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Karluk River Fishing Report

September 2008

Fishing International clients Dan Littleton and Robert Pellan report back from their fantastic salmon fishing trips to the Karluk River:

Karluk River week of Sept. 10 – 15, 2008

Well, the fishing was really quite wonderful!

It was a fantastic coho bite / limits of ocean bright silvers by 11AM or earlier on any morning we decided to keep fish. Otherwise, we hooked and released many other beautiful coho throughout our trip.

We were also pleasantly surprised at the average size of the Karluk coho / which we estimated to be around 12-14 pounds (really) and we caught many in the 18-20 pound range / spectacular in anyone’s book and another trip of a lifetime for the Littleton group!

This trip also verified the lesson I thought I learned from our first trip, and that is that you don’t really want to watch the weir count because the fish counted today are last week’s fish. The fish come in to acclimate in the lagoon/ probably for a few days or maybe a week and then they go on up river. Also, I think they are waiting for the right conditions before going on upriver including water temperature, flow, rain and possibly the right tide. So when we left California on September 9 and the daily weir count was coho / 0, sockeye / 0, chum / 0, and steelhead / 0; it seemed like we might be in for a horror story. Instead it was another fishing beauty!

During our Karluk stay there was also a tremendous school of sockeye coming through, even though we were only able to fair hook a few fish each day / the crazy sockeye always provides one of the greatest battles of any salmon Pound for pound, they are the greatest fighters of the pacific salmon.

Ronnie & Betty provided some great boats with new motors and this worked out wonderfully.

D. Littleton, San Jose California

Karluk River week of Sept. 21 – 26, 2008

Fantastic trip – one of the best I have ever been on. Best fish was a 24lb. silver salmon.

R. Pellan, Calgary Canada

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