With silvers slow to show, anglers finding other fish

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2003

Candice Rysdyk of Soldotna had a thrill this week when she landed a 17-pound, 30 1/2-inch rainbow trout while fishing with her family on the Kenai River.

Of course, the Rysdyks weren't even chasing rainbows Monday they were flipping flies, hoping to pick up a sockeye salmon or two.

Candice, her father John and her mother Rene were fishing from the river bank at a friend's house, just across the river from the Soldotna visitor's center.

Candice, just back from five weeks in the Bush, was eager to do a little bit of fishing before school started.

"She nailed that I couldn't believe it," John said. "I thought, 'That's the biggest red I've ever seen.'"

John said they kept the fish in a landing net in the water while he ran up to the house to consult the regulations to make sure it was legal to keep.

"It was really exciting for her," John said.

The limit for rainbow trout in the area in which the Rysdyks were fishing is one fish per day, but anglers should always be sure to check the regulations for the area they intend to fish, and regulations do change with the seasons.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports on its Web site that fishing for silver salmon on the Kenai River has been slow to good, with anglers finding the most success using cured eggs.

The Russian River and the upper Kenai River, from the sanctuary area downstream to the powerline, closed to sockeye salmon fishing last week, but anglers have reported fair to good fishing for silvers, Dolly Varden and rainbow trout. Rainbows are catch-and-release-only on the upper Kenai.

Fishing conditions for silvers on lower peninsula streams are good, with anglers having success on the Anchor River, Deep Creek and the Ninilchik River. The use of bait is allowed through the weekend, but tackle is restricted to single, unbaited hooks starting Monday. Anglers also should be aware that steelhead trout, a catch-and-release-only species, are beginning to enter these streams.

Fishing for silvers in the Homer Spit Fishing lagoon has been good to excellent, but fishing for silvers in Resurrection Bay, out of Seward, has been slow, primarily due to poor weather. Fishing from the beach in Seward for silvers has been fair.

Fishing for halibut has been reported as fair both out of Seward and in lower Cook Inlet as the bottom fish begin their fall migration.

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