Excellent King Salmon in Goodnews River
Greetings from Goodnews River Lodge (www.epicfishing.com).
A few highlights from the past week-
I fished a father and son, Kurt and Zack. Zach is a high school senior, a very cool kid. We were back-trolling Wiggle Warts for king salmon when Zack had a strong hit. I pulled the anchor and rowed the boat to shore, where Zach got out of the boat. We should have just followed the fish down the river, because we had to get back in and chase it downstream. Twice. When I finally netted it we taped it out at 44 inches long with a 27 inch girth, a magnificent fish. That was the fourth king we had gotten that morning. All were aver 20 pounds, with the first fish being 40 inches.
I was running home down the Middle Fork with Bob Wolsburn after some fantastic mousing for rainbows. I hit a sharp corner wrong and put my boat up on the grass bank. Embarassing, but no harm done. We pushed it of and kept going.
Today I hiked up a creek with a couple in their 70s. The worst part of that was that I had to carry the Remington. But it was a spectacular day, and they caught dolly varden, arctic grayling, and rainbow trout, all on a black egg sucking bunny leech.
The river is full of fish- king salmon, chum salmon, sockeye salmon. A few pinks have shown up. Dollies are starting to show in good numbers, too. Everyone anticipates the arrival of the silvers, only a couple of weeks off.
Tyler Williams and I are planning an attempt to summit Barnum Peak. We figure it will take a solid two day effort. We have to find the time off, as well as have good weather.
The days here are long, but this is an awesome place.
Life is short- go fishing!
Life is great and I love my work!
About The Author: John Kumiski
Company: Spotted Tail Charter Service
Area Reporting: Florida's Space Coast
Bio: Guiding fly and light tackle anglers on Florida\'s Space Coast for over 20 years.