Cooper Landing, Alaska Affected by Swan Lake Fire Activity

Since 8/18/19, the Cooper Landing community has been significantly affected by a major uptick in fire activity from the Swan Lake Fire located approximately 12 miles west of Cooper Landing, Alaska and about 5 miles East of Sterling, Alaska. (SEE UPDATES BELOW)

Portions of the Sterling Highway near Jim’s Landing where the Swan Lake Fire has jumped the road on 8/18/19.

Portions of the Sterling Highway near Jim’s Landing where the Swan Lake Fire has jumped the road on 8/18/19.

The Swan lake Fire as it approaches the road near Jean Lake on 8/18/19.

The Swan lake Fire as it approaches the road near Jean Lake on 8/18/19.

Dense smoke over portions of the Sterling Highway causing traffic to come to a halt on 8/18/19.

Dense smoke over portions of the Sterling Highway causing traffic to come to a halt on 8/18/19.

More fire as the Swan Lake Fire approaches Sterling Highway (headed East) on 8/18/19.

More fire as the Swan Lake Fire approaches Sterling Highway (headed East) on 8/18/19.

Currently, as of 6:20pm on 8/21/19, the Sterling Highway is open. Furthermore, all 3 boat launches in town: Cooper Landing Viewpoint and Boat Launch, Sportsman’s landing and Jim’s Landing have all been closed until further notice - additionally, the entire length of Skilak Lake Road, Lower Skilak Boat Launch and Campground is also closed. Boating activity on the Upper Kenai River is also prohibited to reduce road traffic on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing.

The Russian River Campground/Ferry and Jim’s Landing have also been evacuated and are closed until further notice.

For our guests that have fishing trips planned over the next few days, we want you to know that we are working hard to come up with alternative fishing plans that are both safe and enjoyable. If no solutions can be reached, we will issue full refunds in a timely manner.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and support as we deal with this ever-changing situation.

For the latest updates please visit: https://akfireinfo.com/

UPDATES

8/19/19 11:30AM - Sterling Highway to re-open at noon - Expect delays and absolutely no stopping along the highway due to ongoing fire activity.

8/19/19 6:15PM - Sterling Highway Temporarily Closes due to fire activity, Cooper Landing Viewpoint and Boat Launch, Sportsman’s Landing and Jim’s Landing still closed, Upper Kenai River still closed to all boating activity.

8/19/19 9:30PM - Traffic is delayed indefinitely due to “Significant Fire Activity” that is expected to continue for quite some time.

8/19/19 10:15PM - Both lanes of the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing remain halted - the situation could last through the evening and into Tuesday. Free Camping is available at Centennial and Swiftwater in Soldotna for travelers headed East.

8/20/19 7:15AM - The Sterling Highway remains closed as fire activity has increased significantly. No word yet on when the road will re-open. The Kenai River remains closed until further notice.

8/20/19 9:50AM - The Sterling Highway will open at 10:00am to one lane of traffic starting with the Sterling side.

8/21/19 6:25AM - The Sterling Highway is closed due to high smoke levels. No word on when it will reopen.

8/21/19 6:00PM - Sterling Highway has re-opened.

JULY COMING TO AN END

SO MUCH ACTION THIS JULY!

Another month almost in the books! What a crazy summer it has been! The trout and sockeye fishing has been really awesome lately!

Once again, our guests have been incredible and the fish have been doing their part, wearing us out :)

Looks like our next open date isn’t until October… we’ll be grinding out until then - let’s hope our equipment holds up!

Thank you to everyone who has joined us this season and who has booked with us for future dates :0)

They don’t get much thicker or bigger than this Dolly Varden!  What a beast!

They don’t get much thicker or bigger than this Dolly Varden! What a beast!

Upper Kenai River Rainbow Trout!

Upper Kenai River Rainbow Trout!

Giant Dolly Varden on the Spey Rod!  - 3rd Cast to glory!

Giant Dolly Varden on the Spey Rod! - 3rd Cast to glory!

WHAT A GREAT SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER IT HAS BEEN!

A PHOTO ESSAY

Holding a    wild king salmon    is amazing!

Holding a wild king salmon is amazing!

Early season trout action on the    middle Kenai   !

Early season trout action on the middle Kenai!

Jackie getting it done on a    spey rod   !

Jackie getting it done on a spey rod!

A 28” beast of a    Rainbow Trou   t! John’s biggest ever and a fight we won’t soon forget!

A 28” beast of a Rainbow Trout! John’s biggest ever and a fight we won’t soon forget!

Dave    instructing at the 2019 Alaska Spey Clave!

Dave instructing at the 2019 Alaska Spey Clave!

Rich sending a big    spey cast    across the river! We lost count of how many    King Salmon    he hooked this day!

Rich sending a big spey cast across the river! We lost count of how many King Salmon he hooked this day!

George had a dream of landing a    king salmon    and we stayed out a bit later to get it done!

George had a dream of landing a king salmon and we stayed out a bit later to get it done!

Getting an opportunity for a little evening fun fishing is always appreciated! This    wild King    on a    spey rod    will be in our memories forever!

Getting an opportunity for a little evening fun fishing is always appreciated! This wild King on a spey rod will be in our memories forever!

A giant upper    Kenai River       Dolly Varden   !

A giant upper Kenai River Dolly Varden!

OUR FIRST SHORT FILM! - THIS IS TROUT SPEY

It has been so much fun to work on our YouTube Channel!

With nearly 40 videos already in 2019, we decided to work on a short film. Centering around the fly fishing technique of “trout spey,” we hope to show how much we love to chase trout using 2-handed fly rods, known as spey rods.

Watch as we talk about our passion for spey fishing and for taking our wonderful guests out on the river to tangle with some feisty rainbow trout on big rods!

Skagit Casting Basics - Learning How To Skagit Cast

Skagit Casting Basics - Learning How To Skagit Cast

Learning the addiction-filled fly fishing techniques of spey fishing and skagit casting opens up such great new opportunities for chasing our favorite fish.

Ever since we discovered spey fishing, it has become a relentless passion for us, not only in our personal fishing journeys, but in our guiding program here at Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC.

Trout Spey Tips - 4 Preparation Tips for a Great Day on the Water!

Trout Spey Tips - 4 Preparation Tips for a Great Day on the Water!

One of the most practical ways to have a great day on the water is to prepare ahead of time. Being a fishing guide, we are always prepared to fish from the time the boat launches until the time we reach our final destination for the day.