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Outdoor Kodiak: Dolly Varden in the ocean
Recent days have felt like summer. In fact, this is the first time in years our lawn has required mowing in May. But surely I don’t have to resort to the lawnmower just yet. It’s time for my favorite activity on lazy summer days, even if it’s not really summer quite yet. Kodiak’s shoreline now teems with sea run Dolly Varden. Yesterday afternoon we returned to shore in our boat, spooking such a large school of Dol...
Jun 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Tune up your trolling
King salmon fishing is hot right now. Just look at the entries in the 2015 KACO king salmon derby! http://www.kodiakaco.com/derbyentry.html Three weeks into the contest the array of smiling anglers is already larger than last year, and the docks echo with rueful accounts of those who fish without derby tickets. King salmon will come within reach of shore in late June or early July, but for now you need to climb on...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: The strange case of this year’s spring halibut
I can use a single word to describe our early season halibut fishing. Weird! We’re not finding the fish in our usual places or when fishing in traditional ways. Yet we’re finding them. In unexpected places using methods that most folks don’t associate with halibut. Our first halibut was a nice, fat 30-pounder that landed flopping on our deck the last week of April. As usual my wife connected with it, and not five ...
May 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Try these tricks for luring year’s first Dolly Varden
Fishing for Dolly Varden is a rite of spring for Kodiak anglers. Days lengthen noticeably in May and the air warms. The rivers fill with Dollies, and it’s time to start the new fishing season. I wish I could predict the date when the run will start, but it’s highly variable from year to year. Rising water temperature is most certainly a trigger, but I’m starting to wonder if day length also contributes. It’s a sur...
May 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Whales and eagles but no bears (oh, my!)
My wife and I had celebrated a small weather break with a stroll along the top of sea cliffs after dinner. Looking down below us we noticed three sea otters alongside a reef. That wasn’t unusual, because we see them feeding there on almost every visit. But this time they were absolutely still, not moving a muscle and within easy reach of the exposed rocks. That was most certainly out of character! A glance out to ...
Apr 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Jig, mooch for kings without downriggers
I’m among the legions who love king salmon, both on the line and on the table. I’ve fished for them for over 50 years now, and they continue to fascinate me. In recent years downriggers have become standard equipment for saltwater fishing. They certainly make it easier to catch kings when they’re holding deep, but do you really need them? They’re expensive, after all, and if you’re not trolling at the moment, they...
Apr 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Time to tune up your shooting
Newcomers to Kodiak are startled by our long deer season, beginning each year on August 1 and extending through the end of October on the road system. In fact it runs through December 31 on the remainder of the island. On August 1, most people are chasing halibut and pink salmon without regard for what is happening in the surrounding hills. The deer opener comes on you quickly here on this great island. In fact on...
Apr 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Walk, bike or paddle to stay in hunting trim
The seeds for this week’s column were planted about a year ago. I “wintered” too well, gathering a few pounds through the holidays as I meanwhile allowed weather and schedules to come between me and my regular exercise routine. By spring, I was in sad shape. It wasn’t so much a matter of poor eating habits, because we eat fairly carefully and well. But I put on weight while losing condition, and I simply didn’t do...
Apr 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Spring lakes
April marks the beginning of some of my favorite fishing of the year. But with the warm winter we’ve experienced this year, I could have started long ago. Most years I’m waiting impatiently for the ice to retreat from road system lakes. Newcomers to the island and even many old timers aren’t aware that ADF&G stocks rainbow trout into many of the small lakes scattered around the road system. “Stocked trout?” you wo...
Mar 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Walking stick proves worth on hillsides
The calendar may claim it’s spring, but on Kodiak the claim always seems to precede the fact by a couple of months. Rather than March, our spring always comes sometime in May. This year is nonetheless an anomaly. We’ve certainly had more than our fair share of rain, but you have to climb high into the hills to find much snow at all. For me that means an early start on spring in at least one regard. I don’t have to...
Mar 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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