Susanna LaRock/Turnagain Times
Anglers taxi to the other side of the Kenai River on the Russian River Ferry to fish for sockeye salmon on Father’s Day.
By Susanna LaRock
Cooper Landing Correspondent
First run of reds hits the Kenai; fishing opened June 11
Cooper Landing was flooded with eager anglers June 10, and people were lining up at the Russian River Ferry at 9 p.m. anticipating the midnight June 11 opening of fishing on the Kenai and Russian Rivers. Anglers reported catching their limit of sockeye salmon on the first day of the season, and many anglers were happy with the rainbow trout and Dolly Varden fishing as well. The water on the Russian and the Kenai Rivers are high, but anglers reported excellent fishing on both rivers.
There is an emergency fishing order for king salmon on the Kenai River effective June 15, 11:59 p.m. through June 30. Only king salmon less than 20 inches in length or 55 inches in length or greater may be kept. King salmon 20 inches or greater in length and less than 55 inches in length may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
Anglers are reminded that if they are processing their catch near where they are fishing they should cut up the carcass into small pieces and throw it into fast moving water. Be bear aware, be safe, and fish on!
Fish Fry for the Cooper Landing Health Clinic
The Cooper Landing Health Clinic will be raising funds by serving up tasty meals June 22, 23, and 24. You can get your halibut, shrimp, or cod with French fries and slaw for $16 a plate. There will be a big white tent between Wildman’s and Espresso To Go where Carrie Williams and the Cooper Landing Health Clinic Committee will be serving up delicious fish fry to benefit the Cooper Landing Health Clinic, which is open every Tuesday this summer. The Cooper Landing Health Clinic provides quality health care to everyone regardless of insurance coverage.
Music and More at the Kingfisher Roadhouse
Every Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at the Kingfisher Roadhouse this summer. Bring your own guitar and an appetite for great food, drink and music. Kingfisher is also offering live music nights this June. Caribbean Slim will be playing June 22, Bob Parsons will play June 23, and Barroom Roses will be playing June 25.
Cooper Landing Community School is Offering Ongoing Activities this summer
Shannon Bauer will be teaching a Pilates class this summer every Friday and Sunday from 9-10 a.m. at Cooper Landing School. On nice days the class will be held outside, it will be held in the gym on rainy days. Each class is $3 and students need to bring their own mats.
Tot Time will be on the play ground on nice days and in the gym on rainy ones. Every Monday from 11 a.m. to noon, kids of all ages are welcome to get together and play at the school. Due to it being summer time older siblings of tots are encouraged to join in the fun as long as parents are aware of older children playing with very young ones. All children must bring an adult; no children should be left unattended.
Open Gym night will be held every Monday and Saturday night from 7-9 p.m. Adults are encouraged to take advantage of this adult’s only gym time to play a game of basketball, volleyball, or both. Attendance has been high so far this summer, so get out and join in the fun.
Summer Fun at the Library
Cooper Landing Community Library invites all its patrons to “Tie One On” this summer. There is an interactive scarf tying display at the library throughout the month of June, which encourages patrons to try on some lovely silk scarves made by Ladonna Herbert. With the help of video instruction, anyone can “Tie One On” this summer. Scarves will be available for purchase for $10 each.
Cooper Landing Community Library has started its summer reading program. This summer children of all ages are encouraged to “Dream Big and Read”! The summer reading program is a way to make sure that your children continue to enjoy reading and the local library all summer long. From 11a.m. to noon every Friday children of all ages are encouraged to come to the Cooper Landing Community Library, be read to, read to others, get prizes for books that they’ve read at home, and participate in fun activities.