The sockeye run on the Situk is finally starting in in earnest, with a weir count topping 18,000 fish as of yesterday. We were way behind average, but are now neck-n-neck with counts from the past two seasons and both those years hit 100,000 fish counted. You can definitely catch fish throughout the entire system now, whether above the bridge, floating the river, or walking up from the lower landing.
Fish size is still running a little smaller than average, but not by much. Expect to have 5lb fish primarily. Fishing has been pretty good on the river. In case you were wondering… the commercial fishery has been poor. This seems to happen every warm summer. The nets are along the edge of the Ahrnklin Inlet, with the deeper cooler water out in the middle. Sockeye crave cool water, so they seem to be bypassing the nets again and running right up the middle of the inlet missing the nets. When you look at the weir counts, there is no dip during the commercial openers this year.
Speaking of commercial fishing… Tanis and I are going our thing on the Akwe River every Sunday and Monday. Ordinarily Teen is here to cover the shop while we are out fishing, but she is working day shift for KNIK Construction on the runway resurfacing project. Chris is guiding most days, so that leaves no one to work the shop Sundays and Mondays this month. My apologies for the inconvenience, but expect the shop door to be locked Sunday/Monday. If you expect to arrive those days and need help, send me an e-mail ahead of time and I’ll see about making sure we can accommodate you my hiding your order somewhere outside, or arranging for someone to cover for a short time.