derby winning 42 pounder. The others (out of order I think) are the other fish I caught Fri-Sun that I got on tape. I missed a few due to technical difficulties with my Gopro. Released most of them but did come home with 130 pounds of whole fish or another 60 pounds of fillets! C'mon reds! I can't just eat halibut !!!! So spoiled..... Sorry about the lack of editing. Just too tired after I get back.

[AOJ: Aren't those technical difficulties also called operator error. Heheh. Like dead battery, full memory chip, select still frames instead of video. The older GoPros are not that user friendly for their button pushing and cryptic minimal screen displays are they. Especially if they are glued to your forehead. That's why in all my raw unedited footage you see my mug shot peering into the camera lens checking on operation and settings after I have activated it. But no complaints. The firsthand perspective is golden in many viral videos on Youtube. And you never know when your next clip will be that Million View winner. I always keep my fingers crossed. Wait until an ORCA or a big seal comes up and grabs your fish just before you land it while shooting your video. THAT will get some views, eh? Keep filming. I just love harpoon shots and the buoy going under. When they are pulling a 14 inch buoy under for half a minute, THAT is really exciting to watch. Reminds you of a scene from Jaws.

Congrats on the winning halibut catch. The big tides are always more of a challenge than fishing the neaps, but for those that anchor it sends out a much longer scent line for halibut to follow as one advantage if you can stay on the bottom. Not a fan of 5 lbs. of lead on my line.]

ANGLER:  The Anglin Angler
TRIP DATE:  5/24
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Lake
SPECIES:  Rainbows

REPORT: Been lurking for a few years but thought I'd post to prove that there are rainbows in Eklutna Lake. My buddy and I fished there over Memorial Day weekend and we had some luck. I was pleasantly surprised to catch the big one since all the ones we were catching had been fairly small. The iPhone pictures don't do the fish justice to what it looked like in real life.


[AOJ: I'd say that is enough proof! :-) Looks like fishing around one of the trib inlets or a ravine discharge. That is some beautiful water!]

ANGLER:  AK Fishing Boss
TRIP DATE:  6/29
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Kings

REPORT: Went and caught the incoming tide this morning was soaking eggs and was slow at first then when the water level got high enough started getting bites and line bumps like crazy then bam!!!! Fish on !!! Landed this nice blush buck about 20-25 pounder.

ANGLER:  FishingDisciple
TRIP DATE:  6/28
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Kings

REPORT: I am a first time poster. My wife and I moved to Alaska and this will be our third summer fishing here. This site has been very helpful, especially to someone new to Alaska fishing such as us.

I was at Ship Creek last night (6-28-2014) and caught this guy on a Kodiak Custom spinner at about 7:30pm. Put up a good fight and thankful for the guy next to me who used my net to land it. I have netted a few of other people's fish myself and it's always cool to see people helping out their fellow fishermen. Saw a lot of rollers in the water but only a few caught in the time I was there... but they are in the river!

Thank you for having this site, it is much appreciated!

[AOJ: Well that's always a good way to get on the reports with a nice catch like that. Pretty fresh looking fish too. That ought to spark some interest in getting back down to the Ditch for some last minute ditch effort. PUN intended! ]


ANGLER:  Sierra Dragon
TRIP DATE:  6/27
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Lake
SPECIES:  the rumored rainbows

REPORT: I think its been over a year since posting. No not a matter of not reporting its just been that long since I managed to get out fishing. Last Summer was a crazy work year with no time.

Anyway we were out camping so took the canoe, fish finder and rods out on Eklutna Lake to try to find out if there were any rainbows still around. 3 or 4 hours crisscrossing the lake and the answer was nope, nada, and nothing. Not even a blip on the sonar the entire time. A 'yak Fisher out at the same came up similarly empty.

[AOJ: I've heard of folks fishing around the dam for trout with bait but have never heard of anyone catching anything. Perhaps around where some of the tributaries enter the lake might be spots where fish would concentrate.]

ANGLER:  Wilfred86
TRIP DATE:  6/27 - 29
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Fished Friday night from 10:30pm until 1am from the bridge down the river approx 1/4 mile. No fish, talked to everyone I passed- no fish for anyone else. Used 1/2 ounce to 1.5 ounces oh weight with leader lengths ranging from 3'-6'. Tried flipping close and casting out into the channel.

Saturday morning from 4am until 9am at the main mouth and a couple channels though there. Again same variation in tackle and techniques. Foul hooked (landed and released) one fish.

