Salcha River Report
As of this evening 24 Bou's, counting mine, have come from Zone 2. ADF&G updated the web site yesterday. I ran up 75 miles from the bridge and shot the only one I saw in three days about 57 miles upriver on my way home this morning. I passed about 50 boats going up Saturday and can't believe how many cabins have been added in the last 5 years. The water level was decent, but the river traffic was horrendous. The good news is that the velvet is coming off so the racks should start shining a bit. The log jam is tricky but can be negotiated. Unless you can portage your boat, the water runs out about 75 straight line miles from the ramp. I did get hung up by taking the wrong turn that cost me three hours coming home, and used every bit of the 50 gallons of fuel I had, but it was a good trip.
For the moose hunters, I saw a few tracks, and one bull about 40" with two tines. There were more bear and wolf tracks on the gravel bars than any other tracks. I imagine they are keeping everything else pushed up higher, so make sure you have your bear tag. I also saw a large group of grouse, and that was big fun for my pup. I left an anchor and a rope up there somewhere below where I took the bou. If you find it you can have it and just so you know what to look for it's a black anchor on about 3' of chain and 25' of green 7/8" rope with an aluminum snap link on the end.
Good luck to anyone heading up there.
Originally Posted by Joe
Was up there Sunday.Bring hole repair stuff. Talked with a group of three hunters fixing holes in their boat. Take extra gear, you may have to stay longer then expected.
The Salcha is packed during Moose season--Boats everywhere, lots of folks have been setting up their Moose camps the past 2 weeks.