|2013 turned out to be a fabulous summer with both June and July almost rain free with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures (high 60’s and mid-70’s). All the sunshine (20 hours per day in July) provided for gorgeous flowers and lush greenery plus long, warm evenings to relax around the campfire.
The King fishing season started out with a bang on the Kasilof River in early June when the hatchery King salmon started arriving. Although not as large (20 to 30 pounds) as the later native King salmon on the Kasilof and the Kenai rivers, they were plentiful and with a limit of two provided lots of fun and fresh salmon for the grill. Unfortunately, the native King salmon run was a bust with some early in the Kasilof and very few in the Kenai. It got so bad that the Fish and Game had to close down the King fishery for the season.
However, the Red salmon runs on the Kasilof and Kenai rivers made up for the shortage of Kings. We had a banner Red salmon run on the Kasilof in mid-June that lasted almost through July (best I have ever seen). Likewise the Kenai river, started with a good 1st run up to the Russian river then followed in mid-July with a great run (1.2 million). The late run was large and healthy with some of the males weighing over 12 pounds!
We started using a new charter for our Halibut fishing and we had some great luck this summer. One of our charters caught over 500 pounds of fish, the largest was 114 pounds. The charter company Is out of Ninilchik and is run by a couple of young men that really work to provide and excellent trip for their passengers.