Saturday morning from 12:30 until 7pm. Managed one fish at the mouth (as far right as possible). Found fish milling around in some slack water. Fouls hooked two others. Again talked to everyone I could- no many fish to be had. Most someone said they did was 3 fish.

Sunday morning 9am until 1035. Only fished because a guy at the bridge said some were being caught (one guy had two in half an hour, and another guy had just landed one). There were probably a dozen ppl fishing. In comparison to the first couple days this was "hot action". Fished from bridge down about 1/2 mile. No fish. Saw one fish landed on the far side. Talked to one guy who actually had something positive to say: fish were in with good numbers between 2am and 4am halfway between the bridge and the mouth.

He had managed a limit.

Beautiful weather, friendly people all around, great setting, SLOW fishing. Based on my personal experience, talking with 50+ people along the river, and reading the most recent reports I can only come up with a couple conclusions/possibilities.
1. I am a terrible fisherman and so are 98% of everyone else out there.
2. Most of the people I talked to were not being honest with me.
3. The fish are coming in in small tight schools and if you get lucky you can "limit and get a proxy in an hour".
4. Combination of the above.

Don't take this post to be a rant- I had a great time camping and visiting with people. But I feel it's important to include the good with the bad with these fishing reports.

For those of you actually catching fish: more details might be helpful. I'll go so far as to ask for hook sizes, leader lengths, weight used, and as detailed as possible locations. Thanks all! Happy fishing! Remember to just enjoy being outside!

[AOJ: It sounds like you gave it the good ol' college try for sure. And you are absolutely correct, this Reports Page is intended to HELP people make an educated and informed decision on where to go for their next fishing trip - or where to avoid. So honest reporting of trips that failed are just as helpful. Our salmon fisheries are constantly changing from day to day and even hour by hour or minute by minute. As you can see below YoungAOB and his group on Saturday filled their stringers with more fish than they could carry. They did the same thing on 6/23 in another report down the page. When you see someone doing that well you have to analyze every component of what is going on. What exactly is the stretch of river like they are drifting. What is their terminal gear rigged like based on those water conditions. Amount of weight, distance from weight to fly, depth of the water, speed of current, etc. When I encounter reports with such a variety of success in the same fishery there must be factors that folks are overlooking when a photo can't lie.

Of course in your situation you didn't see anyone bagging fish so there was no value to watching others strike out. That was the most unfortunate part of your outing. I have been working for a number of days on a Sockeye Fishing piece, complete with recipes for tying up flies that are extremely successful at catching legal reds. There will be plenty of details about why I fish these, how I fish these and the reasons why anglers shouldn't use anything else. No brag, just my experience over a lot of years of doing as bad as everyone else until I started to get a handle on understanding a great many variables in play. Stay tuned. It will be coming out soon. And in the meantime, there are about 4+ million reds out there in the ocean starting to head this way. I doubt you will have any problem filling the freezer.]

ANGLER:  Tap915
TRIP DATE:  6/27 - 28
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R - Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Klutina River/Russian River
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: On 6-27 my cousin and I made a trip to the Klutina River. Richardson bridge was kinda packed with cars.. So we thought fishing was going to be hot. We went to our usual spot and fished for an hr or so. Nada zip zero not one bump or hook up. We went to the mouth of the river and fished that area for the very first time. Wow what a disappointment nada again the only bites we got were from Mosquitos.

There were several ppl fishing in that area and they too were catching nothing but mosquito bites. So we headed back to the bridge and fished a different spot and only saw several ppl with one fish. An hr later my cousin hook and lost 2 and I got a foul hook and released it. We packed up around 0100 and headed home empty handed - the fishing was very slow.

On 6-28 we both got cpl hrs of sleep and decided to hit the Russian River around 2030 or so. We were expecting a line of cars trying to get in and to our surprise nothing. Paid and went to the Grayling parking and all this time I thought to myself fishing was going to be another bust. We got our gear on and walked down to the Sanctuary. I was surprised not that there was not that many ppl on the Sanctuary. Picked out a spot and several mins passed by and "fish on!"

Long story short I know the limit was 6 but I didn't want to haul all that fish out in my back pack. I only kept 3 and the rest were catch and release. My cousin got his limit in 4 hrs and was very happy of the outcome. Reports from other anglers say fishing was slow. It all depends if you know what your doing, you will limit out. Oh yeah and that moron that was snagging your day will come and hope troopers catch you red handed and give a nice pretty pink paper. Tight lines everyone!

