I just had a great time fishing at the Hoodoo River Lodge on July 2-8. I had been there back in 2011 later in the season for silvers and had a great time, so I wanted to return for the Kings. Last year, they had a terrible King run (ADF&G even shut down King fishing on the river), but this year the run was quite healthy. While I caught somewhat fewer adult Kings (not jacks) than I had hoped for, the average size was much, much larger, which is a trade-off I will always take. I landed at least five Kings that were 30 lbs or better, including the two in these photos. The first was a big buck that was showing some blush but still fought really hard (took nearly 30 minutes to land) and was pushing 40 lbs. and the second was a dime bright hen.
I also thought Rod and his crew did a great job and worked really hard for us.