Prepping up for combat…..

…combat fishing that is – Kenai Peninsula style.  There are three primary types of big salmon runs in Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula has some monster Kings, Sockeyes and Silver salmon.  We obtained our fishing licenses ($140 each for an annual non resident) and since they are pret-ty pricey, we’ve done some lake fishing while getting educated on the different salmon runs and regulations.

In the Kasilof River fishing for Sockeye's

In the Kasilof River fishing for Sockeye’s

There are four different regions and within each region there can be a hundred different areas.  Each of these areas has different regulations for multiple areas on the same river or lake on fish size, hook size, type of bait, catch/release, wild or hatchery raised – it is no small task to understand.  Just when you get a grasp, Fish and Game Department will issue an emergency order to change times, limits, etc.

Boating and fishing with daughter and grandson

Boating and fishing with daughter and grandson

We headed out from our daughter’s place in Anchorage for a few weeks to give them some family time with son-in-law just returning from a 9 month overseas deployment. It is now time for the Sockeyes (Red’s) to return up the streams where they were hatched and complete their life cycle (nice way of saying die).  Our first stop was in Ninilchik, a neat small fishing village at the mouth of the Ninilchik River.

Ninilchik - neat fishing village

Ninilchik – neat fishing village

Because we wanted a set ‘base’ for a few days, we opted to stay at a campground – All Seasons in Ninilchik is a Passport America campground with no time limit.  It is not fancy (most of campgrounds in AK are not) but bathrooms are pretty clean and there is an onsite laundry.  Several campers are into fishing and willing to share their expertise.  The private campgrounds in the Kenai Peninsula are expensive and this is only discount option.

Fish Weir on the Ninilchik River

Fish Weir on the Ninilchik River

Now we’ll head down to Homer to fish off the “Spit”, a 4 mile narrow strip of land into Kachemak Bay and then up to Soldatna.  We want to really hone our fishing skills before then since we’ve been told that it is shoulder to shoulder along the banks of the river during the two weeks of the Sockeye run.

Biologist at weir explaining operation

Biologist at weir explaining operation

Moose near campground

Moose near campground

 

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2 Responses to Prepping up for combat…..

  1. Richard Lowell Behling says:

    Appreciate the update. Looking forward to hearing about the catch.

    • gconthemove says:

      We caught four silver salmon in Homer. They are nice little fighters and even more challenging because of the number of people fishing in a close area. There is a lagoon on the Homer Spit that is very popular because fish come in at high tide and can’t get out until the next high tide. We were competing against lots of other people and numerous seals:)

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