[AOJ: Looks like fishing was great on the Klutina on Saturday the day after your trip. See below. Fishing is going to be like that on migrating fish. The longer you can stick it out, within reason, or until you lose too much blood to the vampires, things will eventually provide better opportunities. Much like the Russian or even the Kenai. There are a few more MILLION sockeye yet to come.]

ANGLER:  YoungAOB
TRIP DATE:  6/28
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina River
SPECIES:  Sockeye salmon

REPORT: Went up to Klutina for the day with some buddies and got there around 4pm. Not too many people fishing by the mouth I was surprised because a lot of people upstream along the banks. Me and my buddy Joel caught our limit and proxy in about an hour and some change! The fish were in there in pretty good numbers, we were hitting them every couple cast! Might comeback again sometime this week and will give you guys another report. Good luck to all and right lines!

ANGLER:  akdonkeywhisperer
TRIP DATE:  6/28
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Campbell Creek
SPECIES:  Kings

REPORT: Hit the Campbell Creek kids only fishery on Saturday afternoon. Not too crowded. My son caught his first King. Gotta love roe. Thanks to Kevin at Cabela's for setting us up. Long time, first time. Love the site KK.

[AOJ: Well Sunday is another Youth Day on the Creek and with the thin turn out there should be more fish to track down. Let's make it his second king!]

ANGLER:  Fishonbruceak
TRIP DATE:  6/28
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Two of us fished the Russian Sanctuary on Saturday. We arrived on site at 9am to find very few fish being caught and very few places to fish. We set up on the upstream end and had sporadic luck throughout the day as a fish or two would hold there before going into the Russian. After 6 hours of casual flipping with only one to the bank between us we were just about to call it quits. The sun started to go behind the clouds and we decided to wait and see if the light change would bring on a pulse of fish. Glad we stayed. We saw plenty of hookups starting below us so we prepped fresh leaders and sharp hooks. The crowds shifted downward to the fish action then about 3:30 voila!! For about thirty minutes we had utter chaos of one fish on after another. The crowds descended upon us too and made fishing harder but not before we had a total of nine to the bank for the two of us. A slow stream of fish continued to come through as we cleaned our catch and headed out about 5:30. Meanwhile the sanctuary was going elbow to elbow. The hole I gave up was filled by three anglers. Glad we got ours while the getting was good. Fish On!!

ANGLER:  This Butt's For You
TRIP DATE:  6/25 - 6/27
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Kasilof River
SPECIES:  Red Salmon

REPORT: Fished the opener at Kasilof (June 25) on the cannery side. Went about an hour before high tide...very few. A couple of hours after high tide was the time to be there. Lasted almost to low tide. All were catching plenty and most were large for Kasilof.

Didn't fish 6/26 because I thought the commercial fishermen would make for bad fishing. Fish count at ADFG showed good numbers, but I don't know. Made a day trip to Seward instead. Friend caught a king near culvert in town in Seward. He saw some others landed. (Fishing/snagging is legal for these fish on ocean side of culvert.)

Dipnetted the evening of 6/27 at Kasilof and caught 4 (again before high tide to close to low tide). Very few except for a friend who found the fishing hole. Aside from him, not many seen caught. Thinking the commercial fishing on Thursday and the negative tide that coincided had a factor in low number overall 1 day after the commercial opener. That's my theory for smaller fish and less fish, anyway.

[AOJ: They commfished 9 hours on Saturday. Apparently they removed most of the reds along the beaches because they are not having an EO opening on Sunday. Next period is Monday which is the last scheduled period before the restrictive EO kicks in on July 1st. No more Monday and Thursday normal periods. Beach sites restricted to a maximum of 36 total hours of fishing time PER WEEK. The fishing days and hours will be determined by EO announcements based on trying to keep the escapement numbers down. So it will be short notice on when the nets start soaking but out of 168 hours in a week, they can only be catching fish for 36 hours. The rest of the time the nets will be drying on the beach. And the 36 hour Mandatory Closure window beginning each week at some time between 7pm Thursday and 7am Friday remains in effect as a guaranteed No Fishing Timeframe. If restrictions go to Catch and Release on July Kenai kings there are further restrictions on the commfish setnetters too.]


