A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
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On and off the road system, Alaska is dotted with cities, towns and villages that give the state its real character.
Luck struck around 6:30 a.m. Sunday -- less than nine hours before the end of the 10-day Slam'n Salm'n derby -- when Robert Hayes hooked a 40.97-pound king salmon that made him the winner.
Summer solstice marked the beginning of the warm season last week, but two Anchorage fly-fishermen discovered Monday morning that winter still lingers deep in the Chugach Mountains.
The Kasilof beach is cool and calm at 10 a.m. on Monday as Yolanda Thomas emerges from her family-sized tent for a morning of dipnetting on the shore of the Kasilof River.
Community sits in Kachemak Bay State Park near Homer
Halibut Cove, Alaska, is in Kachemak Bay State Park on the Kenai Peninsula, 12 miles southeast of Homer on the southern shore of the bay.
The small community (population 35) is primarily self-employed artists; paintings, prints, pottery and batiks are produced and sold locally.
Other residents work in seasonal construction jobs. The summer population grows to around 160; many homes in this area are used only seasonally. About a half-dozen residents hold commercial fishing permits.
Half of all the residences have individual septic systems and are fully plumbed. There is no road access to Halibut Cove. Boats and float planes are the primary means of transportation. Kachemak Bay Ferry Service provides transportation from Homer. The community levies a 2 percent sales tax.
The cove was named by W.H. Dall of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey in 1880. Between 1911 and 1928, Halibut Cove had 42 herring slateries and a population of more than 1,000, according to one resident. From 1928 to 1975, the population stayed around 40, mostly fishermen.
Source: Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development