I climbed the highest peak and interviewed the Salmon Sage and this is what he told me; (okay so the only thing I've really climbed into in the last 5 years is my bed... sue me)
This week of fishing is gonna suck folks. Doesn't matter where you are (except the Russian but even it will not be as hot as the first run for a bit, but there is good fishing there) you are going to have to work for your fish. This is the second year of a down cycle (don't worry next should be an up year) on a six year cycle that I track for Cook Inlet. (Not for anyone else but my own darn self and now you too)
OTF numbers were looking very low earlier this week and there was a spike back up to the 106 mark on Friday but that is not to say that there's going to be a TON of fish. The GREAT news is that commercial guys will more than likely NOT fish the regular opener tomorrow to encourage more escapement. I'm not certain if that means that dippers will suffer the same fate but I'm hoping that a select few get a chance at a couple of slugger tides. If you get desperate, hit the Kasilof and take the smaller fish; something is better than nothing. Dippers can down hit it and get it all the way up to the Sterling Highway Bridge but the downside is that there is terminal fishing at the mouth again. So if your freezer is STILL not full or even close GO NORTH GRASSPHOPPER, There you will find fish and friends... but probably more fish.
Ship Creek is looking healthy with Pinks, so is Hope and Ingram for those of you that like to train your young ones in the art of fishing. I remember taking my daughters to pick on pinks and the first words uttered once the fish made it to the bank...,"ohhhheegggewwwwwaaahhhh... that fish is the ugly fish that the other fish make fun of daddy, put it back!" I about died.
Don't give up folks, now we're being tested as fishers and not catchers; our true grit will shine through and probably poke some holes in your waders but keep smiling anyway.