ANGLER:  N8R
TRIP DATE:  6/28
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Campbell Creek
SPECIES:  Kings

REPORT: My 3 year old son and I decided to take advantage of the youth fishing at Campbell Creek this morning. We arrived bright and early, at 10:30. The ADFG had a tent set up at Taku Lake where we grabbed a raffle ticket and hit the creek. I was expecting lots of people but was surprised when the "good holes" were open. First hole had a couple bites on bobber and eggs. Then moved down a bit. Second hole got a 1.4 lb jack. Then went up stream 10 mins and got a 5 pounder. Made it back to the ADFG tent at noon for the raffle. My son didn't get a prize and was a little sad. I told him the fish was the prize. I'm glad that there is an in-town fishery for kids only. What a great day!

[AOJ: And the good thing about it is you can do it all over again on SUNDAY. A two day event!]

ANGLER:  CSilook
TRIP DATE:  6/27
REGION:  Anchorage
WATER:  Ship Creek
SPECIES:  Kings and a LOST BACK PACK

REPORT: Hit the outgoing tide last night. Son hooked up with his first king. With all the excitement we had forgot our backpack. If you have found it please Contact me. All of our gear is in that bag. csilook AT gmail.com or 907-575-6987.
Thank you.

[AOJ: This brings up a thought. It probably is a good idea to place some contact information and a person's name in back packs, tackle boxes, and use a label maker to put a sticker on your fly rod or spin/bait casting poles. You can never say "I'll never misplace, forget, or lose my xxxxx." HA. I post a dozen examples each summer. An ounce of Prevention is worth more than having to buy a new rod and reel for sure! In fact I'm digging out my label maker right now!]


ANGLER:  RFK
TRIP DATE:  6/28
REGION:  Matsu Valley
WATER:  Eklutna Tailrace
SPECIES:  King Salmon

REPORT: Hit the Tailrace at 3:00am and landed a 24lb King 45 minutes later, just up from the foot bridge. Caught him on a #4 chartreuse Vibrax. There were a some rollers but only a few Jacks had been caught by the time I left at 5:30am.

[AOJ: Well as the run is finally winding down it looks like you caught one of the "Last of the Mohicans." That photo is either an optical illusion or your scales are off. Sure looks bigger than 24. :-) I would have guessed in the high 20's.]

ANGLER:  Klondike Kid and AKJake reporting
TRIP DATE:  June 25
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  CLAM GULCH BEACHES
SPECIES:  Possible PARALYTIC SHELLFISH POISONING

REPORT: We are entering some BIG tides this week and many folks may be thinking about going clam digging along Cook Inlet. This notice is to advise you that a digger who harvested and ate clams from just south of the Clam Gulch beach access road on JUNE 15th exhibited all the classic signs of PSP within 4 hours of eating his clams.

The Alaska Department of Health has taken shellfish samples from these Cook Inlet beaches and are testing the clams in the lab to see if we have an outbreak of PSP and "red tide" occurring. The lab results are suppose to come out later this week.

I would personally ADVISE folks to NOT go clamming this weekend for safety's sake. PSP can kill you. And beside that, the clams, due to a massive die off of razor clams on these beaches, are only producing tiny clams in the 3 inch size range with very few in the large sizes.

Be safe than sorry! Pass it on! Taken from Homer ADFG Weekly Fishing Report just posted:

The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services issued a news release about a potential case of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). DEC is processing razor clam and surf clams collected from the area and the results should be available later this week. http://dhss.alaska.gov/News/Documents/press/2014/PSP_PR_06162014.pdf.


~PROSPECTS FOR JUNE 27th WEEKEND~

    INTERIOR & PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND Region

  • CHITINA DIPNET FISHERY: The good news is recent reports from shore dippers have been pulling in good numbers of sockeye depending on your location. Its worth scrolling down to the latest Chitina Dipper reports to see their advice. There is NO SUPPLEMENTAL RED HARVEST for this week through Sunday June 29th. And NOTE there will be NO SUPPLEMENTAL RED HARVEST for the following week JUNE 30 - JULY 6 because there wasn't quite enough "surplus" reds through the counter. Missed it by less than 3000. Bummer.

  • COPPER RIVER CONDITIONS AT CHITINA: As you can see by the above Copper River level chart (click for full size), June 26 @ Noon, the river has rose slightly in the Chitina area and is trying to stablize. However, NOAA is reporting rain in the Copper River Basin and predicting rain or scattered rain showers each day through NEXT WEDNESDAY. So the Copper level may be affected by this additional rainfall. This river can come up several feet overnight so be cautious.

