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Ketchikan Fishing Minute 07/27/2017

Welcome back to another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

Unfortunately, I was only able to get on the water one day this week. Erik and I left Clover Pass Resort in a skiff on a wet and windy Wednesday. Temperatures were in the low 50’s, with some gusty wind and a steady rain. We stuck to the area between the lodge and Survey Point, each of us fishing a banana weight set up. Right away, I had a pink salmon in the boat, not very big, but with a great chrome color. There were plenty of other boats in the water around us, including a ton of our skiffs, and it seemed like a number of fish were being caught in the area.

We got started a couple of hours before the tide change and fished through until about an hour after. in all, we pulled in three pink salmon between the two of us, having lost a few at the boat.


Lots of fish being caught by our guests at Silverking Lodge this week, including a 26.4 pound king and a 28.6 pound chinook, both caught from our 14′ Livingston skiffs.


I have some family in town this week, so we will be hitting the water hard all weekend. Check back next Thursday to see how we did on another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.


Ketchikan Fishing Minute 07/20/2017

Welcome back to another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

Oscar and I were at it again this week. On Tuesday, we fished from a 14′ Livingston out of Clover Pass Resort, mostly around Survey Point. We got a little bit of a late start that day, but were still in the water ahead of the tide change. I stayed with my Coho Killer while Oscar mostly fished cut-plug herring. There was a little magic left in the Coho Killer, as I brought in three pinks and a chum. Unfortunately, Oscar’s luck ran out and he got skunked for the day.

We had heard a lot of good reports about the fishing around Skin Island and Caamano Point recently, so on Wednesday, Oscar and I took one of Clover Pass Resort’s yellow boats To investigate. We started by crossing Clarence Strait to give Skin Island a shot. Oscar utilized the downrigger while I continued with my banana weight set up. On our first pass, Oscar hooked in to a fourteen pound king salmon, while I lost a couple pinks near the boat. We had a few more bites, and Oscar landed a pink while we were there, but we weren’t getting the action we had hoped for.

About an hour before the tide change, we decided to run back across and see what Caamano Point had to offer. We were marking fish regularly, but not getting a ton of strikes. Oscar pulled in a good sized chum salmon, leaving him with just a silver to go for his second grand Slam in as many weeks. I was the one that landed the coho however, insuring a reward for my efforts that day.

A report from Alaska’s Fish and Game Department on Tuesday said catch rates for silvers, pinks and chum were picking up and that they should continue to improve through August.

I’ll hit the water again over the next few days, and give you the report on Thursday, in another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

Ketchikan Fishing Minute 07/13/2017

Welcome back to another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

So far this year, we have focused primarily on fishing king salmon, since that run peaks in June. Around the first of July, we tend to see pinks and silvers move into our waters as the kings move out, and that has been the case this year. I often recommend mid-July as a great time to visit, because you have an opportunity at all the Pacific salmon species during that time.

I hit the water Monday morning in a Clover Pass Resort “Yellow Boat” with my friend Erik. We trolled the area out by Tatoosh rocks, and right away, I brought in my first pink salmon of the year. Usually pinks in early July are bright chrome and not showing any signs of their upcoming spawn cycle, but this one was already developing a decent hump. Over the course of the morning, we brought five more pinks in, along with one coho and one chum. Erik was utilizing a downrigger while I fished with a six ounce banana weight. Of the eight fish we brought in, six were caught on the banana weight set up.

On Wednesday, Oscar and I left Clover Pass Resort in one of the Livingston skiffs and headed to Survey Point. The Livingstons do not have downriggers, so I was again using a banana weight while Oscar dropped his line using a diving weight, in this case a Deep Six. Typically, the diving weights are better at getting your line down deeper than a banana weight can, so my line was probably closer to the surface than Oscar’s. The wide variety of salmon species was on display that morning, as I brought in three silvers, three pinks and two chum, while Oscar hit the grand slam by bringing in a king salmon to go along with his two pinks, two coho and a chum salmon!

The ability to catch numerous salmon species, and to do it easily in our fourteen foot skiffs, is another great reason to visit Silverking Lodge and Clover Pass Resort in July and early August. Our reasonably priced, self-guided packages will allow you to create memories that last a lifetime – and fill your freezer!

