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All about the salmon

Fishing opportunity is picking up on the Kenai Peninsula as salmon runs to area streams continue. Numerous lake and marine water fishing opportunities are also available for anglers who are looking for something other than salmon.
Weather cools, silvers heat up

When the red, white and blue bell clipped to Andre Ellibinian's pole clanged loudly Wednesday, the flannel-clad French-speaking fisherman sprang into action.
Lull in sockeye fishing as late run kings to open

Late-run king fishing will open Monday on the Kenai River as the early sockeye salmon run hits a lull on the Kenai River. "Because it's open, (it will be) probably fishable," said Brian Miller, co-owner and manager of Trustworthy Hardware & Fishing.
Rainbows gorging, silvers pulsing [+ video]

Rainbow trout gorging themselves on eggs and flesh from the Kenai River's large sockeye run this year will provide anglers with plenty of opportunity this weekend. And if the trout aren't there, the silvers might be tucked in nearby. Standing in the middle of the Kenai River sanctuary near its confluence with the Russian River on Wednesday, Colin Lowe, owner of Kenai Cache Outfitters said rainbow trout and Dolly Varden action was good. "I've caught quite a few in less than 20 minutes," he said. "Just released a fatty 21-incher."
Drift fleet nets more restrictions: Fish board makes changes based on coho salmon concerns

The Alaska Board of Fisheries began working its way through the hundreds of proposed regulation changes for Upper Cook Inlet finfish at the Egan Center in Anchorage Tuesday.
Kings 'moving in'; openers set

Set your alarm clock -- 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. If you wake, chances are you'll be one of hundreds of groggy-eyed hopefuls plunking salmon eggs or other shiny objects into the Ninilchik and Anchor rivers and Deep Creek in hopes of hooking the season's first run of king salmon. The three-day weekend fishery for the three rivers will be open May 26-28.
Ready or not? Russian set to open

...river is apparently running red. "They are here and they are on their way," said Robert Begich, area management biologist for Fish and Game in Soldotna. "It's a small number and less than we normally see this time of year." Fish and Game...
Between runs, cast a fly for trout

Between early and late runs the king salmon fishing might be slow, but hooking trout and halibut has been fast and furious for some anglers.
Time of year for variety of catching: Water levels may be high but fishing opportunities are higher

During the last part of the prime fishing season here on the Kenai Peninsula, sport anglers have a variety of options for netting souvenirs or simply dinner even with the high water levels.
Nets set for fish board: Commercial fishermen have eye on process, proposals

Editor's note: This is the first part in a three-part series leading up to the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting on Upper Cook Inlet finfish issues Sunday. The purpose of the series is to examine the three distinct user groups, the people that constitute them, and what issues matter to them the most.


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