  • KLUTINA & GULKANA RIVER REDS: The strong Copper River sockeye run has prompted ADFG to issue an Emergency Order BEGINNING JUNE 23 raising the sport caught sockeye salmon limits to SIX REDS per day. Anglers are having mixed success at this time however there are plenty of fish in the river moving up each day. Those who are limiting out are trying a couple spots if one isn't paying off. And with the shallow water conditions the fish are further out so anglers fishing the deeper slots are not having any problem catching fish. NOAA is predicting a stable level for the next couple of days but depending on the rain this can change. Click the thumbnail for current and predicted Klutina River level. The GULKANA RIVER has seen rain and muddy water conditions preventing accurate sockeye counting at the tower. This won't affect sockeye anglers fishing the river and the SIX REDS per day applies to the Gulkana too. The run is expected to be strong this year with good numbers in the return.

  • WHITTIER/PWS/VALDEZ SALTWATER: Halibut fishing is SO GOOD out of WHITTIER it is again reported by ADFG that charter captains are finding it difficult to find UNDER 29" Halibut for their clients' second mandatory small fish and many anglers are returning to port with only one fish. With new 2014 halibut limits regulations, for charter boat anglers, they can catch ONE halibut of any size and the second halibut must be LESS THAN 29 inches long which is a 10 pound whole fish. That sure bodes well if you have a private boat to go fishing because private anglers can catch two halibut of ANY SIZE. Halibut fishing out of Valdez continues to produce some very large fish in the catch coming back to the dock and no problem finding a smaller fish for the angler's second fish.

  • WHITTER KINGS have arrived and anglers are finding fish while casting from shore in the area where the smolt are released. Fishing was good these past few days. This run will continue to build and for a change, it appears there will be some fish to catch. MAIN BAY hatchery sockeye run is building and reported to be hot fishing with the run peaking around July 4th.

  • FLEMING SPIT KINGS over in the Cordova area have been reported rolling in the saltwater near the cove. This is a hatchery return so you know where they are headed. ADFG expects fishing to start improving. Sockeye are in the EYAK RIVER and anglers are getting limits in some of the holes near the Mountain Slough cutoff and at the bridge at 6 mile.

    ANCHORAGE BOWL

  • CAMPBELL CREEK YOUTH-ONLY KING SALMON FISHERY OPEN THIS WEEKEND: On Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., a portion of Campbell Creek will be open only to kids age 15 and younger to fish for king salmon. The open area of Campbell Creek is between Dimond Boulevard and the Old Seward Highway. While adults are encouraged to assist their children, this section of Campbell Creek is closed to all fishing, including catch-and-release, for anglers 16 and older during this time.

  • SHIP CREEK KINGS: Well folks the King Derby is over but the fishing sure isn't. There are still chrome bright kings being hauled in but it appears it definitely can change from one day to the next. It was hot the other day with lots of fish being caught for several days, then it has just gone cold and turned off today. The fish are still there, just not the bite. Break that curse by catching a fish!! Floating eggs as well as using spinners is what most anglers prefer.

    MATSU VALLEY

  • Emergency Orders remain in effect restricting the king salmon fisheries of the Susitna Drainage and Little Susitna River.

  • DESHKA RIVER KINGS: The recent ADFG Emergency Order allowing BAIT and multiple hooks on the river has helped put more fish in the boat. But fishing has slowed a bit this week and anglers looking for success should consider fishing further up the river now according to ADFG. Lots of jacks.

  • EKLUTNA TAILRACE KINGS: Still some chrome bright fish being caught in this fishery this week. It appears to be mirroring Ship Creek king run this year in timing so there should be more fish yet to catch. There are NO EO restrictions on this hatchery run fishery. Bait and treble hooks are allowed 24/7. Some anglers seem to have this fishery dialed while others find it a bit frustrating to see rolling fish and no bites.

  • EMERGENCY ORDER: LITTLE SU KINGS: By ADFG Emergency Order king salmon fishing will be completely closed to all fishing beginning SATURDAY June 21. It doesn't appear this EO will be reversed as the increase in numbers of fish counted to date is not near enough to consider allowing a resumption of harvest this season. So start thinking KENAI SOCKEYE!

    KENAI PENINSULA

  • KASILOF RIVER SOCKEYE: The sockeye run has arrived a bit early on its timing and we are at 20,000 more fish counted on this date than same time last year. This prompted ADFG commfish to open the commercial salmon season for the Kasilof District on Monday June 23 for 9 hours. On June 25th the personal use dipnet season opened at the mouth of the river. A large crowd was present numbering perhaps 100 dippers on the north bank alone. There were pulses of fish coming in. Three friends dipped Wednesday afternoon for 5+ hours to bag 24 fish between them. Not hot by any means. Thursday was another scheduled commercial fishing period which most likely cleaned out many reds the dippers were hoping for. Monday's commfish catch for beach sites was 22,000. The beach sites will again fish on the scheduled Monday June 30 or earlier by EO.