In addition to the weekly fishing reports, I will be developing some supplemental videos that describe a few of the techniques we use while fishing for salmon and halibut. Be sure to check back for those, and check back next Thursday for another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

Ketchikan Fishing Minute 07/06/2017

Welcome back to another Ketchikan Fishing Minute. This week, some friends from down south visited me in Ketchikan for the Fourth of July holiday, and we hit the water with Captain Shane Klinger from the dock at The Cedars Lodge on Friday Morning.

The weather was somewhat blustery, as it can be the first week of July. Temperatures were in the mid 50’s, and the wind and rain picked up as the day progressed. We had a bumpy ride as we made our way out to the Cape. We started out looking for kings, and were promptly rewarded as the first strike came about five minutes after we set our line. Because my friends were not residents of Alaska, they were only allowed to keep one king per person, while I was allowed to keep two chinook as an Alaskan resident. We trolled the area for just over an hour, and everyone aboard brought one in, while i got my limit of two – including a nice 23 pounder.

After we hauled in our king limit, it was time to look for some halibut. The motion of the ocean was taking its toll on a couple of our guests, so we didn’t spend a lot of time waiting on fish of any size. We set up on a spot, got our bait down, and each pulled in one halibut – the limit for residents and non-residents when fishing on a charter vessel. Each fish was well under the 42 inch maximum length. If we had been fishing on our own, without the aid of a skipper, regulations would have allowed us to keep two halibut of any length.

There have been a lot of reports of silvers being caught in the Clover Pass area, as well as a few pinks. I will hit the water again over the next few days and give you an update next week on another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

Ketchikan Fishing Minute 6/29/2017

Welcome back to another Ketchikan Fishing Minute. I hit the water on Tuesday this week, fishing from about 7:00 AM through the morning tide at 9:50 AM. My friend Erik and I trolled near Tatoosh Rocks, hoping to get into something other than jack kings.

With July quickly approaching, we were hoping to see some pinks or silvers moving into the waters around Clover Pss Resort. Erik started out with a black and white hoochie, while I fished with a black and white coho killer. I have been using that almost exclusively since the beginning of the season and been having pretty good luck with it.

Right away we got into a school of shakers. They were hitting almost as fast as I could get my line in the water. While I assumed most of these fish to be little kings, I was checking them a little more closely this week to be sure they were not another species.

I finally got a strike that was pulling some line off my spool, hopeful that a chinook with some size was on the other end. As it approached the boat, I was disappointed because it was clearly smaller than the 28 inches necessary to keep king salmon. We still netted it just to be sure, and to my surprise, we had landed a nice little silver salmon. Silvers, also known as coho salmon, have white gums and spots only on the upper lobe of the tail, while kings have black gums and spots on both the upper and lower lobes of the tail.

It was encouraging to see silvers this early in the season. Hopefully we’ll see quite a few of those in July, along with the pink salmon we always get during the month.

I will be catching a ride with Captain Shane Klinger out of The Cedars Lodge this week, in addition to doing some more self-guided fishing around Clover Pass Resort. I will give you the report next week on another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.


Ketchikan Fishing Minute 06/22/17

Welcome back to another Ketchikan Fishing Minute. With most of our videos, we showcase the salmon fishing available in the area. Ketchikan is known as the Salmon Capital of the World, after all. While there are still plenty of kings in the area, it is a bit early for silvers and pinks, though some are showing up on the dock already.

Halibut and a large variety of rock fish are available in the waters around Ketchikan, and Oscar and I were joined by Clover Pass Resort General Manager Bret Raby last Saturday as we went hunting for bottom fish.

The weather was spectacular, with temperatures in the 60’s and plenty of sunshine. We took one of the Clover Pass Resort Yellow Boats out to a spot off the coast of Prince of Wales Island, fishing at a depth of about 250 feet. Oscar and I were primarily using circle hooks while Bret had on a lead head J-hook and a large rubber grub.

I pulled in a nice little halibut within the first half hour or so. After that, everything seemed to avoid my line. Bret was the big winner of the day, as he pulled in two halibut, a yellow eye rock fish, and a big lingcod. Oscar also did well with one halibut and decent sized quill back rock fish.

