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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 06/15/2017

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 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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