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How is about the salmon this year?

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How is about the salmon this year?

How is the salmon this year? Do you think there will be still salmons and bears by July 23rd?

Thanks a lot!

Edited: 09 July 2013, 17:49
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1. Re: How is about the salmon this year?

We were there from this Friday 7/5 to Sunday 7/7 and there were definitely salmon in the river as well as lots of bears.

The first day we were there, there were some salmon jumping at the falls (maybe 1 every minute) and there were tons of bears at the falls. We counted 12 bears at one time from the falls platform. The next day started the same with few salmon jumping but lots of bears. Then we went back for dinner at 5pm and when we came back to the falls at 7:30pm the salmon had made a tremendous push. All the sudden there were easily 100 fish jumping per minute. This rate continued fully into Sunday as well.

Two observations on the correlation between seeing bears at the falls and the salmon run:

1. Per the NPS ranger and our experience this week, when there are huge amounts of salmon jumping at the falls then the bears get full off the salmon quick and wander into the woods to sleep. This doesn't make for the best bear viewing. However when there are some salmon, but not too many, there were be more bears hanging out there.

2. If there are a ton of salmon to feed the bears then they don't hang out at the falls. Per the NPS ranger more bears end up handing on in the camp because of this. We got this first hand Sunday as there were bears wandering around the cabins, lodge, and beach all day. We thought it was pretty cool and funny but not everyone did. There were two incidents were older tourists sprinted away from big bears when they popped out of the bush (the NPS wasn't too happy about this as you'd imagine). Also a bear charged right towards a ranger and then a group of us (including me and my wife) on the porch before veering off. We were preparing to leave on the Katmai Air Otter at the time. It made for an awesome end to the trip!

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2. Re: How is about the salmon this year?

July 23rd should be ok- the second run of reds should still be moving in then.

Peter- sounds like you had a great viewing! Nice!

3. Re: How is about the salmon this year?

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