    EMERGENCY ORDER: Commercial Beach Sites: Beginning JULY 1st, due to the EO restrictions issued for the July Kenai King run (see Below), a new restriction is imposed on the beach site set netters from Ninilchik to North Kenai. There will no longer be the normal scheduled Monday & Thursday commfishing periods for the beach nets. Instead the set netters are restricted to a MAXIMUM of 36 hours of fishing time PER WEEK as allowed by Emergency Order determination.
    The Mandatory 36 Hour Closure Window beginning sometime between 7pm Thursday and 7am Friday each week will remain in effect.

    EMERGENCY ORDER: Kenai River JULY King Salmon Run: Beginning JULY 1st, sport anglers fishing in the lower Kenai River that is open to king salmon fishing will be restricted to NO BAIT, Single Hook, Artificial Lure only. Harvest will be allowed at this time. The area open to king salmon fishing is from an ADFG Marker located 300 yards below Slikok Creek (College Hole) and extends to the river mouth. The Kenai River upstream of this ADFG Marker REMAINS CLOSED to all King Salmon fishing through JULY 31st.

    EMERGENCY ORDER: Kenai River DIPNET FISHERY: For the entire Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery season, from JULY 10th through JULY 31st, retention of King Salmon is prohibited. All king salmon netted must be carefully released unharmed.

    EMERGENCY ORDER: Kasilof River JULY King Salmon Run: Beginning July 1st, the NO BAIT, Single hook, artificial lure only restriction on the early king run will be EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 31st to protect the kings in the Kasilof late run. As a reminder, the Kasilof Dipnet fishery does not allow king retention and kings accidently netted must be immediately released unharmed.

  • RUSSIAN RIVER SOCKEYE: EMERGENCY ORDER: The Upper Kenai River from Skilak Lake to the Russian River confluence and the Russian River drainage have been raised to SIX REDS per day, 12 in possession as of JUNE 24. The Sanctuary Zone is also open to fishing now. We are past the mid-point peak of the run and fish numbers are expected to decrease as time passes. Experienced anglers will have no problems leaving with a limit if they spend enough time. Less experienced anglers who are struggling should pay attention to those anglers who are successfully and repeatedly hooking and landing legally hooked fish. There is SKILL and TECHNIQUE involved if you want to prevent cranking in fish by the tail or back all day long.

    PLEASE don't toss whole filleted carcasses in the river to cause a bear problem. Cut up your carcasses into SMALL pieces or gut your fish and take them out whole. Give the Bears a Break by being considerate of what you may do to get them into trouble and possibly endanger other anglers' lives - or possibly YOUR OWN on your next trip. (I don't request these things of my readers just to hear myself type BTW. I use that fishery too.)

  • LINGCOD SEASON: Opens Tuesday JULY 1st throughout Southcentral Alaska. Homer, Seward, Whittier, Prince William Sound, Kodiak and Gulf of Alaska.

  • COOK INLET SALTWATER: Why am I giving this two thumbs up? My Homer AOJ sponsor, Driftwood Charters finally got ahold of me this very evening. Captain Shane has put 74 FEEDER KINGS in the fish box in the last week or so out of Homer including two 32 pounders yesterday. Kings are on both sides of the Bay. And in fact, today he had a group on a Halibut/Rockfish combo. They had just finished their limits of halibut and raised anchor when Shane spots a huge school of baitfish and spikes indicating feeding salmon. They made a quick correction in the Combo goal and dropped the salmon troll downriggers on the spot. A few minutes later, TRIPLE TAKEDOWN. Today besides the halibut limits they boated 10 KINGS, 9 PINKS and the FIRST COHO of the summer. Sorry rockies, maybe next time. And he was there all by himself. The season is just getting started and there will be major numbers of sockeye just around the corner.

  • RESURRECTION BAY - SEWARD: Sockeye are winding down now. But the Bay is seeing lots of Pinks and Chums moving inside now. Still no Coho in the Bay but they are out on the horizon and some jumpers have been spotted at Pony Cove. Boats making it to Montague Island are hitting King Salmon. And back in Seward at the Lagoon the hatchery King run is producing fish for both beach anglers and private boats trolling in the area.

    KODIAK ISLAND

  • All I can say is just about every sockeye salmon run on Kodiak Island has been raised to 10 reds per day, with the exception of the Buskin which was raised to 5 a day. Kings on the other hand have been restricted or closed due to poor returns.

