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Tight Lines: Silver salmon season still succulent -- Float the Swanson, or fish the Kenai and Kasilof rivers this weekend

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010

Silver salmon fishing opportunities still abound on the Kenai Peninsula as the season--and visiting anglers--begin to wane.

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Kiara Carone from Maui, Hawaii with her first fish on the Kenai River.

Robert Begich, area manager for the Department of Fish and Game, said the water levels on the Kenai River have lowered to average flows.

He said water conditions are good right now throughout the Kenai on both the upper and lower parts of the river meaning fishing success is fair to good for coho.

"People that are working the tides down low that are fishing early in the morning and late in the evening are doing OK," Begich said.

Begich said some anglers are getting their two-a day limits or at least catching one for a half-limit.

"It's holding it's own. It's pretty stable right now," he said about coho fishing.

Roger Byerly, owner of the Angler's Lodge in Sterling, said the water on the Kenai looks perfect right now.

It's "good, clear, nice water conditions," he said. Byerly said the warm weather has made it a bit murky, but it's fishable.

But, he said, it's been slow for his boats, only catching a couple coho among three clients.

"The Kenai has been pretty slow but there's a few," he said. "It wasn't great but it wasn't completely dead."

The Kasilof River is "fishing OK" for silvers, Begich said, but the water level was still high last week.

Bylerly said he thinks the Kasilof is better than the Kenai right now for silvers.

On the upper Kenai, rainbow trout fishing is picking up.

"The sockeye are spawning in the lower Russian below the falls," Begich said, so "using flys that imitate drifting salmon eggs works well for trout."

Begich said a hot tip for this week would be to float the Swanson River

"It's a good bet for the weekend, if the weather is nice, for silver fishing and moose hunting," he said. "Lots to do."

Down south, coho fishing is reportedly "poor to fair" in the Anchor and Ninilchik rivers and Deep Creek but anglers are doing best early in the morning.

Homer Fish and Game said the best way to catch silvers in the southern streams is by drifting salmon roe clusters along the bottom.

According to Fish and Game's counts, an average of 100 silvers are swimming upstream a day.

Brielle Schaeffer can be reached at brielle.schaeffer@peninsulaclarion.com.



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