I fished every day this past week with the exception of Monday. I would’ve fished Monday, but Mondays are designated as drift boat only days on the Kenai River and I don’t own a drift boat.
How was the fishing? My salmon catch rate mirrored the sonar counter….ZERO.
If you don’t believe me, the sonar numbers can be found here.
It’s hard not to wonder if the salmon are late, or not coming at all. Since I’m an always full kinda guy, I think the fish are just late this year. If I didn’t, why would I be out fishing everyday? My plan is to continue to hold the course until I, or whoever is with me, catches the first king salmon of the year.
My fishing partner up until Friday has been my neighbor Dan. After that, it was Eli, who I’ve fished with most of his young life. We didn’t fish hard on any given day, but made sure to fish during the prime time, incoming tide.
We weren’t fishless (cough, cough), but a hooligan doesn’t exactly make this the world famous Kenai River.
What do you do when you don’t have fish pictures for a fishing blog? You do the next best thing and post wildlife photos. It was a very good week for wildlife viewing. Whenever I left the mouth of Beaver Creek, I was greeted by these two swans.
If you’re a fan of bald eagles, this is where you’ll want to be. With millions of hooligan running in the river, bald eagles have been having a field day feasting on them. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this type of density before. Every stretch of the river has had bald eagles on gravel bars or in the trees. It’s been impressive.
Here’s a young caribou hanging out on Angler Drive.
And this was the week that I spotted my first moose calf of the year. I’ll never grow tired of this.
I’m happy to report that Alaska opened up for business this weekend. It’s been nice to welcome our first guests of the season.
Don’t forget, Memorial Day is tomorrow. Take a moment to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. There is no greater honor than giving your life for your country. God Bless the United States of America.