Another awesome week of red salmon fishing with incredible people.
I honestly think this has been the best stretch of red salmon fishing that I’ve ever seen. And, it’s not over yet.
On to the fishing report.
The fishing week began Sunday morning with Team Chesney. Once again, Martin, Chris, and Jacob put on a catching clinic.
That afternoon, Todd and Renee picked up where the Chesney’s left off. I’m happy to report that Renee experienced no equipment malfunctions on this day.
On Monday, Todd and Renee fished one last time. I hope they remember the trip because it only lasted 15 minutes. Epic day, guys, epic day…
Later that day, Harold, Joshua, and Diane fished for a couple of hours to get their limit. A job well done.
Tuesday morning I got to fish with two people I really enjoy spending time with…my wife Jane, and Gary Blinn. Since Gary couldn’t fish in Canada this summer, he decided to come to Alaska instead. Canada’s loss was our gain.
That afternoon I fished with the Team Mahlberg. New to Alaska and red salmon fishing, it didn’t take long to figure out the technique.
The next day it was Team Mahlberg once again. Rolf, Joan, John, Anna, and Greta picked up where they left off on Tuesday.
Since I can only bring out five people fishing at a time, Lilly, Claire, and Wilson of Team Mahlberg joined me later that afternoon. Same family, same gravel bar, same results….lot’s of fish.
On Thursday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reacted to the strong run of red salmon this year and doubled the daily limit to six fish per person. Tim and Dan had no problem catching six a piece.
On Friday, with a group of nine, fellow guide Tommy Belknap helped me with Steve and his crew. With 5 kids under the age of 11, we definitely had to be on our toes. Thanks, Tommy for your professionalism and demeanor. Even with a dislocated kneecap your work ethic was second to none.
I ended the week fishing with Tim and Dan once more.
And Jane and Gary again. The fishing was steady, and after enough fish were put on the stringer, the five of us went to Louie’s Restaurant for lunch.
What a great way to finish a great week.
For the week ahead.
As my dad would often tell me, you’ve got to make hay when the sun is shining. What that means is we’ll be chasing red salmon while they’re still here. If not, the silver salmon are starting to show up and we’ll start targeting them soon.
Come back next week for a new Kenai River fishing report.