Mission Lodge Fishing Report
After a week of warm weather, seemingly unseasonable for this part of Alaska, this past week began with much cooler temperature and rain. The Chinook must have felt our distress at this turn of events and responded by keeping rods bent and drags burning. What more could you ask for to kick of our Mack Chase week than unbelievably good salmon fishing. Mack himself set the tone with a 35 pound king that established a new seasonal record. For almost all of the group salmon was the focus, whether it was Kings on spinners and plugs or Chums and Sockeyes on flies everyone wanted salmon. Nathan Schaub spent a few days along with his pilot cohorts fly fishing for chums. Along with landing 20 chums in an afternoon he set the record for fly caught chum with a beast of a fish that weighed 11.8 pounds.
Mack’s fishing and card playing buddy, Cookie, set the gear caught record with a 12 pound chum. There were those who took time out from their salmon quest to experience some other fishing opportunities. Mike Phipps and Steve George have taken a liking to the Rainbows of the Kvichak over the years and were looking forward to mining it’s waters again for some large trout. It payed off when Steve landed a trout that tipped the scale at nine pounds. The Agulukpak was again a consistent producer of char and big Northern Pike. Jim Richards tied into one of those big pike and set the lodge record with a fish that weighed 10.5 pounds. Toward the end of the week, after some had had their fill of King Salmon, they wanted to try their hand at Sockeye. These fish have a reputation of being tackle testing fighters and all who hooked into a few confessed their amazement at their strength. Joe Gamertsfelder hooked into the biggest Sockeye of the week, a knuckle buster that weighed 8.5 pounds. It was definitely a week of full fish boxes and big kings and a week of familiar faces that we look forward to every year. Thank you to Mack and all of his friends for making it a great week.