Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 22

Thread: Eklutna Tailrace kings

  1. #1
    Member Phish Finder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Searching for more cowbell!
    Posts
    1,945

    Default Eklutna Tailrace kings

    I went for a drive today and stopped by the Eklutna Tailrace. Since it's so close to my house, I'll probably try to catch some kings there this year. Any suggestions on how to fish the tailrace? I want to get whatever I need tweaked and ready before the season. Thanks!
    ><((((>.`..`.. ><((((>`..`.><((((>

    "People who drink light 'beer' don't like the taste of beer; they
    just like to pee a lot." --Capitol Brewery

  2. #2
    Member coho slayer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    2,852

    Default

    All I can say is good luck with that. I have fished and fished and fished Eklutna for kings and silvers, and I have never caught a king. They are there...and in good numbers. They splash and swirl all around your line, but nothing I have tried has consistently gotten anything but dollies and smolt to bite.

    And I know I'm not alone, because you will hear about it on these boards and others, and if you go you will witness it. It is a dead-end fishery that was worth a shot but IMO Fish and Game should quit wasting the smolt there. Very, very few kings are caught, and certainly not enough to justify it, but they keep trying.

    Ok, sorry...off the soap box now. I do well for silvers there, just have to show up before the sun and people. Kings...I'm stupified. I've tried every trick I know, made up a few, and watched thousands of fishing hours get wasted by others doing the same thing. I've had the closest luck flipping into the Knik right at the mouth or just downstream from the cleaning table. I've hooked a couple, but then they get in the bigger current and overhangs and it's tough to corral them.

  3. #3

    Thumbs down Lots of Hrs=no fish @ tailrace

    I have several hundred hrs fishing at the tailrace for kings over the last 4 years. In that time, I've landed 2 and hooked about a half dozen. I only fish the tailrace on the weekdays for relaxation, and have learned that the odds are stacked against you. If you follow the fishing reports in the spring, you'd swear that the fish are jumping onto the banks, but I believe that fish and game does this to alleviate pressure off of the wild stock in other SC streams and rivers. Last year my total king catch was 31 at other rivers, and 0 at the tailrace. I fished more hours at the tailrace than the other rivers combined......It is a good place to go and people watch. .....some crazy characters down there fishing, and drinking beers.....Oh yeah....and don't forget to bring some cigarettes for the handicapped guy in the orange vest. He smokes camels, and he'll be hitting you up.

  4. #4
    Member Phish Finder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Searching for more cowbell!
    Posts
    1,945

    Default

    Thanks for the info, not what I was hoping for, but what can you do? I'm not much of a king salmon fisherman anyway. How's the silver fishing?
    ><((((>.`..`.. ><((((>`..`.><((((>

    "People who drink light 'beer' don't like the taste of beer; they
    just like to pee a lot." --Capitol Brewery

  5. #5

    Default Tough to catch anything

    I have tried it and never so much as had a bite. I have watched more than fished and have seen very few fish caught. That said, I do know someone that fishes there every day with good success. But I think he is the only one I know that can catch fish there.
    Wasilla Real Estate News
    www.valleymarket.com

  6. #6
    Member garnede's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    soon to be back in Alaska
    Posts
    1,214

    Default

    Eggs on the bottom work. But I have had better success there for silvers than kings.
    It ain't about the # of pounds of meat we bring back, nor about how much we spent to go do it. Its about seeing what no one else sees.

    http://wouldieatitagainfoodblog.blogspot.com/

  7. #7
    Member coho slayer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    2,852

    Default

    Yeah, the silvers are a totally different story. I do well enough that I'm not going to divulge my secrets, but they are much more catchable then kings (hey, the silvers actually bite). Watch what people are catching them on, and avoid the mid-day. Best bite is first light. Vibrax and variations of roe-soaking all work.

  8. #8
    Member akriverrat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Chugiak, Alaska, United States, United States
    Posts
    754

    Default

    i dont even mess around down there at the tailrace. got me thinking though has anyone tried at the slough just above the glenn bridge? i know the reds hole up in there when they are running i wonder if the kings do this as well?

  9. #9
    Member coho slayer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    2,852

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by akriverrat View Post
    i dont even mess around down there at the tailrace. got me thinking though has anyone tried at the slough just above the glenn bridge? i know the reds hole up in there when they are running i wonder if the kings do this as well?
    Not sure...

    I do know that king fishing at the race has been so bad that last year F & G opened it to fishing in the Knik for something like 2 miles downstream of the tailrace to try increase the catch. It's pretty rough bank-fishing along there below the tailrace, though. Might work in a boat pretty well, though.

    I fish silvers a little below the tailrace using a typical flipping technique, and catch quite a few reds as well. Got a chum last year, too...not sure where he was going.

