A slew of silvers, plenty of pinks

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008

The sky may continue to be gloomy and gray, but the rivers are still running silver with salmon.

"Silvers are still arriving," said Robert Begich, a sportfish area manager with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

As August is nearing its end, the numbers of fish on the lower river are starting to dip a bit, but Begich said things are still going strong in the middle river.

"Silvers have been slowing south of the bridge, but there's still a lot of fishing effort from Skilak (Lake) to Bing's (Landing)," he said.

Begich also added that the brief lull down low is only temporary.

"We're expecting another bump in September, like we usually do," he said.

While silver fishing on the Kenai River has been above average this year due to strong early numbers, fishing on other rivers is still good, as well.

Begich said anglers have been finding success on the Kasilof River. The same has been reported on the Swanson River, near the canoe system pull-out in Nikiski.

While many anglers are targeting silvers, Begich said those looking to land pink salmon are still having a lot of success on the Kenai.

"There's still plenty of pinks," he said.

Many anglers are finding success for pinks around Warren Ames Bridge casting various spinners and spoons.

Begich reminded anglers to check the regulation booklet for the waters they intend to fish before heading out this Labor Day Weekend. This is because the regulations governing the use of bait and number of hooks will change for many areas on Sept. 1.

"There's a myriad of regulation changes, every place is different, so people should be reading them," he said.

Joseph Robertia can be reached at joseph.robertia@peninsulaclarion.com.

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