Reeling ‘Em In: Hare v. Pheasants could be plot of Homer ‘Sea Side Story’

Last week, as dawn morphed from a dull steel radiance to a crimson ember’s glow, I had just stepped out of the cabin to head… Continue reading

 

Reeling ‘Em In: Alas, poor Thrasher — it’s time for Nick’s revered fishing rod to retire

As the summer teeters on the border’s edge of August and September, I have come to the solemn conclusion that I must retire my favorite… Continue reading

 

Reeling ‘Em In: Smoky days didn’t stop Nick from catching some righteous cohos

Last week was a bit wild with the fire flare ups, road closures and hanging smoke. Until the winds finally showed up, the inside of… Continue reading

 

Reeling ‘Em In: How to introduce a youngster to Alaska fishing — and get skunked, too

Have you ever experienced a quintessential week of angling where you were able to introduce a young visitor to such a cool Alaska adventure? Most… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Finicky silvers have specific bait requirements, doncha know

Update: This came in too late for the Homer News prime time edition of the paper but in time for a web heads-up. A Youth-Only… Continue reading

John Hakla from Eagle River heads back into the water while dipnetting on the North Kenai Beach on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Tightlines: Fishing forecast

More than 225,000 late-run sockeye have gone through the weir as of July 15, doubling last year’s run — which was at just above 100,000… Continue reading

John Hakla from Eagle River heads back into the water while dipnetting on the North Kenai Beach on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A Cook Inletkeeper volunteer does stream monitoring of Fish Creek, Alaska, in this 2011 file photo. (Photo provided/Cook Inletkeeper)

Deshka River measured at record-breaking stream temperature

Two years ago, Cook Inletkeeper Science Director Sue Mauger wrote a paper looking ahead at what Cook Inlet salmon streams might look like with climate… Continue reading

A Cook Inletkeeper volunteer does stream monitoring of Fish Creek, Alaska, in this 2011 file photo. (Photo provided/Cook Inletkeeper)

North Dakota man takes lead in Jackpot Halibut Derby

Homer’s 2019 Jackpot Halibut Derby has a new leader as of last Friday. Jason Schuler of Wahpeton, North Dakota caught a 224.2-pound halibut on July… Continue reading

Wyoming man leads Jackpot Halibut Derby

Homer’s 2019 Jackpot Halibut Derby is off to a strong start with a new leader, according to the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The longest running… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Not even dinosaur-killing virus can stop Nick from his report

This column may be a bit shorter than usual because I’m sitting here at the computer with the Grim Reaper drooling over my right shoulder… Continue reading

New charter operation is first in town to use Seakeeper boat stabilization

A new charter business in town is making a name for itself in more ways than one by being having the first boat of its… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Bobber snaggers have skills of bread mold

I received an interesting batch of emails after last week’s report and most of them centered on the king return at the Nick Dudiak Fishing… Continue reading

Reeling ’Em In: Blackmouths getting bigger at Fishin’ Hole

Last week I wrote that the blackmouths being caught at the Spit’s fishing lagoon were fairly small tipping the scales at around 5 to 9… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Chinooks starting to hit at Fishin’ Hole

Last week I reported that the Fishing Hole’s chinook run had been about as productive as surface trolling from a ferry in high seas off… Continue reading

Fishing still good despite wacky weather

The weather was a bit schizoid over the Memorial Day weekend with Mother Nature experiencing sneezing wind fits trailed by intervals of sluggish air allowing… Continue reading

Derotha Ferraro from the fishing vessel Big Game poses with the king salmon she caught at the Anchor Point King Salmon Calcutta on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Anchor Point, Alaska. Ferraro’s fish was one of the top ten fish caught in the tournament, weighing more than 20 pounds. (Photo courtesy of Bill Scott)

Walli wins Calcutta King Salmon Tournament

Drizzling rain and chilly temperatures did not deter anglers from having a whale of a time at the 25th annual Anchor Point King Salmon Calcutta… Continue reading

Derotha Ferraro from the fishing vessel Big Game poses with the king salmon she caught at the Anchor Point King Salmon Calcutta on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Anchor Point, Alaska. Ferraro’s fish was one of the top ten fish caught in the tournament, weighing more than 20 pounds. (Photo courtesy of Bill Scott)

Seawatch: Late-stage chinooks not as safe as thought

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences have made a discovery about mortality in late-stage chinook salmon — fish… Continue reading

Seawatch: Micciche proposes setnet buyback bill

Sen. Pete Micciche (R-Soldotna) is having another go at getting a bill through the legislature that would reduce the number of commercial east side setnetters… Continue reading

Seawatch: Togiak sac-roe herring wrapping up

Togiak sac roe herring may be wrapping up as the fish are getting smaller and some buyers may start balking. The quota is 29,930 tons,… Continue reading

Seawatch: Board of Fisheries meets March 9

The Alaska Board of Fisheries kicks off its meeting dealing with state-wide finfish proposals on March 9 in Anchorage, covering about 20 proposals and expected… Continue reading