Fishing Day Two and Three - It pays to be at the correct creek

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On Fishing Day Two, we decided we would try further down the road.

 

We drove from Anchorage all the way to Girdwood, Alaska, which is about 45 miles away from the base. While stopping in at the local gas station in Girdwood, Dave and I chatted with a local Deputy Sherriff, and found out a great place to fish at Glacier Creek….which was just two blocks down the road from the gas station. How convenient!


We drove around the corner, parked the van, got on our waders, took out our poles and fishing tackle, and headed down the path toward the railroad bridge that ran over the creek.

 

Learning lesson from Day Two was this: Salmon don’t care about eating during the spawning season.

View of Turnagain Arm, on the way back...breathtaking!
It does not matter how many times you drag a lure over a salmon’s nose or face…when they are spawning, there is only one thing on a salmon’s mind - mating.

 

So, we casted, and casted, and casted, for four or five hours, again without even one bite. Frustrated, we drove back to the base and got a couple hours of sleep, and then went right back in to work.

On Fishing Day Three, we experienced the same troubles. The only difference is we found a clear pond where we could even SEE the salmon. Silvers, chubs, dog salmon….it did not matter which. They all lined up in a row, after whatever female salmon was dropping her eggs, just for the opportunity to fertilize them.

 

And, it was interesting to see the male salmon fight amongst the other males for best positioning to be next to the females! Sounds WAY too human for me! With my spinner lures, I hit salmon right over the nose, and on top of their heads, and they could care less. As long as they had a focus on the female salmon in front of them, their life was bliss! No little spinner lures could draw them away.


 

So, that was another five hours of fishing and nothing! We again drove back to the base, and after a few more hours of sleep, we were right back in to work again!

Lord_Mike says:
I would not be so rude and make you stay, but probably would have drank the champagne with you!!! Yes, there are seasons for different kinds of fish, unfortunately. And, if you are catching the wrong fish....this just gives a reason to head back to the pub for a few more brews!!!
Posted on: Aug 09, 2010
Lord_Mike says:
Actually, the better fish caught were before they spawn....but I was not picky. Any salmon on my hook was a good salmon!
Posted on: Nov 05, 2009
bkretzer says:
Sounds about right to me. Spawn, then eat!
Posted on: Nov 04, 2009
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Welcome to Girdwood, Alaska!
Welcome to Girdwood, Alaska!
View of Turnagain Arm, on the way …
View of Turnagain Arm, on the way…
Mountains here...
Mountains here...
...and here
...and here
...and more over here!
...and more over here!
A lot of lakes are green from th…
A lot of lakes are "green" from t…
Glaciers near Portage, AK
Glaciers near Portage, AK
A pond near Portage, AK
A pond near Portage, AK
closeup of that Midwestern salmon-…
closeup of that Midwestern salmon…
Anchorage or Seward...decisions, d…
Anchorage or Seward...decisions, …
Same sign
Same sign
Portage #2...nobody here now, but …
Portage #2...nobody here now, but…
Such a beautiful place, Alaska!
Such a beautiful place, Alaska!
Dave catching a tiger, really a …
Dave catching a "tiger", really a…
Dave catching that same fish again
Dave catching that same fish again
Lets try this next fishing creek,…
Let's try this next fishing creek…
Mountains everywhere!
Mountains everywhere!
So peaceful, so serene!
So peaceful, so serene!
My postcard picture
My postcard picture
Daves postcard picture
Dave's postcard picture
Girdwood
photo by: Lord_Mike