Just returned from a 10-day fishing adventure along the Kenai River. Spent most of my time wetting a line between Cooper Landing and Soldotna. Truly an awesome experience with outstanding results from the bank.
I was really impressed with the size and fighting ability of the hawg sockeyes landed on the main river around Soldotna and Sterling.
However, most of the reds caught near the confluence of the Russian River were flat out puny by comparison. In fact, I overheard one guy ask whether they were actually trout.
I found the small size of these fish rather surprising. Since second-run reds remain in the ocean longer than their first-run cousins, the logical conclusion is that they would be larger than those that showed up earlier in the season. As near as I can tell though, this has not been the case so far.
Makes me wonder whether these particular sockeye were jacks. Is there such a thing within this species of salmon?