By Joseph Robertia
The Kasilof River dip-net fishery opened at midnight Friday, and while many came expecting a flood of fish over the weekend, they instead found a slow drip of salmon hitting their hooped nets.
“It’s been pretty bad,” said Matt Saccheus, of Anchorage. “It’s just been super slow.”
The personal-use dip-net fishery, open to Alaska residents, runs from June 25 through Aug. 7 at the Kasilof River, and began one hour after the personal-use set gillnet fishery ended. Unlike the gillnet fishery, which takes place within a mile in either direction of the mouth of the river, the dip-net fishery takes place from the river’s mouth to roughly one mile upstream, and allows fishing 24 hours a day.
Saccheus and his family drove to Kasilof on Friday hoping to fill their coolers, but the action was been barely worth the trip down, he said.
“We got one fish Friday, one on Saturday and one today,” he said Sunday. “It’s been about the same for everyone. I only saw one guy who had a whole string of salmon, but he fished from about 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Saturday, before the commercial nets went in.” Continue reading