Now doubt spring has arrived in Alaska, though some might say it arrived way back in March when we were hitting temps in the 50s whilst three feet of snow still blanketed the ground. The consensus amongst most Alaskan anglers is that of spring, summer and fall, spring is probably the least eventful time to be fishing in the last frontier. Snow melt creating soggy conditions, blown out rivers along with restrictive regulations certainly makes is less than ideal. The other obvious hurdle is of course there are no salmon in the rivers. If you were to travel to Alaska strictly for a fishing trip, I probably would not recommend coming until at least until late May. But if you do find yourself up here and looking to do some fishing there are some opportunities if you know where to look or who to fish with 🙂
Weather: For the most part the weather has been dry and warm(ish). It is however raining right now, which is nice to knock down the dust and “green” up the foliage. Most of our deciduous trees at the lodge have already budded. If the rain keeps up and we see some warm temps next week, it could provide the ideal conditions for mushroom foraging.
River Conditions: Despite the warm temps the Kenai discharge is holding steady and just about 1000 cubic feet per second over the 40 year average. Clarity is good and definitely fishable. A “blowout” is likely whether it be next week or sometime in June, time will tell.
The Kasilof boat ramp just opened up on May 1st and we were the first people to float it for the season–definitely an exciting day on the river knowing you were the ‘first.’ Some nice Steelhead were brought to hand along with a particularly above average number of rainbows and dolly varden.
Beach Fishing: If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you probably took notice to the beach fishing we’ve been taking part in. It looks like this year, similar to last year, is seeing a bumper crop of hooligan (smelt). This draws the halibut within casting distance off the beach, making for an unique fishing opportunity.
There is probably a king salmon or two in the Kenai by now (though still very early). By next week, when the guide crew arrives, we will have a boat in the drink looking to catch the first Kenai king of the season. Exciting times.