It was also early in the morning, around 6:30 a.m. "We fished every day before work back then, and he took off around 3 or 4 a.m.," said Clara, who's no salmon-catching slouch herself, having landed an 85-pound fish that held the family record until Les hauled in his hawg. © 2020 Anchorage Daily News. Could another fish be out there big enough to break Les' record? Among them: • Bank closures to protect spawning and riparian habitat; • Establishing 50-foot riparian protection zones; • Culverts that follow conservation-based standards; • Construction of light-penetrating walkways that allow vegetation to grow beneath; • Using cutting-edge ARIS sonar technology to count the king salmon that make it upstream. In the afternoon Bernhard caught his own smaller Chinook. A 89 and 92 lb. A 1992 study suggested that Kenai River chinook (both sexes) were the largest kings after four years in the ocean — bigger than 43 other chinook stocks sampled in Alaska, British Columbia and the Lower 48 states. Mike Campbell was a longtime editor for Alaska Dispatch News, and before that, the Anchorage Daily News. Maybe they will fiigure out a way to get huge fish again. This one, however, we took with us. In addition to a taxidermy mount of his record-breaking fish in the Sports Hall of Fame at the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, another resides in the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Kudos to the netter too… I’m thinking I’d have a sudden case of the shakes when this bad dude came to the surface! "In recent years we've had some great research done on Kenai chinook that we can draw some probable assumptions about Les' big king," Pawluk said. John and I lifted the salmon into the boat. Wow I will have to check that out next time! The Ritter King the was the number 1 before les Anderson beat it on May 17 1986. then there were a couple low 90s and several upper 80s. The 126-1/2 pound giant taken in a fish trap at Red Bay, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. If you like to come to Chile we can help you get a Big One! Currently Southern Chile is delivering great trophies in Salmon Chinook, 25 kilos is an average weight for the months of February and March (There are records of the last season of 30 and 35 kilos). Ps there were also some pigs caught in salt off deep cr and anchor point, back in the day people didn’t know what we really had…. Perhaps those looking to break Les' record should adopt his mind-set. "Three times they got the king to the boat and couldn't get it in. Would have loved to tied into that beast when he was chrome! The fish took them up and down the river (to the Pillars, roughly a half-mile away, and then back). I explained to Ingrid that we usually release all “the really big ones” to preserve the gene pool. Biggest he ever got was 54 lbs dressed. "They take pictures with the fish and the carving of Les that sits outside our door. Most anglers then and now consider spawning kings that return in May and June to be smaller than the late-run fish of July. Persica Chile. The Sacramento River monster they found dead, if you notice the guy holding it has his arms straight out, I’m sorry but nobody could hold that size and weight of a fish like that so I think we have a bit of a photoshop image there. On July 15, 2009, angler Joel Atchison caught this massive Chinook on the Kenai River in Alaska. The record fish measured a mind blowing 58.5″ x 37″ and was probably a 100 pounder considering it wasn’t weighed for several hours after it was caught. Doug’s not holding it out, he’s trying to use his knee to heft the thing. "One thing I want to be clear about when it comes to fish size," Pawluk said, "what we are seeing around the state and in the Kenai River isn't that size at age is decreasing, it's that age of maturity has decreased. That right time wasn't just early in the year. If you want names and dates I can drag them out. I was wallye fish with a guide on the ColumbiaRiver and the other client had pics of two monster Keniriver kings he landed. We drifted downstream while Bernhard was operating the video camera. On September 19, angler Tom Olivio of Montana caught and released what he claims could have been a world record coho (silver) salmon on the Salmon River in upstate New York. He never bragged about it," Clara said. Sharon Leon, Les' stepdaughter, shared similar sentiments: "He was never braggadocios or ever brought it up. As I am an old-old-old Oregonian, I can remember “hogs” being caught at Cellio Falls, that were far more impressive than my old-Alaskan days (1968>). Big salmond in the bar 120+lbs. Those 100 plus lb AK and WA monsters are just amazing to me. Here’s a list of 10 massive kings that will make you weak in the knees…. The 92 was at the time the 5th largest king on record. At last, the fish showed the first signs of tiredness and therefore the escape attempts lessened. Old timers said they got fish up to and occasionally slightly over 70 lbs in the early 50s. Les' record still stands, and it has secured him a place in the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. "They fought it for nearly an hour. Great write up. Everyone interviewed for this story agreed it's possible. These were just 10 big ones that I could find info on. Before that day, the largest salmon Les had landed in 16 years of fishing was a 63-pounder, and while he recognized this king as bigger, he didn't immediately consider it a world record contender. My friend and fellow Alaska guide, Chris Sessions, sent me this pic and said that a friend of his has one of the three replica mounts of the behemoth on his wall. This massive 53.5″ x 34″ buck weighed somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 to 80 pounds! Clara said that whenever her husband was asked if he thought anyone would ever trump his fish, he'd share his simple credo: Joseph Robertia is a freelance writer living in Kasilof with his wife, Colleen, and daughter, Lynx. Again, I’m loving the fact that people are letting these hogs go! But when the fish later cleared the water and revealed its colors, they knew that he was into a big coho. Imagine the surprise of California Department of Fish & game biologists when they found this Godzilla-sized Chinook carcass in Battle Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River, nearly 300 miles upstream, from the ocean! The Salmon River is home to an annual fall run of chinook (king) salmon, coho salmon and what remains of the Atlantic salmon after which the river was originally named. WTF is wrong with some people? Bernhard hooked the fish and handed the rod back to her. This is an excellent indicator that in our country it is possible to get large Chrome King Salmon. At this point, I want to thank them again for their understanding. "The resulting collective community efforts to protect, restore and enhance both fish habitat and angler access have proven successful," he said. He sold a few reproductions out of the mold to sea food restaurants in different places. "Had someone filmed it, we could have called it 'How not to catch a salmon,'" joked Clara, explaining that nearly everything that could go wrong, did. Can you please send on photo’s and say where in Chile? Sometimes too much attention can be negative, but Ricky Gease, executive director of the Kenai Sportfishing Association, said he thinks the community responded well to the uptick of anglers. Fortunately, John Wright, the Kermode Bear Lodge Assistant Guide, joined us that day. Looks nice, most from some time back in history, mean while in Chile we are catching 50 and 60 lb Chinook on a daily basis right now in March 2015 and some even bigger. As I understand it, they had the fish lying in the shallows where it was measured twice, revived and let go. Mr. Todd Johansson was fishing for Chum salmon, and got lucky enough to catch the largest Chum Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) ever caught while fishing in Edye Pass, British Columbia, in northwest Canada. "In general, fishing regulations for chinook salmon on the Kenai River in 1987 were more liberal than they are now. All of a sudden, like an explosion, the fish headed toward the main current of the Skeena River. The King of Kings The declining age of returning salmon in recent years may help explain why fewer big fish are found. We went out fishing by boat the very next day. The fish measured a lengthy 42.75 inches (108.5 cm) with a 24 inch … I fished commercially with my dad and then skippered boats in my youth to work my way through school. No list of massive king salmon would be complete without the current All-Tackle IGFA All-Tackle World Record 97-pound, 4-ounce king caught by Les Anderson in the Kenai River back in May of 1985. The king measured 58 1/4 inches long, 37 1/4 inches around. Easy there, Ben…let’s not jump to conclusions and name calling. The fish was more than four pounds heavier than the existing record one caught by hook and line, a 93-pound king caught in June 1977 in Southeast Alaska by …