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    My wife is taking off to the lower 48 for a month to see family with our kids and my dad is coming up! I'm ready to go fishing! He will be getting in the 6th of June and will be ready to go fishing. Salmon fishing dates, what area of the state would be good to start fishing for salmon other than kings? he woudn't mind buying a week long king stamp but not wanting at spending $100 on one after spending $140 on a fishing permit. Is there any place to start fishing for reds in early to middle June? If there where kings in the fishery that would be great for me! We do have a 17' Alumaweld with a 60 prop. Thinking maybe Homer and the Kenai but looking for ideas!

    I'm also thinking we will grab our trout gear and head up the Parks and do some camping, catch some trout, grayling and get a little gold panning in. No real agenda just wanting to get out and have some fun. Any recomendations would be great, not looking for honey holes. Like I said I have a boat plus I do have a couple wheelers if that would help get back into an area.

    thanks

    Teach

  • #2
    I think late June is the earliest time they come in. Im not an expert just going off literature.
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    • #3
      There are sockeye being caught here in SouthCentral as I type this.
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      • #4
        I heard they are in Seward.

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        • #5
          Teacher,
          I am not a Alaska resident, but I read this forum alot. There is an interesting post (started this past week) about the boat restrictions on the Kenai. May want to look at that to see if your boat is OK there.

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          • #6
            60 is to big for Kenai.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by power drifter View Post
              60 is to big for Kenai.
              I would only use my boat for dipping below the bridge on the Kenai. I would take it out that way with me to launch out of Homer and troll the bay. Or run out and catch a few cod and maybe a stray butt.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AlaskaHippie View Post
                There are sockeye being caught here in SouthCentral as I type this.
                See. I stand corrected.
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                • #9
                  You ought to try Seward. The reds are starting to come in now (not huge numbers), but this is also tempered by the seiners sitting in the bay right in front of fishing area. If you head down Nash road, there is a pay to park lot on your right side, that sits on a series of outgoing streams. The fishing is on the beach where these streams flow into the bay. In this area, it is salt water, so the tackle of choice is a weighted treble hook.

                  The run should be getting stronger as mid-June approaches, and hooligan should be joining the reds in the same waters as well. (Give your dad a chance to taste them, here you just end up snagging them on accident).

                  Hope you have fun! Make sure to get some Grayling gear. Early June should be killer up north.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Fishtheroad View Post
                    You ought to try Seward. The reds are starting to come in now (not huge numbers), but this is also tempered by the seiners sitting in the bay right in front of fishing area. If you head down Nash road, there is a pay to park lot on your right side, that sits on a series of outgoing streams. The fishing is on the beach where these streams flow into the bay. In this area, it is salt water, so the tackle of choice is a weighted treble hook.

                    The run should be getting stronger as mid-June approaches, and hooligan should be joining the reds in the same waters as well. (Give your dad a chance to taste them, here you just end up snagging them on accident).

                    Hope you have fun! Make sure to get some Grayling gear. Early June should be killer up north.
                    Great info for the reds, I'm thinking the Russian and Seward both. Head to the Russian around the 15th then Seward. My dad has not seen either place. Do you know the names of those streams in Seward? When is it considered "fresh water?" no snagging? I do plan on taking my dad up north for grayling. Not sure where to go for grayling but we will find a spot, best bet streams or lakes??? He has his fly rod and I usually use 00 spinners.

                    thanks again

                    Teach

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Teacherman View Post
                      Great info for the reds, I'm thinking the Russian and Seward both. Head to the Russian around the 15th then Seward. My dad has not seen either place. Do you know the names of those streams in Seward? When is it considered "fresh water?" no snagging? I do plan on taking my dad up north for grayling. Not sure where to go for grayling but we will find a spot, best bet streams or lakes??? He has his fly rod and I usually use 00 spinners.
                      Teach
                      The streams in Seward are the braids of the Resurrection River. Make sure you're downstream of the DF&G signs for using snagging gear or fishing for salmon in general before June 16. Downstream of the signs is considered saltwater and upstream of the signs to Nash rd is considered freshwater single hook no bait waters that don't open till June 16.

                      Most streams up north have good numbers of grayling so it would depend on how far north you are wanting to go!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sibir View Post
                        The streams in Seward are the braids of the Resurrection River. Make sure you're downstream of the DF&G signs for using snagging gear or fishing for salmon in general before June 16. Downstream of the signs is considered saltwater and upstream of the signs to Nash rd is considered freshwater single hook no bait waters that don't open till June 16.

                        Most streams up north have good numbers of grayling so it would depend on how far north you are wanting to go!
                        Anyone know if there is a a place in Seward I can call and get a fishing report? As for up north for grayling, I would like to keep it within 300 miles. I'm also thinking of heading out toward the Kutina River for a few days aswell for some reds.

                        Looks like I'm looking at three trips this month! One week out on the Penn from Seward to the Russian. One up north chasing grayling rainbows and maybe a little recreational gold panning and finally a week out on the Kutina fishing for reds again. I really appreciate all the help, I think my dad and I will have a blast!

                        Question - if I take my protable freezer with me am I allowed to have more than two limits back at camp? I figure its no different than if it was in my house full of salmon?

                        thanks

                        Teach

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                        • #13
                          Take the Denali Hwy east from Cantwell to Brushkana Creek, fish below the road. There was a campground there 30 yrs ago, don't know about today. Some excellent riffles and pools. Lots of Grayling.

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                          • #14
                            The campground was there two years ago and so were the grayling! The Brushkana is a good spot, then again so are most of the streams along the Denali Hwy. There's plenty of them to choose from.

                            You could fish grayling all along the Denali from Cantwell to Paxson then head down the Richardson to the Klutina for some reds. There's even stocked lakes on the way back along the Glenn for some trout.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Teacherman View Post
                              Question - if I take my protable freezer with me am I allowed to have more than two limits back at camp? I figure its no different than if it was in my house full of salmon?

                              thanks

                              Teach
                              The regs state posession refers to fish in an unpreserved state. Fillets on ice(regular or dry) or salted are not considered preserved. The meat has to be good for at least two weeks in the preserved form. Vaccum sealed and frozen as hard as a rock or canned..... that would meet the rules for preserved fish. It is a common sight to see people catch a limit then have it flash frozen and sealed so they can go back out fishing again when far from home.

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