ANGLER:  S. Shannon
TRIP DATE:  6/26
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian Sanctuary
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: 5 of us fished the Russian Sanctuary and limited out. Took a couple more hours than our first trip when Sanctuary first opened.

ANGLER:  Light Leader
TRIP DATE:  6/27
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian Sanctuary
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Good weather, fish seem to be slowing. Experienced anglers were flossing a few but in 2 hours to my left and right (I was half way between ferry and the rope) I saw 2 landed fair hooks and I could see 15 people each way at least. I hooked two but as always, under-geared and had the wrong leader material. Saw a few splashing and about 50 stacked up between the signs at the cleaning station. Still too many floating carcasses! Chop 'em up! Plenty of cruising rainbows and dollies. Arrived at 6:00 PM, gave my donation and left 8:30 PM. Halibut in Homer tomorrow spuds more productive! Friday, June 27, 2014

ANGLER:  red tolman
TRIP DATE:  6/27
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian Sanctuary
SPECIES:  Reds

REPORT: Fished the sanctuary Thurs/ Friday. 4 on Thurs. and my limit today. Not many others doing well....but like you say if you know what you are doing... the fish are there.

Most people had too much weight on and fishing too far out. Watched the troopers arrest and handcuffed two young men....they were fishing from the island... not sure what the infraction was... but the troopers also took their nice Willie drift boat...I for one was glad to see the Troopers out there.

[AOJ: Hmm, sounds pretty serious. I'll have to keep my eyes out for what that was all about. ]

ANGLER:  LadyFisher
TRIP DATE:  6/24
REGION:  Kenai Peninsula
WATER:  Russian River
SPECIES:  Sockeye Salmon

REPORT: After hearing the sanctuary was opening early and the limit was raised to 6 fish we jetted down to hit the action. Parked in Grayling and hiked in after a 2 hour wait for parking. Hearing grumbles and seeing no fish coming from those who were leaving we were disappointed as we too became those grumblers on our way out. Has anyone tried Resurrection creek in Hope or Montana creek, have they traveled that far north yet? Looking to follow the fish this weekend and nail some. Any information would be appreciated. Fish on my friends!

[10th & M Seafood if you are looking for a sure thing. Hard to imagine anyone fishing the day they opened the sanctuary and not catch a single fish. Might be time to look for a new hobby. HA. It was limits for everyone who fished that day and reported back. ??]

ANGLER:  David C. Aikin
TRIP DATE:  6/27
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Copper River - Chitina Dipping
SPECIES:  Red Salmon

REPORT: I'm going to Copper River this weekend to go dip netting from shore. Before I get my permit, I was wondering if I should get the Personal Use Permit or the Subsistence Permit? From what I can tell, the only difference is the amount of fish that I can keep, but I think there may be more to it. Please help me understand!

[AOJ: You should definitely call your nearest F&G office BEFORE they close today (phone numbers listed in the regs booklet) and talk to them. Subsistence fishing is often "tied" to a requirement of being a resident of communities that are considered BUSH and they are granted the right to subsistence fish. Most of us do not qualify for that category because of our residence location does not qualify. Most likely you will fit in the Dipper Permit category. And note that even though this week and next week's dipping period does not allow the Ten Supplemental Bonus Red harvest, if another week turns up that does allow the supplement, you can go back and add the ten to your permit at that time. But for ten fish, it might be better to sport fish the Klutina or Gulkana for the rest of your needs.]

ANGLER:  MissJAE
TRIP DATE:  6/26
REGION:  Upper Susitna & Copper R
WATER:  Klutina River
SPECIES:  Sockeye

REPORT: Went to Klutina for a fishing trip from Fairbanks, because I had heard it was good and would continue to be for a bit, but I was wrong. Hours of research lead me to believe that with the proper setup I could limit out in a few hours, 6 hours straight and neither me or my boyfriend caught a single fish. I thought perhaps it was because it hadn't brought the right gear, BUT after a look around I discovered only one group was catching fish (they were also making frequent trips to their RV with buckets of fish which was suspicious). Locals had said people were catching fish at both bridges earlier in the morning. Not sure if I will be able to make it back to Klutina so overall this trip was a large disappointment.