Toward the end of the day, it seemed like we were missing a few strikes, but finally Oscar landed what he hoped would be a decent size halibut. It turned out there were sharks in the area, which probably spooked most of the fish around. After Oscar pulled in his shark, we pulled up our lines and headed back to the lodge. But we will be at it again next week for another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

Ketchikan Fishing Minute 06/15/2017

Welcome back to another Ketchikan Fishing Minute. The 70th annual Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby wrapped up this past Sunday, and Chase Hanis held on through the third weekend to secure the top spot. His 43.7 pound king was caught early on day five, and that fish will net Chase a $10,000 check in addition to two tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.

Other notable names on the ladder include good friend of Clover Pass Resort, J.B. Ruth, who ended up with the third largest fish brought in this year. James Shilts won the Silverking Lodge Special Prize, awarded to the angler that turned in the 32nd fish caught overall – in honor of Silverking Lodge’s 32 years in business. Ric Boyd’s 33.8 pound king finished in fourth place on the ladder, but since Ric is a Permanent License Holder and he caught that fish from a skiff of less than sixteen feet, Ric ended up on top of both of those categories.

Oscar and I hit the water Saturday, and as has been the case throughout the derby, we pulled a number of shakers up to the boat. Oscar got a fish on the ladder that day when he pulled in a 10.2 pound king. More than nine hundred fish were turned in over the three weekends, nearly 75 fish more than last year.

The king run will start to taper off over the next couple of weeks, but we’re already starting to see some coho come across the dock. As the early silvers and pinks start to show up, we’ll be on the water to bring you all the action on another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

Ketchikan Fishing Minute 06/08/2017

Welcome back to another Ketchikan Fishing Minute. Today we will look back on the first week of June, and the second weekend of the Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby.

For all the great weather we had on the derby’s opening weekend, we got exactly the opposite for week two. Temperatures barely cracked fifty degrees, we had nearly an inch of rain each day, and sustained winds between fifteen and twenty miles an hour. The blustery weather kept many locals off the water last weekend, including me, as I only got out for a few hours on Saturday morning. Once again, we brought a number of shakers up to our Clover Pass Resort yellow boat, but nothing of any size.

While the first weekend of the derby saw about 330 fish brought in over three days, we saw only about half that on the second weekend. One of those fish is now on top of the ladder however, as Chase Hanis brought in a 43.7 lb king on Sunday and eight other fish moved into the top thirty over the weekend as well. With a number of bigger fish showing up on the ladder, it appears as if the bulk of the run is making its way into our waters, and hopefully we will see a few more big fish brought in over the derby’s final two days this weekend.

The forecast looks great, with little rain expected on Saturday and Sunday and temperatures in the 60’s. I will be on the water looking for the big fish, and hopefully we’ll have some better footage next week on another Ketchikan Fishing Minute – brought to you by Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions!





Ketchikan Fishing Minute 06/01/2017

After a year long hiatus, we are back online with another Ketchikan fishing minute.

The 70th annual Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby kicked off on Memorial Day weekend, and we were blessed with spectacular weather, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures climbing over seventy degrees.

I left the dock with a couple of friends in one of the Clover Pass Resort Yellow Boats in time to catch the morning tide change. We fished from Pup Island up to the Tatoosh Rocks and back for most of the morning. While the tide was slack, we were getting strikes consistently. Unfortunately, most of those fish were too small to keep, just shakers in the 12″-18″ range.

Once the current started moving, the bite dropped off considerably. We kept at it however, and when the tide changed that afternoon, the bite picked up again. We pulled a few more shakers up to the boat, and our patience was rewarded when our sales manager brought in a 13.5 pound king salmon. While that fish isn’t going to win any prizes, it did turn out to be a white king, where the flesh lacks the reddish color that you expect from salmon. This occurs in about five percent of king salmon, due to the fish being unable to process the pigments in their food.



One fish that will qualify for a prize on the derby ladder was brought in by good friend of the lodge, J.B. Ruth. His 34.6 pound king is currently sitting in second place, but we have two more weekends to go and a lot of fishing in front of us.

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Overall, more than 800 anglers got on the water this opening weekend, with over 330 fish turned in at the four weigh stations in town. The largest fish so far has been a 37.1 pound chinook brought in by James Bellarosa. If that fish holds on to the top spot, James will walk away with $10,000 cash and two tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies!

Thanks to Jake and Eric at KPU for the great footage last weekend. We will get back on the water for more derby coverage, and give you an update on who’s on top of the ladder next week on another Ketchikan Fishing Minute!



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.


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.


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.