First Homer Halibut Festival Sept. 19-Sept. 20 The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is kicking off the first ever Homer Halibut Festival in 2015 as an opportunity for the community to celebrate the iconic halibut resource of Homer and of Alaska. Halibut has played an essential role in building Homer’s diverse recreational and commercial fisheries, becoming […]
Sergius Hannan, 18, turned in the fastest time for Sunday’s Triathlon — despite not having the fastest time in any of the three endurance events. Hannan turned in an overall finish time of 1 hour, 52 minutes and 29 seconds. The top female finisher, Angie Brennan, came in less than three minutes later with a […]
Alaska’s pink salmon catch is pushing 180 million fish, making it the second-largest harvest ever recorded. (219 million was the previous record set in 2013). The humpie haul has been pushed by record production in three regions. More than 15 million pinks were taken at the Alaska Peninsula, compared to less than 1 million last year. Kodiak’s record pink catch was nearing 30 million, triple last year’s take; and Prince William Sound’s harvest so far had topped a whopping 97 million pink salmon. All that fish goes into a competitive global market and — in a word — the pink market stinks. There is still a glut of pink salmon products stemming from Alaska’s record 2013 catch, and devalued currencies are bedeviling sales with overseas customers.
Before hunters set their sights on the upcoming season, they should direct their eyes to hunting regulations, because some have changed this year.
First and foremost, the season dates have changed. Instead of the general season running from Aug. 20 to Sept. 20, the general season now opens Sept. 1 and closes Sept. 25. The archery-only general season in Game Management Units 15A and 15B also is later this year, from Aug. 22 to 29.
But the requirement for legal bulls remains the same for the general moose hunt in GMUs 7 and 15 (which encompass the entire peninsula). A bull must have a spike on one side, have antlers with at least four brow tines on one side, or have an antler spread of 50 inches or greater.
Look around. No one even knows you’re here. Half the people in your office don’t even know your name, and the ones who do thought you retired last year. Now look out the window. See the sunshine? See the heat radiating off your car? That, my friend, is the call of the salmon.
If you listen very carefully, and try really, really hard to block out the ozone hum of the overhead fluorescent lights, you can almost hear the little Chinooks calling to you from the Fishing Hole.
Think about it. How many days of this kind of fishing weather do you get in a lifetime? Whether you develop a mysterious case of food poisoning after lunch, or simply hang a “gone fishin’” sign in the window, you’ll be kicking yourself come February when you need a nice, warm fishing memory to get you through the gray slush.
At the very tip of the Homer Spit — behind Land’s End Resort — swimmers Lila Lee Little, Jan Rumble and Dana Jaworski helped each other wriggle into thick wetsuits. The morning sun failed to break through thick clouds, and heavy fog created a stunning backdrop of mist-shrouded mountains; an affable tide lapped against the rocks, washing shiny, translucent jellyfish ashore.
It was a good day.
In the months and weeks and days leading up to this event, Little, Rumble and Jaworski spent countless hours conditioning and swim-training in both the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center pool and the open waters of Kachemak Bay. Their goal? Swim the 3.2 miles of open water to the other side of the Bay.
“I think it’s around 3.1 or 3.2 miles (as the crow flies),” Rumble said. “It’s hard to tell with the tide.”
Captain Josh Brooks is no stranger to catching trophy fish, but the angler and Brooksalaskanadventures guide almost outdid himself last week, as he hauled up a 300-plus pound salmon shark from the waters of Kachemak Bay. “The shark went for a root beer jig tail with salmon belly on it,” Brooks said of his catch. […]
Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby • Ned Friedman of Childquin, Ore. remains atop the Jackpot Derby leaderboard with his 277.8 lb halibut caught on July 14. Friedman was fishing with Captain Greg Northover and Alaska Arctic Sun Fishing and Hunting Expeditions. • Kevin Anderson of Crystal, Minn. landed a nice 94.2 pound halibut on July 21. […]
K-Bay Park Trail Conditions — Cleared of deadfall: China Poot Lake, Estuary, Poot Peak South, (brushy), Goat Rope (brushy), Saddle, Glacier Lake, Grewingk Tram Spur, Blue Ice, Grace Ridge, Tutka Lake — Not Cleared: Tutka-Jakolof, Mallard Bay, Alpine Ridge — The north route of Poot Peak Trail is unmaintained and very brushy, with possible fallen […]
So, let’s be totally honest here.
If you’ve been paying any kind of attention to the king salmon this season — both early and late runs — this latest closure shouldn’t really come as any kind of surprise.
Once known as a world-class king salmon fishery, fishing for Kenai River kings this year came to an abrupt end — before the first lure ever hit the water.
Back in February, long before fishing season officially opened on May 1, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game closed the early run king salmon fishery on the Kenai, and placed restrictions on king fishing in lower Cook Inlet streams and marine waters, as well as the Kasilof River.