Good fishing ahead

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2001

Since last week, halibut fishing and king salmon fishing have improved in almost every location.

Kenai River

King salmon fishing on the Kenai has been hit or miss, with most anglers having to work hard to catch one, but there are signs that it's improving.

Tuesday afternoon, Mel Martin, of Moses Lake, Wash., was fishing with Captain Michael Fenton, of Fenton Brothers Guided Sportfishing, and caught a 58-pounder. Several other boats brought in one or two kings.

The Kenai is still low and clear and will likely remain that way through the weekend. The crystal ball gazers expect more fish to enter the river any day now.

Kasilof River

King salmon fishing on the Kasilof was expected to pick up this week, and it has.

Captain Murray Fenton, of Fenton Brothers Guided Sportfishing, really found the kings on the Kasilof Tuesday morning. One client hooked and released seven.

Fishing should improve in the next few days.

Lower peninsula streams

This weekend is likely to be a rerun of last weekend for the lower peninsula streams. The Anchor will still be high and turbid due to snowmelt runoff. Deep Creek will probably still be high. And the Ninilchik should be in excellent shape, clear and low.

A few kings were caught in the Anchor last weekend, despite it being out of shape.

"Some people were hooking fish, but it's pretty hard to keep one on," said Nicki Szarzi, state biologist at Homer. "They get in the current, and it's quite a battle."

There wasn't much happening at Deep Creek, but quite a few kings were caught in the Ninilchik, especially in the early-morning hours.

"Overall, fishing was average, or a little above average," Szarzi said.

With catch numbers increasing in the Deep Creek saltwater fishery, the Ninilchik River may be hot this weekend.

Deep Creek-Anchor Point Marine

Fishing for both kings and halibut has been slow, but it improved early this week.

Tuesday, Mary Keogh of Key-O's Guide Service, said Captain Lynn Keough's boat had six kings on and boated four. The biggest was 25 pounds.

Also Tuesday, Captain Dennis Randa of Randa's Guide Service took four clients out halibut fishing and came back with limits of 25- to 35-pounders. Randa also reported catching "the biggest cod I have ever seen, about a 15-pounder."

Bix Bonney was fishing off Deep Creek for salmon with family and friends Tuesday and caught three kings, the largest a 45-pounder.

Some of the halibut charterboats got into some good ones Monday. Rumors were circulating that one barn door tipped the scales at just under 300 pounds. There was a whole lot of shootin' goin' on.

Halibut fishing off Deep Creek should just get better and better as the season progresses.

Homer-Kachemak Bay

A few kings are being caught at the Fishin' Hole on the Homer Spit. This means kings should be returning to Halibut Cove Lagoon and to Seldovia Bay.

Mary Donich, the better half of Daniel's Personalized Guide Service, said Captain Daniel has been bringing home the bacon regularly.

"He's been doing real well on both kings and halibut," Mary said. "They're mostly feeders, but nice ones. Some in the 30-pound range. He's been fishing at Anchor Point."

Tuesday, Daniel's four clients brought in four kings and eight halibut, she said. Monday, he was fishing the kelp beds off Anchor Point and brought back an 80-pound halibut. Saturday, he was in the same area and brought back a 142-pounder.

Resurrection Bay/Gulf of Alaska

Feeder king fishing has been good, outside Resurrection Bay. Spawner kings should be showing up in fair numbers along the beach at Seward. When the weather has allowed, halibut fishing in gulf waters has been good.

Michael McCall, at Sablefish Charters, said he has been hearing a lot of the charter skippers complaining about catching spiny dogfish outside Resurrection Bay.

"The place is infested with them," he said.

These small sharks love herring, and keeping them off your bait can be a real chore.

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