As I feared, due to low returning king salmon numbers, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game closed the season on 7/23.
The 2020 Kenai king salmon season is now officially in the books. It was not pretty. Hopefully, ADFG’s actions will ensure strong future returns.
On to the fishing report.
The only king salmon trip I had this past week was on Tuesday. Joining me was long time friend of Beaver Creek Cabins and Guide Service, Bill J, along with his friends Warren, Jay, and Jared.
It wasn’t exactly the action I’ve come to expect for the third Super Tuesday of July, but it wasn’t bad. With perseverance, we were able to catch and release two nice Kenai kings.
Jay caught the big king of the day. After a fifteen minute battle, this 45lb king made it into the net. Jay was quick to tell me that this is the biggest fish he has ever caught.
And here’s Jared measuring our other king of the day. It was 38lbs. Like Jay, Jared said this was the biggest fish he’s ever caught.
The rest of the week I chased red salmon. Mostly with rod and reel, but I did take my son, Mac, out dipnetting. From left to right is Mac, his girlfriend Madison, and their friend Daniel. It’s safe to say they won’t need any more fish for the freezer this year.
Mary Jo and John put their time in to get their limit of reds. Also on this trip were Joe “The Red Whisperer”, and Nancy. With a nickname like that you know Joe caught his limit (and released several others). Nancy, well, she got one. At least she wasn’t last. That honor goes to yours truly. Usually I can pick up a few reds when I’m flipping with my clients. Not on this day.
I finished the week fishing with Glenn. It rained, and it rained, and the fish were few and far between. We ended up with seven hard earned red salmon over a two day period.
Thought I’d include a photo of another big game animal common to our area. For some odd reason, this caribou really liked running down Beaver Loop Road. At least it was on the right side of the road.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, another moose photo to end a post. What’s not to like about a moose photo?
For the final week of July, instead of king salmon, I’ll be switching over to red salmon trips. It could be a bit early, but any day now the silver and pink salmon will start to show. I can hardly wait.
See you next Sunday with a new fishing report.