[AOJ: Sorry to hear your expectations created the disappointment you experienced. I can't say whether you had the "right gear" or were fishing it properly or fishing in the right spot, or even fished long enough to be successful. Apparently if the locals, a trustworthy group, said people were catching fish earlier that morning it would lead me to suspect that you didn't get an early start, perhaps based on your expectations that upon arrival there would be fish waiting there for the taking. That can and often will be a fatal flaw in planning logic. Fish are a moving target. We all know from experience. Trust me on that one.

Maybe I can shed some light on the subject. A lot of folks who live in Interior Alaska and don't have the luxury of being surrounded by salmon runs in every direction you want to drive (like all of us Southcentral anglers) sometimes don't realize how salmon runs "operate." Salmon runs are much like 10,000 cars driving down the freeway during rush hour. Everyone heads out of the parking lot at the same time, and gets on the road at the same time in an orderly manner. But over time, and the farther you drive, the more erratic the bunching, speed, and spacing of cars become with some bottlenecks causing bumper to bumper stacking and then a wider stretch with more lanes has faster moving and more spread out cars. Eventually everyone gets home. All 10,000.

The Copper River sockeye travel 112 river miles from saltwater up one of Alaska's nastiest rivers to get to the dipnet area of Chitina. Then they must travel another 68 river miles to get to Copper Center at the Klutina confluence. Just like the rush hour traffic, by the time each day's passage of fish finally reaches their home waters they have been stretched and bunched many times as they encounter high speed rapids, narrow canyons and slow wide river valleys. So the passage of fish up the Klutina after all of that is not going to provide a steady stream of fish like opening a faucet. A number of earlier reports passed on information that fish were moving in groups up the river so there would be slow and fast fishing to expect. That is typical of even the Russian River or the mighty Kenai River sockeye runs. The best angler in the world will go home empty handed if there is no fish passing to catch.

Migrating fish can sometimes move more at certain times of the day. Its never a bad idea to get an early start on the water, i.e. daylight, which is about 2am. Work it from there. It sounds like you hadn't been to the Klutina before but I'm guessing based on your info. I would suggest that on your next trip you should tag along with some anglers who have been there a number of times and can lend some guidance on how they are successful. You don't learn how to ride a bike the first time you sit on the seat without a steep learning curve. Salmon fishing is really quite similar. And even the most experienced fishers must learn something new now and then as conditions present themselves that they have never encountered before.

I'll give you a little secret about time of day sockeye fishing if you don't tell a soul! Sockeye will travel closer to the riverbank at night and during low light conditions and move further out in the river channel as daylight increases. Its a response for staying away from predators, the bears and eagles as well as the human kind. This has been proven many times with ADFG's Didson sonar counters watching fish pass close to the transmitter at night and early morning and then move out deeper as daylight increases. THINK LIKE A FISH!

Don't give up. Sockeye fishing is a lot of GREAT fun. Best damn sport fish in Alaska on a 10wt fly rod in a fast river. And a fly rod is the ONLY way to go for fishing REDS. If you are still using archaic spin or baitcasting gear you are missing out on an entirely NEW WORLD of sockeye fishing. Trust me on that one. It took me 35 years to change my ways and I will never fish reds with anything but a fly rod from now on. Going home with even one nice fish can make your day. And a limit on a fly rod is the 3rd best thing in life, after #2 a good cigar and #1....well, you know! ;-) Good Luck.]


ANGLER: KMac
REPORT: Trip was a while back 6/18, but wanted to piggy back off of MissJAE's posting. Last year, as a rookie flosser, buddy and I did very well over two days but noticed that we could only catch fish consistently if we were standing at one particular spot (at the King for a Day campground we were staying at). This year, went back to same campground and caught 4 over two days while a family of 3 staked out "the spot" and hooked probably 25 over those same two days. It seems to me that there are very particular (like to the foot) places where the reds stack up and if you don't happen upon such a place or don't know where the places are or don't have strategy to keep that place locked up, then you may do a whole lot of casting and not a lot of catching while you watch someone at "the spot" hook up over and over. In fact, I watched the leader of the family tell another that they weren't standing at the right rock on the beach. She stepped down river ONE ROCK and hooked up on the next cast. Obviously, there other factors involved, but this is just my observation.

Next time I go down there, I will hike toward the mouth with someone who has fished the river many more times than me and learn where some more honey holes are. The reason I add my 2 cents here is that I think Klutina reports are VERY subjective. If a guy who's been there, done that, and knows his spots makes a report it's probably going to talk about an easy limit. Different guy could come down same day and if he's not on one of the spots, his report is going to be that fishing was super slow. The exception to this would be win there's a nice glut of fish in the river and it sounds like location is not quite as vital. Just my opinion.




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