More Kings on the Kasilof, More Options on the Kenai.
As we move into the middle of June, fishing remains steady on the Kasilof River for king salmon as well as sockeye and a few remaining down river steelhead. Our boats have been finding reasonable success on both wild (naturally-produced) and hatchery king salmon as we move into the seasonal peak for this early run king salmon fishery. Most of the kings are still bright chrome and covered in sea-lice indicating there are still a number of fresh fish entering the river daily. We are also seeing and catching a fair number of sockeye salmon on the Kasilof and this run should only continue to build and improve well into late June and early July.
Good News and Bad News
First lets talk about the good news as it has really been a very good week for our guests. King fishing on the Kasilof River remains steady with multiple opportunities for king salmon on every trip. The ratio of wild (naturally produced) vs. hatchery fish has been 3:1 in favor of wild fish but we have been able to keep several nice hatchery king salmon in the last week to ten days. Seeing more naturally or wild kings first is pretty typical for this run and we should expect more hatchery fish to show up very soon. The Kasilof is also seeing a huge push of sockeye salmon right now so that is also a very good option for those wanting to float from Tustamena Lake down and pursue a limit of red salmon.
Improvement! After a relatively slow start to our king season on both the Kenai and the Kasilof, fishing has definitely picked up for us on the Kasilof River. Over the past three days very good numbers of both naturally produced and hatchery king salmon have come into the river as well as a decent number of sockeye. We have had multiple kings to the boat in the last two trips and kings are being caught daily up and down the Kasilof River. This change seems to correspond with more favorable weather conditions, more moderate tides and rising river levels and water temperatures. Whether this trend will continue is unknown, but for now, things seems to be improving daily...at least on the Kasilof. Below is a sampling of the fish we have landed in the last couple trips:
The 2013 fishing season is officially underway although in many respects it seems several weeks late. We experienced a very cold and reluctant spring with early and mid May temperatures still dipping well below the freezing mark in the morning and barely eclipsing 50 degrees during the day. This did little to encourage king salmon in the salt water to enter the rivers as to them this is still more characteristic of late winter than the beginning of summer. Fast forward to the last week to ten days and suddenly we are seeing one of the finest warm weather streaks I can remember in several seasons with highs now soaring up to seventy plus degrees. Indeed Alaska weather is like riding a roller coaster,
Snow in May, really?.... Apparently my March 10 post exclaiming spring has spung was a bit premature. Here is it May 17 and it is actually snowing. Overnight temps are still hitting the freezing mark on a daily basis and the river still has several feet of ice still firmly entrenched on its banks. Needless to say , this has the fish thinking it is still late winter and therefore there has been little to no salmon activity on either the Kenai or the Kasilof.
While some people rely on rodents and their shadows to declare Spring's arrival, we here at the Glassmaker Family look to the river for Mother Nature's harbinger of Spring. Today it spoke to us! After many months of winter slumber, the river finally broke through and is dead even with our property. I am sure by tomorrow morning another neighbor down river will notice sheer ice and snow giving way to the mighty Kenai, but for today, the flowing waters of the Kenai ended here. Looking back at previous years, this one is definitely a bit early and as if to verify that winter is not really over, we got several new inches of fresh snow today, all as the river simultaneously ate through the ice and pushed its flowing waters further downstream.
Don't believe the hype.
Alaska mosquitoes will bug off if you just know the right tricks.
There's definitely good reason why many Alaskans feel the mosquito should be Alaska's State bird....