Improvement! After a relatively slow start to our king season on both the Kenai and the Kasilof, fishing has definitely picked up for us on the Kasilof River. Over the past three days very good numbers of both naturally produced and hatchery king salmon have come into the river as well as a decent number of sockeye. We have had multiple kings to the boat in the last two trips and kings are being caught daily up and down the Kasilof River. This change seems to correspond with more favorable weather conditions, more moderate tides and rising river levels and water temperatures. Whether this trend will continue is unknown, but for now, things seems to be improving daily…at least on the Kasilof. Below is a sampling of the fish we have landed in the last couple trips:
In the saltwater, both halibut fishing and king fishing remain very good off Deep Creek and the town of Ninilchik. The halibut continue to be very fat and healthy and trolling for king salmon also remains very productive for those in the right place at the right time. Tides are ideal right now and hopefully this great combination king salmon and halibut fishing with last well into June.
Unfortunately, on the Kenai, numbers of king salmon entering the river remains very low. Just as things seemed to change overnight on the Kasilof, we are optimistic this trend will improve but for now we are bracing ourselves for the possibility of another poor return of early run Kenai Kings. Only time will tell and we will keep you posted as the month progresses. For up to date counts and reports for Kenai King Salmon please see: