Alaska Fishing Tips

The spring season is the best time to go fishing, and there is no other place like Alaska. During peak season, for sure there are a lot of people crowding in fishing spots and you would not want to tangle lines with other tourists. You want to have that real experience. You’re lucky if locals tell where you can find the hidden gems. But if not then you can always figure out where to find them. Here are some of the most useful tips for successful fishing:

 

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Know More About the Location

Prior to heading to Alaska, you need to gather as much as information as possible. Make sure to do a lot of online research of the best areas to fish and where the specific species you are wanting to catch will be.

To avoid the crowd, you may want to try fly-fishing in lakes. In fact, even those lakes near cities can be the best places where you can experience successful fishing. If you are looking for salmon, rainbow trout or other species, you can find what you need for the most part on this site.

Type of Fish

The kind of fish that you want to catch would actually vary and would depend on the timing and the location. If you are looking for the best fish species, you can usually google it so you can have hints as to when and where to find them. If you are going for King Salmon then you can expect huge crowd going after such species. But if you want to avoid the crowd then you might as well try Northern Pike. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has informational pdf files so you can select the type of fish and check it out. They have complete facts for every breed and where you can find them.

Timing

For successful fishing, timing is everything. That is why it is important when and where to fish. For instance, the southeastern part is great for freshwater as well as saltwater fishing. If you go for winter ice fishing then you get to have many rainbow trout. Before you go on a fishing activity, you can check out some information pertaining to on late or off-season fishing.

Permits

One of the mistakes that most people do is fishing without permit. Not only is it illegal but it can also ruin your fishing experience. So, just before you head out to any fishing spot, you need to use certain permits as provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Securing the necessary permits does not have to be that tedious since you also purchase your license on the Internet. In addition to having the permits and licenses, you also need to know about the rules and regulations.

Alaska has a rich source and a diverse species. Depending on your preference, you can select among a wide range of fishes you want to get.

Taking Better Fishing Photos

This may seem like such a silly thing to think about or read about, but in all reality what do you have once the fishing trip is over and you’ve released your catch back into the water or dropped it into the cooler? Your “Big Catch” photo is what you have. That is your proof, your bragging rights right there, so why not make the photo perfect? We say that you should take the perfect fishing photo for memories sake and of course the bragging rights.

Not only does it give you your bragging rights, but the main point of a photo is to be able to relive those memories and moments. The photo is supposed to remind you of the fight and all the strength you put into catching that fish. A photo can almost set your brain off to feel all those feelings again, and relive the moment! So of course you would want the best picture possible.

 

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So let’s gets to it. Here are some tips to help you take the best fishing photos:

Fill The Frame

When taking a fishing photo, you should try to fill the frame with the angler and the fish. Encourage the angler to smile as well. If there is a beautiful backdrop, use it! The only exception to not fill the frame with the angler and fish would be if the background is captivating, at that point still try to fill most of the frame with the angler and his fish all while getting the backdrop in.

Sun To Back

When you’re photographing the angler and his catch you want to be sure the sun in at your back, this way the anglers face and their fish will be lit up well. This can be tricky since you also do not want to get your shadow in the photo, so be sure to angle yourself to where your shadow will not affect the photo.

Backdrop

Say you do not have a very scenic and beautiful backdrop, or you want to use a different one. Try to find a backdrop that use contrasting colors and textures. If you absolutely cannot find a decent backdrop, it will be even more important to fill the frame with the angler and the fish.

Keep It Alive

If you are catching and releasing, be sure the angler is keeping the catch in the water until they begin taking the photos. Not only will this keep the fish alive, but the fish will look a lot better right out of the water, colors more vibrant and lively, rather than dull and dry looking. If you are trying to take a lot of photos, then make sure you take about 5 photos then put the fish back in the water, then take it out again to take more.

Capture It All

One thing that really makes those memories come back is seeing the whole process over again. Not only is the catch important to photograph, but capturing the whole process is just as important. Make sure once the angler hooks a fish that you start clicking! Hero shots equal more bragging rights!


Hopefully these tips will help you capture those memories perfectly on your next fishing trip!

Ketchikan Fishing Minute 10/01/15

The Ketchikan Fishing Minute for the last week of September, by Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions.

 

About this time each year, the weather starts getting quite a bit colder and the fishing slows down. Locals start tallying up their catch and firing up their smokers. This year hasn’t been too much different.

The forecast called for rain each day last week, with a bit of a respite last Friday. Oscar and I headed out on a Livingston skiff from Clover Pass Resort that morning to take advantage of the break in the weather. It wasn’t long before we had one coho in the boat, and much like last week, we circled over that same spot to pull two more silvers out of the water that morning.

We weren’t as lucky with the weather on Tuesday, when we took one of the yellow boats out. It was raining pretty good and the water was choppy. The fishing wasn’t much better, but Oscar caught one nice silver before we headed in.

The last of our guests at Silverking Lodge and Clover Pass Resort will depart On Sunday, with the annual crew derby taking place on Monday. I will try to get out on the water one more time before the derby and give you the final update of the season next week on the Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

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Ketchikan Fishing Minute 09/24/2015

 

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions is back with the Ketchikan Fishing Minute for the third week of September.

The forecast for the last week called for rain each day, but we ended up with some wonderful weather over the weekend. Of course, I waited until Tuesday to get out on the water, when temperatures dipped below forty-five degrees and it was raining sideways. I got bundled up and hit the water however, and after a short time we did find some fish.

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After motoring to Pup Island, we trolled north towards Tatoosh. In the bay before the cut at Tatoosh, I pulled in the first of my six coho for the day. Rather than run from the fish, we circled back over that area and caught six more silvers from nearly the exact location. While the final count was six to one in my favor, Oscar got the jackpot by hauling in the largest fish that day.

I used a yellow and orange hoochie trolling behind my ultra violet flasher. After I brought in a few fish, Oscar switched over from a cut plug to a yellow hoochie also and landed his fish on that set up.

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We only have guests at Clover Pass Resort and Silverking Lodge for a couple more weeks, but I will be on the water a day or two over the next seven, and give you an update next Thursday on another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

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Ketchikan Fishing Minute 09/17/2015

 

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions with the Ketchikan Fishing Minute for the second week of September.

As the season begins to wind down, the fishing has remained steady. Most guests at Clover Pass Resort and Silverking Lodge have been fishing from Pup Island to Tatoosh rocks and back with a lot of nice silvers being landed.

On Sunday we landed a nice silver in that area before motoring over to Vallenar Bay. We probably should have stayed put though, because we only brought three pinks and a chum in to the boat at Vallenar.

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On Tuesday, Oscar and I took a Livingston over to Pup Island and we landed seven coho by 10:00 AM. Oscar won the day by bringing in five of those silvers. Lately we have been using hoochies of every color, but on Tuesday Oscar went straight to the cut plug herring, and after he had landed a couple, I switched over as well. He was primarily trailing his behind a dodger, while I was using a white, ultra-violet flasher.

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We’ve only got a couple more weeks to go until the end of the season. Hopefully the fishing will stay hot all the way through until the end of September.

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I will get on the water a couple of times over the next few days and give you another update next Thursday on the Ketchikan Fishing Minute!

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Ketchikan Fishing Minute 09/10/2015

The Ketchikan Fishing Minute for the first full week of September.

Labor Day is the traditional kick off for the fall coho run, and this weekend did not disappoint. I started getting good reports from the guests at Silverking Lodge last Thursday, so we headed out from Clover Pass Resort on Friday morning to see how the bite was coming along. We weren’t hampered by nearly as many shakers as we had seen the last couple of weeks, and the three silvers we pulled on board all had nice size to them. We also hauled in a humpy that day.

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On Tuesday we were back at it, and the fishing was dynamite. By 9 am, I had five nice coho in the boat along with two pinks and a chum. My buddy Oscar also caught two beautiful silvers that morning. On Wednesday, the shoe was on the other foot, as I caught one silver and one pink, while Oscar hauled in two nice silvers, two pinks, and a sockeye. It was my first time seeing a red caught while trolling in saltwater.

There were plenty of boats on the water each day, and everyone around us was catching some nice fish as well. After such an unusual summer, it is nice to see the fall run bringing a bit of normalcy back to the fishing around Ketchikan.

We’ve got more rain coming this weekend, but I will hit the water a couple of times in the next week, and give you another update next Thursday on the Ketchikan Fishing Minute!

 

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Ketchikan Fishing Minute 09/03/2015

I was only able to get out on the water one day this week, and that was yesterday – Wednesday, September 2nd. We got well over four inches of rain over the weekend, but the weather was clear on Wednesday with a bit of nip in the cool September air. By the time early September rolls around, you can expect most of the pink salmon to have moved into freshwater streams, leaving mostly silvers out in the saltwater. As previously mentioned however, this summer has been highly unusual, with runs seemingly arriving behind schedule and in lighter numbers than a typical season.

Much like last week, we were getting quite a few bites from the smaller, “shaker” fish yesterday, with the only keepers being three decent sized pink salmon – one of which was still pretty bright, not yet humping out or turning color. That could not be said for the other two fish however.

This weekend is Labor Day – a traditional kicking off point for the fall coho run, so I will be back out on the water a couple of times over the next few days and get back with an update next Thursday on another Ketchikan Fishing Minute!

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Ketchikan Fishing Minute 08/27/2015

The story this week has been all about the shakers. I hit the water on both Tuesday and Wednesday for a few hours in the morning, and we were getting a lot of strikes on both days. Unfortunately, most of the fish we were catching looked like small trout rather than the large coho we’re used to seeing at this time of year. It can be a challenge to find the larger fish when smaller fish are attacking your bait as soon as its in the water. On Tuesday, our efforts were rewarded with a single silver that had decent size to it. and on Wednesday, we caught a couple of nice coho, a very hefty chum salmon, and one pink that was starting to get pretty ugly.

I was using a few different hoochies each day. It seemed when the bite died off a bit, I could switch from one color to another and get the strikes to resume. Pink has been strong, as usual, but white, blue and green have been productive as well.

The forecast calls for two to three inches of rain for our area between now and saturday morning. Hopefully that will get the fish moving and we’ll see a big push of our fall coho run move into the area around Clover Pass Resort.

I will hit the water again a couple of times over the next week and give you another update next Thursday on the Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

 

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Ketchikan Fishing Minute 08/20/2015

 

It’s time for another Ketchikan Fishing Minute, this one looking back on the third week of August 2015.

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This week, I was afforded the opportunity to experience Alaska in a whole new way. On Friday, I boarded a float plane with guide Rick Collins and pilot Steve Kamm and headed out to McDonald Lake for some freshwater fly fishing. After about a thirty minute flight, we touched down on the north end of the lake. There we used an eight-weight fly rod to cast out to spawning pinks, sockeye, and coho. This was my first time fly fishing, and thanks to great instruction from Rick, I did get the hang of it pretty quickly. After a couple hours fishing salmon, we switched over to lighter tackle and waded up the creek for trout. We hit two or three different spots along the way, catching mostly rainbows, with Ryan Thompson landing a nice one about twenty inches long. Mike Teuscher even got a strike from a king salmon, but our three-weight rods were too light to land a fish that size. The experience was one of my favorites since coming to Alaska, and I would highly recommend a fly out trip for a day of freshwater fishing to anyone visiting Ketchikan. Even if you only do it once in your lifetime, it is an experience you do not want to miss out on.

I also got out on the saltwater on Sunday. we fished Vallenar Bay and Grant Cove primarily, pulling out three silvers and three pinks before the day was through. We spent a lot of our time shaking off little salmon, but the fish we did keep had good size to them.

I will be out again over the next few days, so check back next Thursday for another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

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Ketchikan Fishing Minute – 08/13/2015

 

The latest Ketchikan Fishing Minute, this one looking back on the second week of August.

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Guests at Silverking Lodge have been doing well fishing the back side of Grant Island, and as usual, guests that have been out with our guides have been bringing in some really nice fish, including this fifty five pound king salmon brought to the dock at Clover Pass Resort.

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I had a busy week this week, and honestly, I did not get on the water too much. Guests at Clover Pass Resort have reported better fishing in Vallenar Bay, so when I went out on Friday, we shot straight over there. I only had ninety minutes to fish on Friday, so I wanted to get on them quickly. Right away, we had two pinks on board, and before we headed back to the dock, we also caught a nice silver. On Tuesday, I was back at it from a Livingston skiff. Again, I didn’t have much time, but the small cove north of Pup Island produced one humpy and another nice coho. Lately I have been using very small hoochies, and having some success with those. Also it seems that pink hoochie, green flasher combination is attracting more strikes.

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I will be fishing most of the day on Sunday, and at least one other morning this week, so tune in next Thursday for another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.