Late-run kings fizzle out, force lower Cook Inlet closures

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.

277.8 lb halibut leads derby

Chances are, fisherman Mark Meaders of Lake Geneva, Wisc., was feeling pretty good on Monday when he pulled a 197-pound halibut from the waters of Kachemak Bay. Meaders was fishing with Alaskan Fishing Adventures aboard the F/V Yoda.
For more than a month, Cheboygan, Mich. angler Molly Malthby sat atop the Homer Halibut Jackpot Derby leaderboard with a 196.8-pound flat fish she caught on June 6. And, while Meaders’ fish just barely bested Malthby’s, it was enough to unseat the reigning champion.
And then along came Ned Friedman — from Chiloquin, Ore.

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby – July 9

Current Standings 1. 196.8 pounds, caught by Molly Maltby of Cheboygan, Mich. on June 6. Maltby was fishing with North Country Charters and Captain Ben Martin aboard the F/V Fringe Benefit. 2. 185 pounds, caught by Casey Byrnes of Palmer on July 6. Byrnes was fishing with Brooks Alaskan Adventures and Captain Josh Brooks aboard […]

Highland athletes beckoned by the lilt of the kilt

Cabers flew and bagpipes blew as the Kachemak Bay Celtic Club hosted its annual Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans at Karen Hornaday Park on Saturday. And, while the athletes and spectators would be hard -pressed to find much of anything wrong with the day of summer sunshine and bright blue skies, the 70-degree Alaska heat apparently made for a little wilting in the kilting.
“I was pleased with the overall day and of course, the weather was near perfect,” said games organizer and club director Renee Krause, “But really, it was almost too hot.”
This year’s competition heated up a bit as well, as more competitors took to the fields in the Club’s third-annual games.

Strut Your Mutt: so much more than just walking your dog

Back in 2000, animal lovers Kathy Franz and Peg Price wanted to find a way to support Homer Animal Friends and create a fundraiser similar to Anchorage’s Friends of Pets event. They came up with Strut Your Mutt, and welcomed 24 dog owners and their dogs to the inaugural event.
A few things have changed in the last 15 years of mutt-strutting; this year’s edition includes contests for the best kisses, best singing, games like musical hoops, and a walk through dog-friendly trails in the Homer area.
The purpose of the event, however, hasn’t changed at all.
“Strut is a lot of fun for both dogs and their owners, and promotes and strengthens the human/pet bonding experience,” said Lynn Kee, Strut Coordinator and HAF president. “The dogs and their people always have such a great time.”

K-Bay State Park Trail Conditions

June 8, 2014 • Black and brown bears have been reported along the Emerald Lake Trail around the Portlock Plateau. • Snow levels are at 1500-2000 ft., depending upon aspect of slope. Large snow patches are expected at higher elevations, which can obscure trail locations. Trails can be very bushy in places. • Trails in […]

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby – June 11

Current Leader Molly Maltby of Cheboygan, Mich. took over the lead of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 196.8-pound halibut she landed last Friday. Maltby was fishing with North Country Charters and Captain Ben Martin aboard the F/V Fringe Benefit. Standings 1. 196.80 pounds, June 6, Molly Malthby, Cheboygan, Mich. 2. 141.80 pounds, June […]

Six boats sail Cheechako Cup

By Randi Somers The Cheechako Cup race run May 17 was the first sail race of the season and had six entries that finished in the following order: Nereus with a corrected time of 1:28:50; Morning Star came in second with a time of 1:36:29, then Arctica with 1:41:06, Dolphin 1:47:38 Dawg’s Life 1:50:31 and […]

Gardeners gear up for growing season

With the days getting longer and warmer, it’s nearly time for the trowels and tools to come out for gardening season, and green thumbs planning for another year’s bounty from the garden and beautiful bouquets in the flower beds met this past weekend to share their knowledge with each other and those interested in learning how to grow their own.
“Spring is always a time when people start getting incredibly anxious to get their hands in the dirt,” said Marion Nelson, president of the Central Peninsula Garden Club, which held a Get Ready for Spring event at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Saturday, which was attended by several hundred people over the course of the day.
Nelson said the garden group felt something formal was in order to share how-to knowledge with people who become interesting in home gardening each season.
“Each spring it increases by 200 percent,” she said. “So we decided to move to a larger venue where people could take in more information easier.”

Bring on the Big Fat Bikes

Homer Cycling Club held its third-annual Big Fat Bike Festival over the weekend, and had 55 registered participants for Saturday’s “Big Ride.” Icy rocks left over from the outgoing tide added a slippery challenge to the ride, but a prevailing tail wind assisted riders on their way. Sea otters, cormorants and eagles greeted visiting bikers […]

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