  10. #10
    Member spoiled one's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    3,230

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by coho slayer View Post
    Got a chum last year, too...not sure where he was going.
    If my memory is correct, chums go to the tail race, too. I fished it in the late 90's and we hammered them.
    Spending my kids' inheritance with them, one adventure at a time.

  11. #11
    Member akriverrat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Chugiak, Alaska, United States, United States
    Posts
    754

    Default

    lots of chums head up the matanuska as well.

  12. #12
    Member ak_powder_monkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Eagle River/ Juneau
    Posts
    5,154

    Default

    sockeyes go up it as well. If it were me I'd fish between 3 am and 6 am for kings
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

  13. #13
    Member coho slayer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    2,852

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by spoiled one View Post
    If my memory is correct, chums go to the tail race, too. I fished it in the late 90's and we hammered them.
    Yeah, I seem to recall fishing for pinks and chums there at one point years ago.

    Definitely agree with ak powder monkey on the times to fish, too. You have the most success and the least amount of people. It is a very crowded fishery now. Every time I went for silvers last summer there was the same group of 4-5 guys holding their spot (of course the best spot, but they won't let anyone else fish there ). They were literally there every day, well before dawn. I think they might have just camped out there. Same spot. And they caught a lot of fish. I would have loved to see a posession limit search on them.

  14. #14

    Default

    Chums, reds, and kings have been stocked in the tailrace, I don't believe pinks have dropped in the knik though. I've caught them on the lower sections of the Matanuska but never in the Knik. I'm sure there are a few swimming around in there, but not enough to make a big deal about.

    You guys can take your tailrace fishing at the parking lot. I'll fish other spots.

  15. #15
    Member DRIFTER_016's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Yellowknife, NWT
    Posts
    3,319

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by coho slayer View Post
    Yeah, I seem to recall fishing for pinks and chums there at one point years ago.

    Definitely agree with ak powder monkey on the times to fish, too. You have the most success and the least amount of people. It is a very crowded fishery now. Every time I went for silvers last summer there was the same group of 4-5 guys holding their spot (of course the best spot, but they won't let anyone else fish there ). They were literally there every day, well before dawn. I think they might have just camped out there. Same spot. And they caught a lot of fish. I would have loved to see a posession limit search on them.

    Wouldn't do much good if they were vaccume sealing and freezing them.
    I still can't believe that they are deemed not in posession after they are processed and frozen. It doesn't make sense to this Canuck.

  16. #16

    Wink

    Quote Originally Posted by akriverrat View Post
    i dont even mess around down there at the tailrace. got me thinking though has anyone tried at the slough just above the glenn bridge? i know the reds hole up in there when they are running i wonder if the kings do this as well?
    Yes, Reds, Kings, Silvers and Dollies are real good at the slough you are talking about. I think you are talking about the slough on the right hand side of Kink River, just above the RR Tracks. Look at Google Earth and you can see the fresh water sloughs. Each one will hold fish, when they are running.
    "96% of all Internet Quotes are suspect and the remaining 4% are fiction."
    ~~Abraham Lincoln~~

  17. #17
    Member coho slayer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    2,852

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DRIFTER_016 View Post
    Wouldn't do much good if they were vaccume sealing and freezing them.
    I still can't believe that they are deemed not in posession after they are processed and frozen. It doesn't make sense to this Canuck.
    Yeah, I know...but I would have liked to see it in principle anyway. I don't think they had a portable freezer with them, so they either had too many or someone took them somewhere for processing, and since I never saw them move I'm thinking the former.

    Is the slough why there are always cars parked at the little butte just as you get on the Old Glenn? I always wonder what those folks are doing....

  18. #18
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Valley
    Posts
    116

    Default permit

    I think you need an access permit from Eklutna Native Inc to access that slough from the road. I do know of people who canoe in from the other side of the knik and fish.

    Last summer i stopped there and someone had just busted out a window of a truck parked there and started a fire in the truck. I don't think i would feel comfortable leaving my vehicle there.

  19. #19
    Member big_dog60's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    between wasilla and palmer
    Posts
    1,061

    Default

    Yes, a lot of people get frustrated at the trail races. But the trail races have plenty of fish in them, it is fairly relaxed, and easily accessable. I liked to go there just to relax after work in the evenings. I usually soak eggs and a piece of smelt behind a spin and glow. I throw it out with just enough weight to allow it to very slowly drift down. Like a 10 to 15 minute drift.

    I say if you have a few hours in the morning or evening and want to go fishing for a bit then check it out.

  20. #20

    Default

    While I have never had HOT fishing there, I will chime in and say if you are willing to fish really early in the morning, they do seem to bite way better. I have never had much luck late in the evenings. Perhaps it is because the sun doesn't hide behind the mountain but seemingly sets right on the river.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •