REPORT: The numbers looked outstanding at the Miles Lake, so we did the math and figured it was time. Alcanron and I threw our gear together in a mad frenzy and made a last minute dash for the Klutina (after kissing the wives goodbye) attempting to catch the early run of sockeye into the river. We were not dissappointed.
We arrived on Friday evening, meeting up with a buddy who traveled over from Anchorage, and found the Camp Grounds basically void of people, and seeing the water level of the river on the low side. The tents went up faster than one could say "abracadabra" and all three of us hit the river with rods in hand and our great expectations beaming. We tried a couple of our favorite camp ground holes and bumped a couple fish, however nothing landed. We decdied to turn in for the night after the long drive, on the slightly deflated side, but hopeful after seeing one fish caught on the near side and a stringer of a limit from a local guy fishing the opposite side of the river.
The next morning we decided to go down to the mouth of the river, fishing as we walked a very low water level on the river. (Passed by only 2 other people fishing) We set up near the mouth and began flipping for the sockeye. Fish were seen periodically rolling in the current. It did not take long for the first hook up and the fish continued to be caught and landed. After about 3 hours each one of us had a limit. As we returned to the campground we saw a handful of people fishing on both sides of the bank. End result for us was 3 anglers, 3 limits, in about 3 hours. Fish were filleted and put in a freezer.
Sunday had us getting up early and finding fish rolling at the campground holes. We witnessed limits being taken in about 2-3 hours. Having taken the day 1 limit out of possession when they became frozen solid, we were able to fish again achieving similar results of the first day right near the campgrounds.
The fishing should only be getting better this next couple weeks. Fish ON!
5 June Update: I hear they are really in now!