Silver salmon Hot in Goodnews River
Capt. John Kumiski
August 26, 2009
Goodnews River - Freshwater Fishing Report
Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 8/25/09
Greetings from Goodnews River Lodge (www.epicfishing.com).
The report is a little late this week. That's because today is the last day in the lodge's fishing week. Next week is my last week here. I should be back in Florida on September 3.
I took a day off this week and went hiking with son Alex and Tyler Williams. We climbed Tsuktilig, about 2500 feet in elevation. Base elevation was 180 feet, so we gained about 2300 feet. First we walked across a mile and a half of tundra and scrub willows. The first third of the mountain is covered in alders and there's no trail. The slope is about 45 degrees and it's pretty tough going. After you reach treeline it's steep but easy going the rest of the way. The view is incredible and although it was cold and windy with a few light showers, we had some great weather. The breeze kept the bugs down and we found a sheltered and warm place near the summit to enjoy lunch. A superb day, altogether.
We fished for dollies one day this week, going way up the river into the wilderness area. Dolly fishing was spottier than it had been, but rainbow trout and grayling fishing were good.
The rest of the week has been about silver salmon. My fishermen have been getting 25 to 50 a day on both hardware (Pixies, jigs, and Mepps spinners) and flies. There are a lot of fish in the river and fishing has been consistently excellent.
The kings, chums, and pinks are washing up on the banks, dead and stinking. Sockeyes are almost done spawning. Silvers are still flooding in, although some have started pinking up.
I am looking forward to being home again.
Life is short- go fishing!
Life is great and I love my work!
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