Well, it is time to begin the report, are you ready?? ICE!
We are not seeing any real open leads on the river right now. I live at the Richardson HWY. Bridge and it is mostly ice with a small broken lead both above and below the bridge. I hiked into both Sailors Pit and Poplar Grove last week and there is no signs of any real break up at all. This will be a very strange spring as most of you know but don't stress out because summer will come and the fishing will be good!
I am telling my renters and fisherman not to plan on hitting the Sourdough to the Bridge section until June 1st and wave off any notion of the upper section from Paxon down to SD until after June 10thish. Paxon lake is covered with solid ice and lots of new fresh snow. Last weekend Paxon got between 9-12 new inches of snow. Even when Paxon melts or blows out the real question is what does the outlet lake look like. I have motored down to the exit a few times to find the outlet lake plugged full with pancake ice. If you are pushing hard to hit the upper section call the BLM Glennallen as they do fly overs and will have up to date info on that section.
Link:Glennallen Field Office
P.O. Box 147
Mile Post 186.5 Glenn Highway
Glennallen, AK 99588
FAX: 907-822-7335Email: AK_GFO_GeneralDelivery@blm.gov
Field Manager: Beth Maclean
Office hours: 8:00am-4:30pm
Kings and Reds!
Have any of you been tracking the commercial harvest numbers for last weeks opener? Really strong numbers so I am very up beat about out fishery!
Copper River and PWS Drift Gillnet
"The Copper River District opened to commercial fishing for a 12-hour fishing period on May 16. This was the first fishing period of the 2013 season. Waters inside of the barrier islands from Steamboat Anchorage to Coffee Creek will be closed during the fishing period on May 16.
The anticipated harvest for this first opening is 36,000 sockeye and 1,800 Chinook salmon. This compares with a 5-year cumulative harvest average of 33,000 sockeye and 1,000 Chinook salmon for this date."
"Escapement monitoring at the Miles Lake Sonar Station for sockeye and Chinook salmon returns to the Copper River has not been initiated due to a combination of low water and ice conditions."
I have a secret for you guys...My daunter is working at he Miles Lake Station this year and I will have some good real time numbers for you once the ice is gone. My daughter tells me that the ice is very thick and they have plenty of snow. I will keep you posted! I feel like we will see strong King numbers this summer and with any luck we will have a nice long season. The Reds look crazy good again. Last summer we hammered the Reds from early July through early September. Lots of fish for sure!
For you guys who are coming down in the next few weeks, stop by and lets chew the fat a bit. I will have my fleet of rafts and canoes ready to go by June 1st. We have added 3 more 14 foot rafts to meet the demand and sorry that I had to turn some of you away last summer due to a lack of gear. Its funny but when I was living in Kotz I had 15 rafts and I sold most of them. Now I am up to 13 rafts and I expect to add 3-5 more by next summer!
Gulkana River Raft Rentals
mile 127.5 of the Richardson