In the beginning of the week, I made a return visit to Spirit Lake. The trout fishing there was excellent.
Most fish were released, but I did keep a few for my neighbor Nancy. She enjoys fresh trout, and I was happy to be of service.
The Kenai River reopened to king salmon fishing on July 1st. Since I’m posting a picture of a sunrise, you know the “catching” wasn’t so great.
I fished with friends for a couple of days, but I actually had my first guided trip of the year on Thursday. Matt and Larry live in the Matanuska/Susitna Valley and said they needed fish therapy. I told them we’re in between runs and the fish counts are low. They said it didn’t matter. As long as they had a chance to catch a king salmon, they were coming. We had a couple of bites, but did not land a fish. Thanks, Matt and Larry, for an enjoyable day on the water. The fish therapy not only worked for you, it worked for me as well.
When the fishing is slow on the Kenai River, it always seems like the wildlife knows it’s their time to show up. If you like moose, this was a good week to see them.
With very little boat traffic, this momma moose led her newborn calves across the river. I’m always amazed at their swimming abilities against such a fast current.
For the week ahead, my guide boat will be dry docked for awhile. Without any clients scheduled, and a water pump acting up on my outboard motor, my boat will be in the shop for repairs. Mechanical issues are never fun, but the timing of this is not bad. I would have hated for this to happen during a busy time. This is not my only boat, so I’ll be fishing somewhere, sometime.
Come back next week to see if I’ve been trout fishing, salmon fishing, halibut fishing, or all three!