Pinks impossible not to catch



Pink fishing is excellent right now on both rivers, said assistant area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Jason Pawluk.

“Pinks are so numerous it makes catching other species almost impossible,” Pawluk said.

The most success is being reported in the lower sections of both the Kasilof and Kenai rivers.


Sockeye salmon fishing is almost done for the year, Pawluk said. Catch reports are coming in very slowly on the lower Kenai River.

Anglers are having slightly more success fishing for sockeye salmon in the Upper Kenai River and on the Russian River, Pawluk said.

Fishing on the Kasilof River will likely yield no success at all, he said. The season on the Kasilof River is over.


Coho fishing is very slow right now on both the Kenai River and the Kasilof River, Pawluk said. Boats are only catching one or two a trip, and that is if they are lucky, he said.

At the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit, fishing for early-run coho has been good, according to a Fish and Game fishing report. Anglers are having success with salmon eggs, herring and blue Vibrax spinners, according to the report.

Resident species

Rainbow and Dolly Varden fishing is still good, Pawluk said, but will become much more difficult as the gigantic wall of pink salmon keep marching their way up the river toward Skilak Lake.

In the lower Cook Inlet, fishing for Dolly Varden in roadside streams is good, according to Fish and Game area fishing reports.


Today is the final day for dipnetting on the Kasilof River.

Dipnetting for sockeye salmon in China Poot has been slow, according to Fish and Game reports.


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(Author’s note: This column, about springtime fishing for king salmon and halibut in Cook Inlet, first appeared in the Clarion on May 17, 2002. Dennis... Read more