Carry gallery updates from the past couple months.
Snows almost gone, been 40Fs to 50Fs days, 20Fs nights for a while now; A FAST spring, we’re smack dab in the middle of break-up, otherwise known as mud season.
Upper 50s, low 60s in the sun yesterday, so I blew off the homestead chores and made my yearly spring run up to a favorite river spot. Odd since it’s about exactly one month earlier than usual…
Mom went along, we made a day of it looking at river access roads, seeing what was open what wasn’t, planning a picnic day in the next couple weeks. Fun times, semi-off roading.
Bit icier that it usually is when I’m there, good ice shelf (10″ ish thick) left on the sand bar, and in the river. River much lower than it should be, this low snow year showing itself.
This came up on a forum I post at, about how tasty the small king salmon I caught ice fishing had to be. I felt compelled to clarify there, and I should here as well.
They are Extremely tasty, and Are indeed king salmon. But I you can’t really think of them as a salmon when it comes to the eating. Not like most people are used to salmon tasting.
These are hatchery fish that are stocked into several lakes here. “Real” wild salmon get their pink color and flavor from their ocean going diet… So a land locked salmon is a very white flesh, and a mild flavor.
To me, they taste like the rainbow trout with a slight salmony hint to it.
Here is a piece of one I fried for lunch today, notice how light the flesh is;
SUPER tasty fish! But not what most people think when they think salmon. 🙂
Look what I got!
Here are 4 more, random samples of the fish I caught. 10 total keepers, all but one were like this, big and plump!
Great day on the ice, 25F, clear and sunny, 8″ of ice on Cushman lake– Ice report said 13″, so we parked on the lake… 2 full size pickups side by side on 8″ of ice was pushing our luck, but thankfully God is graciou- no issues.
We were over the deepest water, 25 feet, the ice is usually thinner over the deeper spots, so the ice report was probably right. There were lots of other tracks, an ice skating area and trail to huts has been plowed too. I wasnt really worried about it, but technically it was a little on the skethy end.
Anyway, back to the fun!
My buddy, his son, and myself all limited out (10 fish per) on these “little” king salmon.
Their piles of fish;
About 4.5 hours out, we just couldn’t quit, it was so much fun! Action was great too, not just the catching, but the fighting. Had to work for them not just catch them(easy fishing is boring fishing!).
Got out to Birch Lake the first time this season last Saturday, I didn’t get anything but a buddy and his kids did great. I didn’t care I got skunked, I got all the fun I needed watching those kids(7 and 9)catch their first cold fish (and I think first fish ever)!!
Most of those are rainbow trout, a couple small silver salmon. They could have limited out, but put a lot of little ones back.
I had Something about twice that size on the line once, as did my buddy… Bugger got off just shy of the ice both times, stayed just long enough for us to see him each time! Bloody teaser!
Getting ready to hit another favorite spot this coming Saturday. About 13″ of ice according to F&G ice reports, up from the 8″ last week. Usually a lot more by this time of year but we’ve had the mildest fall/winter so far that I can remember in 25 years..
He got a new auger, one of those gear boxed suckers that goes on a cordless drill (works phenomenally! ).
They wanted to give me something as a thanks for helping out with some stuff last month, so they gave me his gas auger. Absolutely floored me!
8″auger, 43cc motor, Eskimo, came with an extension bar too.
I’ve been ice fishing 3 or 4 years now and have Never had an auger, even a hand one or even a ice chisel! Always go with someone that has gear, or use a hole already open that someone’s vacated, ask a favor of someone to drill me one etc.
Big game changer for me, really opens up where and when I can go now!
Sizing up to be a good season. Got a couple gear mods to make posts for soon, and some other new gear too.
Should be back with another trip report in a couple days, hopefully with at least one fish of my own this time!
Some of you might remember fix 1.0 last year. A friend was given an Eskimo Quickfish 3, but he doesn’t (ice)fish, so gave it to me. It had 2 broken poles. The ends had snapped relatively clean off, so I made connectors to reattach the ends for the hubs to the poles.
Done in brass because it was the only stock I had bigger diameter than the pole end pieces.
This year I had it set up before first snow to dry out (outside storage over the summer) and 8″ of snow load collapsed the top; I broke a pole getting it cleaned off...
This time it broke the pole mid length, and it exploded, long slivers of fiberglass everywhere… Couldn’t salvage it, and handling it to salvage the end/hinge piece was too hazzardoes.
So, I made a new pole, and the end this time. Machined the hinge end from aluminum, with a steel cross pin. And mounted on a fiberglass driveway marker rod. Works great!
(These poles are only $10 new, but shipping something 49” long to Alaska is rediculously expensive!)
Got a little behind on posting these reports. Probably not many pics for this time span either…