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Column wraps up for season, not fishing

Column wraps up for season, not fishing

Now that we are beginning the slow tumble into the deep fall season where land hunts rule, don’t forget the stunning silvers and steelhead swaggering… Continue reading

 

Wild weather here, but fishing still fair

Wild weather here, but fishing still fair

Well that was a pretty wild weekend. High tides, high winds, a dash of termination dust and snagging opened at the Nick Dudiak Lagoon.  Surfers… Continue reading

 

Life-saving tips: Learn to swim, wear a PFD

Life-saving tips: Learn to swim, wear a PFD

Last Monday I opened a voicemail from my compadre Turk. He was so riled up that residual smoke leaked out of the receiver. He started… Continue reading

 

Nick shares recipe for salmon brine

Things have continued to roll along in the silver fishery along the east side of The Spit.  Remember last week when I hinted that if… Continue reading

Fish while you can; time zooming by

Wow, did we somehow pick up a serious tail wind of time since this column’s seasonal debut? Come on, Aug. 6 already? It seems like… Continue reading

Fishing? Know what you’re catching

I have received an unusual amount of email asking how to report angler evil-doers to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers without tying up 911.  The local number… Continue reading

Jill Brown (foreground) dipnets alongside Chelsee Largo (background) on Kenai’s north beach on Sunday, July 19. Dipnetting on the Kenai River is open through July 31. People heading to the Kenai River should expect a crowd as sockeye numbers have been increasing over the last few days.-Photo by Ben Boettger, Morris News Service - Alaska

Silvers pickier than pinks (and taste better, too)

Let’s face it. Putting the hammer on silvers while they are cruising beneath our inlet waters or doing acerebral loops inside the infamous Nick Dudiak… Continue reading

Jill Brown (foreground) dipnets alongside Chelsee Largo (background) on Kenai’s north beach on Sunday, July 19. Dipnetting on the Kenai River is open through July 31. People heading to the Kenai River should expect a crowd as sockeye numbers have been increasing over the last few days.-Photo by Ben Boettger, Morris News Service - Alaska
Linda Scott of Bloomington, Minn., poses with the 224.4-pound halibut she caught while fishing with DeepStrike Sportsfishing aboard the Grand Aleutian captained by David Bayes. She is the current leader in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Minnesota woman takes lead in derby

It was an interesting past week for the sports fishing crowd. A distaff member of the flatfish hunting group shot into first place in the… Continue reading

Linda Scott of Bloomington, Minn., poses with the 224.4-pound halibut she caught while fishing with DeepStrike Sportsfishing aboard the Grand Aleutian captained by David Bayes. She is the current leader in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Bristol Bay forecast goes bust

Bristol Bay needed volume to make up for a soft market, but state biologists say there’s no reason to expect that it’s going to happen… Continue reading

It’s not just the out-of-towners who can’t read or follow sport fishing regs

It’s not just the out-of-towners who can’t read or follow sport fishing regs

Back in late June this column reported on a plethora of angling misconducts Alaska Wildlife Troopers had to deal with because of clueless dipsticks.  … Continue reading

It’s not just the out-of-towners who can’t read or follow sport fishing regs
Howlin’ Whales, a new band from Homer, will provide live music.

Kachemak Heritage Land Trust Celebrates Anchor river

This evening there’s a party in Anchor Point. The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust (KHLT) is hosting “Take Me to the River,” a free public celebration… Continue reading

Howlin’ Whales, a new band from Homer, will provide live music.
Tom Schroeder, veteran and protector of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, says it takes an average of 10-15 hours of fishing to catch a king at the Fishing Hole. -Photo by Miranda Weiss

Fishing Hole: Fun for all ages

Tom Schroeder’s got time on his hands. So much time he’s booked about 150 hours so far this season at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon,… Continue reading

Tom Schroeder, veteran and protector of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, says it takes an average of 10-15 hours of fishing to catch a king at the Fishing Hole. -Photo by Miranda Weiss

Lower prices could mean more markets for state’s wild salmon

Too much red and pink salmon could be a blessing in an ugly disguise for 2015.  The commercial fishing industry has a pessimistic outlook for… Continue reading

New plan helps Mat-Su sport fishing interests

New plan helps Mat-Su sport fishing interests

While most drift fishermen are grumbling about the lack of quality fishing time in the Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishery, the contentious new management plan… Continue reading

New plan helps Mat-Su sport fishing interests
Silver fishing plays itself out; Nick wraps it up for summer

Silver fishing plays itself out; Nick wraps it up for summer

I am going to go out on a very thick limb and declare the silver run at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon deader than a seniors-only… Continue reading

Silver fishing plays itself out; Nick wraps it up for summer
Be careful out there: Lead is flying

Be careful out there: Lead is flying

If Captain Kirk and his gang from the starship Enterprise had popped out of a reverse time warp above the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon over… Continue reading

Be careful out there: Lead is flying

Russian bans add to uncertain picture for state salmon prices

By Molly DischnerMorris News Service - AlaskaAlaska’s commercial fishermen have hauled in more than 125 million salmon this year, but the prices for those fish… Continue reading

Friday marks beginning of snagging on parts of Spit

Friday marks beginning of snagging on parts of Spit

Last Saturday during the incoming tide, I decided to take on a unique challenge by attempting to simultaneously scrutinize two events at the Fishing Hole… Continue reading

Friday marks beginning of snagging on parts of Spit
Good ol’ days back at Fishing Hole

Good ol’ days back at Fishing Hole

If you haven’t visited The Fishing Hole lately, there’s only one way to describe it. It’s a “Back to the Future” scenario with silvers performing… Continue reading

Good ol’ days back at Fishing Hole
Fishermen work the incoming tide on Thursday afternoon at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Good ol’ days back at Fishing Hole

If you haven’t visited The Fishing Hole lately, there’s only one way to describe it. It’s a “Back to the Future” scenario with silvers performing… Continue reading

Fishermen work the incoming tide on Thursday afternoon at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
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