There’s Salmon at the End of the Rainbow
Early August Katmai Lodge Fishing Report, August 7, 2018
As many of you know, I changed my latitude this summer from fishing on the east central coast of Florida to the Alaganak River in Alaska, and I’m here to tell you there is an abundance of salmon at the end of this rainbow. Throughout the world many fisheries are in trouble and great catches of fish are few and far between, but here on the Alagnak River located within the boundaries of the Katmai National Park it’s a much different story. Although we call it catching instead of fishing here at Katmai, the fishery is still facing some challenges,
Around the world king salmon numbers are declining, so during the king salmon run we did our best to release the hens and focus on keeping the more abundant species like sockeye. During the 2018 sockeye run on the Alagnak biologist estimated a run of over three million fish with a five fish limit per angler per day. The sockeye run was so strong this year, the authorities increased the daily limit to ten per angler after escapement numbers were reached. An unwritten rule among the guides and anglers here is to do our best to release the females of all salmon species unharmed so they can continue upstream to complete their spawn.
Another unique feature with the Alagnak River is it’s designation as one of the only trophy streams in Alaska where all native freshwater species like rainbow trout are catch and release only. So if you have ever dreamed of a place where trophy rainbows are in good numbers, this is it, especially after the salmon spawn in the braids upstream from the Katmai Lodge.
Currently both the king salmon and sockeye runs are complete for 2018, but in their wakes are the arrival of an extremely large push of both chum salmon and pink salmon (humpies). In addition, the silver salmon run is just kicking in with most of our clients reaching their three fish limits before noon.
Although we call it catching instead of fishing, anglers most be willing to endure the wet and cold conditions on the snotty days and be ready to face a brogue on insects on warm calm ones, and be sure to make room for the bears who are doing their best to fatten up for the winter.
Altogether my summer adventure has been an excellent experience and well worth the effort and discomfort. So if an Alaska fishing adventure is on your list I highly recommend a visit to the Katmai Lodge in Alaska.
As always, if you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.
Good luck and good fishing,
Captain Tom Van Horn