In The Eagles' "Hotel California" album, there's a line that goes, "This could be heaven, or this could be hell." For king salmon fishing, those are the possibilities for this weekend. Halibut-wise, things definitely are looking heavenly.
King salmon fishing in the Kenai has been slow, but it could take off at any time. Good numbers of fish were being counted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game sonar counter on the lower river at midweek. Tuesday, anglers were saying they were seeing kings on their sonar fish-finders, but the fish weren't biting. Wednesday, the sonar
count for the previous 24 hours was 842 -- double the usual count for this time of year.
The slow bite may be due to the slowly rising water, said Captain Jeff King. The rising water is full of organic material, mainly decomposed salmon, which makes it hard to fish. About five minutes in the water, and your lure is fouled with it, he said.
"Whoever is on the river the first day that water conditions improve will have some great fishing," King said.
Tuesday at noon, Captain Mike Revis, of Northern Extremes Guide Service, brought in a 35-pounder, caught by Katie Corcoran, of Chicago, Ill. Katie and her husband, Ed, arrived at Seward on a cruise ship and have been enjoying the peninsula this week.
Wednesday, things were looking up. Captain Mark Tudor reportedly saw 15 kings boated on the lower Kenai in the morning.
A few early-run reds are being caught by anglers who have spotted jumpers and flipped flies for them. These "bluebacks" are bound for the Russian River, which opens June 15. Or, you can try to catch one between the Russian River ferry and the power line starting Monday.
King salmon fishing on the Kasilof has been good, and should continue good for some time. Fish are being caught from the bank and from shore.
Lower Peninsula Streams
King salmon fishing on the Ninilchik River was fair last weekend. The third opening for the Ninilchik and Anchor rivers and Deep Creek is Saturday through Monday. This is the final king salmon opener for the Ninilchik and Deep Creek. The Anchor will be open
for king salmon fishing for two more weekends.
The Anchor River and Deep Creek -- as usual -- were high and muddy for the first two openings but seemed to be improving at midweek. These may be good fishing this weekend.
Deep Creek-Anchor Point Marine
"We've been limiting out on the halibut," said Sharon Kruse, at Rod 'N Real Fishing Charters, in Ninilchik.
Last Saturday, they brought in a 225-pounder, Kruse said.
King salmon fishing has been "really slow," she said. Monday, they brought in a 40-pounder.
Captain Lynn Keogh, of Key-O's Guide Service, said it seems like more halibut are moving up into the inlet now.
"We're going back into the good tides this weekend, so that'll tell the tale. We should see some good catches this weekend," Keogh said.
Kings are showing up in the Homer Spit fishing lagoon, at Seldovia and at Halibut Cove Lagoon. Good catches of halibut are coming in, according to all sources.
Fishing for halibut and black rockfish in the bays east of Resurrection Bay has been very good. If you go, take along a fly rod and sink-tip line for black rockfish.
These feisty fish often suspend just below the surface and are easily caught with most any pattern that imitates shrimp or baitfish. Feeder cohos will hit these flies, too.
Fishing for feeder kings in the Fox Island area remains productive. Spawner kings are showing well near Lowell Point and near the Seward Lagoon out-flow.
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