Silver salmon are continuing to storm the rivers to the delight of anglers looking for late summer action.
"It's good, really good," said Scott Miller of Trustworthy Hardware and Fishing in Soldotna.
Miller is an avid angler, but the nature of his business also keeps him informed of what guides and non-guided fishermen are catching. He said over the last week, he hasn't heard of too many people going home empty-handed.
"It's been quite a while since I've talked to anyone that hasn't caught a fish," he said.
Miller said he has also done quite well for himself, too.
"We went out (on Wednesday night) and had no problem getting our limit. We got 11 to the boat in less than an hour," he said.
Silvers are starting to spread out through the river, but Miller said most of the action is still below the Soldotna Bridge.
"Fish are being caught higher up, but it seems to be best down low, from the Pillars to the Pasture, Eagle Rock, and around Cunningham (Park)," he said.
Miller said it isn't just the number of silvers being caught. They're also a little larger than usual.
"Two nights ago I got a 17-pounder. Fish and Game was there to weigh it. It seems like there's a lot of fish in the 10- to 12-pound range this year," he said.
In addition to silvers, Miller said large, very large, numbers of pinks have also made their way into the river, but he said tackle can help anglers target their fish of choice.
"You have to wade through some humpies, but not as many as you'd think. We've been floating eggs under a bobber instead of flipping spinners and Pixies," he said.
Miller said he has also heard several reports that the silvers are running strong in other rivers too, including the Ninilchik, Anchor and Swanson River, which can be accessed from the canoe pull-out in Captain Cook State Park.
"They're running a little smaller than the fish in the Kenai, though," he said.
After such a dismal sockeye season, Miller said the strong return or silvers is helping anglers get a few fish in the freezer, and it looks like there are still more silvers coming.
"I've talked to guys out in the inlet, off of Anchor Point, and they say the silvers are jumping everywhere, so this should last for a few more weeks. It's a good end to summer," he said.
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