It was another weird fishing season!!!!!
The King salmon made a significant come back to the Cook Inlet and both the Kasilof and the Kenai Rivers had good runs of fish. It was the first time the King run was good in the last five years.
The Sockeye (reds) season started out with the Alaska Fish & Game (F&G) claiming that it was going to be a huge run of red salmon in the Kenai, so rather than overwhelm the river, they let the commercial fishermen use their purse seines to catch 1.55 million red salmon out of the Cook Inlet. There were not many fish left to catch after that. The first time any of us from the Park caught our limit of three red salmon was the end of the last week of July. By that time most of the out-of-town fishermen had left after complaining about the high cost of fishing licenses, gear and lodging without any fish. The Sport Fishermen and the Fishing Guides on the Kenai were screaming at Fish & Game. Then F&G started claiming that there were two hundred thousand Reds waiting at the mouth of the river to enter. We don’t know where they went, but they never showed up in the river. We did see some increase in the fish and were able to catch our limits of 3 for several day into August, But they never raised the limit to 6 as they do normally when the achieve the number of fish in the river to replenish the supply for the future. They also had not reached a count of a million reds in the river until after the middle of August when the Silvers and Pinks had also come in.
SAME SONG, 2017TH VERSE!
Anyway we had a good season. We had ten fisherpersons fishing at various times from the second week in July through the third week in August. As I wrote earlier, Ryan and Kam came on the 6th of July, Cary on the 12th, Cary’s friend Neal on the 17th, Todd on the 20th.
And Kyra on the 22nd as a surprise for Jan.
OLD FISHING HOLE
PIERCE’S NEW FISHING HOLE
You can always till whether Jan and Kyra were with you as then you got plenty of photos. Otherwise the rest of us are too busy fishing to take pictures. Unfortunately we didn’t get any photos of Ryan, Cary or Neal fishing (although they all caught fish).
Anyway, altogether we caught 123 reds, three silvers and a bunch of pinks (although it was not a Pink year). Texas John also caught 4 Kings and released a bunch, a bunch of reds and silvers. We wound up with a lot of frozen fillets, a lot of canned salmon and a lot of smoked salmon jerky.
Cody arrived on the17th of August. We got to go fishing and we still caught a few reds.
IT WAS ANOTHER GOOD YEAR FISHING!
We celebrated the end of the fishing season with all the kids at St. Elias Brewery and Pizza Parlor in Soldotna prior to their leaving at the end of July.