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    Default Seals in Skilak lake

    I was motoring across Skilak lake last weekend, between the upper Kenai and upper Skilak lake campground and thought I saw a seal poke his head up about 100 yards from the boat. I slowed down and sure enough he came back up about 20 yards or so behind the boat, checked us out for a few seconds then back down. I'm absolutely sure it was a seal, the same ones I see down at the mouth while dipnetting. I've been motoring back and forth across this stretch of Skilak for over 20 years now and have never seen a seal that far inland. I was probably less than a mile from where the Kenai dumps into Skilak, between the series of rocks in the that you motor in between and the mouth. Just wondering if anyone else has ever seen a seal that far inland.

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    Yep, not uncommon in Skilak or Tustamena. They've learned where their food goes and provides easy pickings.
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    Yup, saw a couple of them in the river not far down below Skilak when we were fishing for silvers last week. They've learned.

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    Seals even go up Deep Creek at high tide.
    There is nothing to prevent them from spending extended amounts of time in fresh water. Illiamna has a year-round colony.

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    In 50 years I've never seen one IN Skilak Lake, especially the upper end.

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    I see them in the Skilak every year. Sometimes late fall they haul out on the barely submerged rocks at the mouth of the river. It looks as if they are laying on top of the water. Following food is the name of the game and those late silvers are easy pickin's. I have heard about sightings in the upper below the canyon from reliable sources as well. Wouldn't surprise me at all.

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    Following the last of the reliable salmon in thier area. They've been up as far as sportsmans landing so I've heard. Seals are not saltwater married. They go where they want to. Get seals way up Campbell creel in anchoragua as well I've seen seals at the mouth of sheep creek on the big su late in the year.



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    Somebody here awhile back even mentioned seeing them up at Kenai Lake....

    Oh, and not to change the subject, but many years ago a friend of mine told me he once saw a ram swimming across Skilak up by the glacier river. Said he couldn't believe his eyes.....
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    I've seen them up across from the Russian River ferry before.

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    I'm not sure why it is so hard to believe. It's not like they are a fish or anything. They are air-breathing mammals.

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    It was just new to me. I had never seen one that far up the system before.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Troutbum View Post
    It was just new to me. I had never seen one that far up the system before.


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    That's cool. Well one thing's for sure. Wherever there is seals there is fish. So if you're seeing them while fishing I guess it's a good sign.

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    I see them in the Kenai inlet to Skilak all the time. They follow the fish.

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    Saw two seals right at the outlet of the canyon section into Skilak this year mid-Sep. One was actually in the river. Seen them at entrance to middle section as well in years past.

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    Not on the KP, but my son and I were on the Yentna just below Lake creek and there was a seal following our raft down river for a ways. We had a stringer with a couple of silvers and pike tied off the back of our raft, seems like he was following the scent maybe?
    Different river, but that seemed like a long ways from the ocean to me. The local river folk didn't seem suprised when asked about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmstalker View Post
    Not on the KP, but my son and I were on the Yentna just below Lake creek and there was a seal following our raft down river for a ways. We had a stringer with a couple of silvers and pike tied off the back of our raft, seems like he was following the scent maybe?
    Different river, but that seemed like a long ways from the ocean to me. The local river folk didn't seem suprised when asked about it.
    I've seen a few at the mouth of the Deshka River over the last ten years.
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