So, yet again our annual fishing trip to the middle Kenai river is coinciding perfectly with a history making flood. The first time around we arrived at the cabin in Kenai Keys August 17th, 2009 to find the water up in the yard following a glacier dam burst. This time the heavens have opened up and brought the river even higher by the sounds of it, probably nearly up to the cabin at this point.
First time around (in 09') despite my concerns, the silver fishing was excellent during the very high water period. We had a blast pulling fish out from under flooded timber and other spots that were dry only a few days earlier. This time around I'm a bit less optimistic. Between the low numbers of silvers in the river and the crazy-high water, I'm wondering if silver fishing is even going to be an option?
If the middle Kenai turns out to be a total bust where would all of you recommend we head to make the best of the situation? We're going to be there for 2 weeks so we will be fishing one way or another. We have truck/trailer/boat (18' alumaweld V-hull with 50 hp.) and would be willing to tow it wherever the fish may be. We have talked a lot about focusing on some saltwater fishing but I have some reservations about the weather cooperating considering our boat is only an 18 footer.
So, any fall-back-plan suggestions that you may offer up would be greatly appreciated. If you can help us to salvage our beloved Alaska fishing trip I would be forever indebted!