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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
...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 early and late runs the king salmon fishing might be slow, but hooking trout and halibut has been fast and furious for some anglers.
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.
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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