62,000 and then 68,000 red salmon on successive days has Soldotna Traffic in a bind. Locals as well as out of towners are crowding area banks after a massive surge or red salmon (Sockeye) filled the river on Saturday and Sunday. With no boats moving on monday the fish did not move a lot, but with Tuesday opening look for the fish to start to move. Red salmon do not like motor noise and tend to make a push each time a boat moves. I witnessed this yesterday when a couple of folks who did not know the law stopped here at the Funny Moose Fish camp and fished the river until I informed them of the problem. They came over and thanked me and as they gunned their engine, one fish jumped and I hooked a second.
King Salmon also surged. 2 straight days over 1650 put over 3000 kings in the river on Saturday and Sunday and with Mondays count not out and 2 days of not being harassed by motors or fishermen the fishing today should be good. The river is stable and clearing despite misting rains for 2 days.
Halibut fishing on the peninsula is picking up with the good tides this week. The average on the Northern Lights yesterday was over 40 pounds per person with a big fish of 80 pounds. Look for averages the next 2 days to increase with the low tidal movement and some bigger fish to show up.
Silver salmon are starting to show in the bay, and several folks here in camp limited out on fly outs with High Adventure Air on an secret river that High Adventure likes to fish on the west side of the bay. The fish averaged over 10 pounds with a couple of smal Dollies to boot. .