I guided a group of 4 people in the morning who did not catch a salmon. We fished a high number of holes, but only one person had a bite, and the fish got away without being hooked. The bite came on a Beau Mac Spinning Cheater. The group also fished two K-15 Kwickfish and one K-14 Kwickfish.
In the afternoon I guided a group of 3 people who landed 2 king salmon. One salmon was hooked in the pectoral fin, so we had to let it go. I estimate it weighed about 30 pounds. The other fish was hooked on the first drift of my afternoon trip, and weighed 50 pounds on both my boat scale and the landing scales. Both fish were caught on an orange Beau Mac Spinning Cheater. So far this year, my groups have already landed king salmon earlier in May than my groups last year, and have also caught a larger king salmon than anyone on my boat during the entire 2008 king salmon season. There are some big male salmon in the river, however, an angler needs to daraw a strike from on of the few fish available, first.
May 23, 2009
I guided 3 guests in the mornings, each of whom fished extra time and worked hard, but no one even hooked a king salmon or even had a bite. We fished K-15 and K-14 Kwickfish and the Spinning Cheater that produced for us yesterday afternoon for the entire trip. When I talked to the Parks lady at the fee booth on my way home I learned that 4 salmon had been reported taken already today, which was better than yesterday, when I left at 9 o`clock at night. King salmon numbers continue to build in river, but the fish are scattered at this time. Water remains higher than normal, but visibility is good at about 2 feet.May 24, 2009
I guided two guests who did not catch any king salmon. Once again we fished long and kept the lure in the water most of the time. We fished over 20 holes, some a couple times, and were the first boat fishing many of those holes in the morning, but the guests did not draw a single strike, and we did not see any king salmon at all, until we returned to the landing and saw a group cutting up a couple fish they had caught. Once again we fished with K-15 and K14 Kwickfish and an Orange Beau Mac Spinning Cheater. The water was a bit lower and clear today, and will likely be even lower and clearer still tomorrow. I`ll be guiding another group tomorrow morning, so check back Monday evening if you would like to know how we did.May 25, 2009
I guided 2 people, one of whom caught a 23 pound king salmon on a K-15 Kwickfish. The other person did not get a bite. There were considerably more people out fishing today, on Memorial Monday. The water had dropped and cleared a bit, and should also drop some tomorrow, before it starts going back up again. My group also fished a Magnum Wiggle Wart and a Spinning Cheater with no additional bites. Along the river today, weh spotted w moose, a beaver, some trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, and bald eagles.