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Sockeye fishing getting even more crowded

Posted: June 28, 2013 - 12:46pm  |  Updated: July 1, 2013 - 7:44am

Hooray for Bill Bailey’s letter (June 26) on crowding on the middle river. Not only are the guides hogging all the prime fishing spots but the state, in all its wisdom, has fenced prime access areas to the salmon with habitat protection fences further decreasing fishing areas. Red fishing is absolutely crazy on the middle river. Those of us whole live here are really suffering when we get on the water and see guide boat after guide boat ferrying customers in an already outrageously crowded river. Every place I go, there is a guide boat with customers occupying choice fishing spots forcing people to fish in dangerous water. Last year I went to one of my favorite spots and it was occupied by a young man who was preparing several poles that were laid out on the bank and when my wife got out of the boat to tie us off, we were informed by this young man that we couldn’t fish there because his employer, a guide, was bringing clients. Guides are commercial fishermen, we take care of the river so that they can ply their trade at our expense. Something is really wrong with this scene and I hear tell that Bing’s Landing facilities are being expanded to accommodate more users. It’s going to be like trying to squeeze 2 quarts of hamburger into a 1-quart Ziploc.

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pengy 07/01/13 - 11:14 am
Tragedy of the commons....

Tragedy of the commons....

jennyb47 07/02/13 - 07:35 am
Guides Don't Own the River

I recognize the added traffic with guides dropping off clients to fish for reds too. It is the guides responsibility to know and teach the Kenai River "etiquette" to their clients. You don't put a fishing rod on the bank to save a spot - REALLY??!! If this is what fishing on the river has become - there needs to be more law enforcement or it's gonna get ugly.

KenaiKardinal88 07/04/13 - 09:03 am
Guides Killing Middle River

Yeah, same story. The guides are dropping off clients right on top of us.

They claim with the poor King runs, they have to now hit the reds harder.

This is just wrong.

Unglued 07/04/13 - 10:17 am
Guides a travesty

With the king fishing dismal, guides have no choice but to fish for whatever is left. The poor trout really take a beating, with the guides touting their power-boat fishing as "world-class" trout fishing, and releasing the same fish over and over again. Only a fool would pay someone to go on a trip like that. It's already ugly, and will only get more so, when they close down all fishing for the late-run kings. What State Parks needs is to close the river to guides.

RUKidding2 07/05/13 - 08:07 am
Fishing in "their" holes ...

Its bad enough when a guide tries to push one of us locals out of "their" hole, but now the banks, gravel bars, etc. are "theirs" too. I was sort of hoping that the required Guide Academy might teach these folks some manners & rules, but I guess I was wrong.

I guess the guides have now become an over-paid shuttle service in July. You'd expect a "guide" to stay w/ the clients and show them how to fish, not leave to ferry another group of clients ($$$) to another one of "their" fishing spots.

I bet the river will be lined w/ guides anchored up for silvers starting August 1. I wonder how long it will take them to screw that run up as well? Maybe they will leave their buoys in "their" holes all season so us locals will know not to fish there.

I try to have some respect & heart for at least the local guides, but they are making really tough.

Limited entry is going to be the only real solution. Either the State can jump in and create some rules, or sheer economics will take care of it. Once they fish everything out, the over-crowding won't be a problem anymore. Except for the fish.

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