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    Question Chena or Salcha River Kings

    Just curious if anyone has seen or heard of any Kings in the Chena or Salcha rivers yet? Should be soon, if not.

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    They caught one at Nenana over a week ago. You can bet there are kings in the Chena now. There is about a zillion cfs of water in the Chena as well.
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    Do you eat the kings that are caught in these rivers...they just seem pretty red by then....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobinZeke View Post
    Do you eat the kings that are caught in these rivers...they just seem pretty red by then....?

    Even though they have swam hundreds of miles and are fire engine red, some are in great shape and other not so much. I tend to smoke the ones I keep. Still a little early, another couple weeks.









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    Do you have any pictures of the meat of a fish that's in great shape? I'm just curious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.No View Post
    Do you have any pictures of the meat of a fish that's in great shape? I'm just curious...
    I have not taken any photos of my processed fish. Are they as good as fresh caught Salmon from the sea? No,, are they still enjoyable Yes.



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    Wow, those filets look awesome!

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    Nice Photos Steve thanks for sharing. Typical year fish are staging hard and in the Chena by the 4th of July first viewings at the Flood Control Projects show some already high up by then. No not many and on average the start of the 2nd week they are getting thicker. I have seen Kings as high as 40 mile by the 15th of July. As stated the water is Brown and flowing. They are calling for a nice week of weather it should start dropping tonight and clearing up some. The run is a little late for what it is worth. Key note when you hear the fishing is good your one tends to miss the prime fishing ;-) i.e should have been here yesterday we killed em!

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    Steve, not trying to compare them to fish from the ocean...I used to go to the Gulkana and Klutina when I lived in FBX and wanted to know how the flesh compared to those fish. Does it compare to Clearwater silvers? I have no firsthand experience with either, so like I said, I'm just curious...If you have any pics of unprocessed (not smoked) fillets, I'd love to see them. Your smoked stuff looks pretty good though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.No View Post
    Steve, not trying to compare them to fish from the ocean...I used to go to the Gulkana and Klutina when I lived in FBX and wanted to know how the flesh compared to those fish. Does it compare to Clearwater silvers? I have no firsthand experience with either, so like I said, I'm just curious...If you have any pics of unprocessed (not smoked) fillets, I'd love to see them. Your smoked stuff looks pretty good though
    I have caught fish from the Gulkana and Klutina and they are not as good as those Kings.



    Don't have any fillet photos, but I plan on taking my daughter to the Salcha in a few weeks and will take some if we keep one. I tend to only fish the Salcha with Kids and those that can't wade or know how to bank fish.

    They are much better than the Silvers I have caught on the Delta Clear Water, those were in rough shade and very soft. However I tend to fish DCW late in the season after I get done chasing moose.





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    Both rivers are near flood stage right now. Several times the entire run has passed through without leaving much chance for successful fishing.
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    How about now, any reports? Went and checked out the water level on the salcha tonight and it looks clear and down more like normal. Saw several boats coming out that had salmon gear on board. Im ready to get out now as soccer is over this week!!!

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    Going out to Salcha tonight...will I see you Steve?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JediMasterSalmonSlayer View Post
    Going out to Salcha tonight...will I see you Steve?
    Have my daughter and her family here, so not tonight. Would love to take them though if you see any please let me know Sir.

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    report to follow after i get back
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    Got to the boat ramp last night and a couple guys pulling out said fishing was good. So I took off and fished for about 3 hours last night. Anchored the boat in the line with 6 others down stream of the bridge I the channel, upstream of Jimbo's property . Got no takers, I saw only one fish caught the time I was there. Saw about 12 boats come from down stream headed to the boat ramp. The water seemed a little high, however it was running clear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JediMasterSalmonSlayer View Post
    Got to the boat ramp last night and a couple guys pulling out said fishing was good. So I took off and fished for about 3 hours last night. Anchored the boat in the line with 6 others down stream of the bridge I the channel, upstream of Jimbo's property . Got no takers, I saw only one fish caught the time I was there. Saw about 12 boats come from down stream headed to the boat ramp. The water seemed a little high, however it was running clear.
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    Seems like the flood gave the kings a chance to scoot right up the river without giving anyone a sniff in Fairbanks. I saw dozens of them in the pools in the Upper yesterday... and the grayling were getting fat on eggs just downstream.
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    Got some in the chena lastnight.

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    Both the Chena and Salcha are going to catch and release only starting Monday. Stay up on the EOs and don't get in any trouble.

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