1 day more: It's almost time to start chasing rainbows, silvers

Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2009

In just a day it will be good to be king in the Kenai River.

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This 74-pound king was caught by Reona Fujiwara, pictured, who is a Japan Airlines pilot visiting here from Japan. Reona caught the huge king while with her family on the afternoon of July 23 with Tim Hiner of Tim Hiner's Fishing Alaska. Tim said it is the largest king salmon he's boated since 2006, and took nearly an hour to land.

Until then, those who havn't marked their second fish will surely be out chasing the elusive salmon and not paying attention to much else going on beyond the banks of the river.

For those done with king fishing, it's time to move on.

Silvers have been making their way into area fish boxes in varying numbers over the past week.

Reports have come off the water that the furious fighting fish have been caught as high as above the Naptowne Rapids in the past week.

Robert Begich, sport fish area management biologist with Fish and Game in Soldotna, said he couldn't officially confirm any reports of silvers being caught.

"Silvers are expected anytime," he said.

Halibut boats fishing out of Deep Creek, Anchor Point and Homer have also reported catching silvers in Cook Inlet, and more than a few anglers have brought home both red and white meat.

Red fishing on the Kenai has become more difficult as the river continues to rise.

"High water conditions in the Kenai are making it difficult to get at them as all gravel bars and well-known locations are generally underwater," Begich said.

A fresh shot of fish was counted by the Fish and Game sonar Monday, counts last week however were generally low.

Anglers with both a little bit of patience and persistence tied to the end of their lines have done the best in the past week.

Sockeye returns on the Kasilof have been strong in the last few days.

Angler reports on the Russian have been less enthusiastic. Fish have continued to move through the weir at the bottom of Lower Russian Lake in number ranging between 1,500 and 2,500 fish a day over the past week.

Angler reports indicate that success has been fair for those who stick it out.

Personal-use anglers working the mouth of the Kenai have found success between lulls, while those working from boats have continued to do better than those from shore.

The fishery closes Friday.

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