Our best September silver salmon fishing with ocean-bright chrome fish caught usually occurs before September 10. Later in the month I may fish some streams or lakes for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, arcitc grayling in 2014.
September 1 — I guided a group of 3 guests, each of whom caught a limit of silver salmon — however, 1 guest released a couple silver salmon hoping for better fish and only ended up keeping 2 silver salmon. The other guests each kept their first 3 fish. 3 of the fish had sea lice still clinging to them, but some of the other fish were a bit blushed. All of the fish were caught on Fire Cured salmon roe drifted under ESB Bobbers. We saw a bald eagle during the trip.
September 2 — I guided another group of 3 guests, 2 of whom caught a limit of silver salmon, and 1 of whom caught 2 silver salmon. All of the fish were caught by drifting Fire Cured salmon roe under ESB Bobbers. We saw a single immature bald eagle during the trip.
September 3 — I guided a group of 3 guests, 1 of whom caught the first salmon and was satisfied to watch the other two anglers fish the rest of the trip. My other two anglers each caught a limit of silver salmon. All of the fish were caught on Fire Cured salmon roe drifted under ESB Bobbers. During the trip we saw a couple immature bald eagles, an adult bald eagle, and some waterfowl.
September 4 — I guided a morning group of 3 guests, 1 of whom caught and kept 2 silver salmon, and 2 of whom each caught 3 silver salmon, but only kept 2 each. All of the fish were caught on Fire Cured salmon roe drifted under ESB Bobbers. The water had risen quite a bit today and was continuing to come up. Most of the fish were caught in different holes than the ones where we were most successful yesterday. I plan to guide and post a fishing report again tomorrow.
Friday September 5 — I guided a group of 4 guests, each of whom caught and kept a limit of silver salmon on Fire Cured salmon roe drifted under ESB Bobbers. During the trip we also saw a mature bald eagle that landed in a tree near where we were fishing. Water was up a bit from the rain, but the salmon were biting pretty good for us.
Saturday September 6 — Since we had no reservations I had the day off, and spent my time getting caught up on chores around the house — including curing more salmon roe for some future fishing trips. The season is winding down — and at this point I am still planning to guide one trip a day through about September 10 so if you’d like to fish for silvers one more time during the 2014 season between now and September 10 give us a call at 907-746-2199. At this point I am starting most of the trips at 9 or 10 a.m. Nearly every trip we are still catching a few newly arriving silver salmon with sea lice.
Sunday September 7 — I had another day off.
Monday September 8 — I took my Mother and step father fishing today. The each released some dark silver salmon, and each kept a limit of 3 silver salmon in decent shape. All of the fish were caught by drifting Fire Cured salmon roe under ESB Bobbers.
Tuesday September 9 — I guided a group of 4 people who caught 14 silvers, but only kept 8 fish, and released 6 darker ones. The group also caught 2 rainbow trout. All of the fish were caught while drifting Fire Cured salmon roe under ESB Bobbers. The Alaska Department of FIsh and Game has started removing the Little Susitna River salmon counting weir for the season.
Wednesday September 10, 2014 — I guided one guest who caught 4 silver salmon and kept 3 of them. During the trip I also caught a couple silver salmon and kept 1 of them. All of the fish were caught by drifting Fire Cured salmon roe under ESB Bobbers. Water level was high,but dropping. It was drizzly, but fairly warm during the trip.
I would like to THANK all of our guests who helped make the 2014 summer a successful salmon fishing season. The Alaska Board of Fisheries made some regulation changes in February 2014 that have resulted in significantly better silver salmon fishing this year, and will likely produce similar good salmon fishing during July, August, and early September of 2015 and 2016. The Matanuska -Susitna Borough has a road improvement project taking place right now that should smooth out transportation to Little Susitna River Public Use Facility for the 2015 season and beyond. I expect king salmon fishing during 2015 will likely provide similar king salmon fishing success to what we experienced this summer with similar regulations as well. While we have now concluded our open water salmon fishing trips for 2014 — Now is a good time to start planning your 2015 trip(s) with nearly all of our prime dates available for reservations. Feel welcome to call for more information at (907) 746-2199.
Feel welcome to visit our 2014 Alaska Fishing Report pages as fall and winter progress. I plan to post reports anytime I fish for the remainder of September and the entire month of October (perhaps once or twice a week). I plan to start guiding ice fishing trips in mid to late November depending upon ice and weather conditions.
— Andy Couch