Ketchikan Fishing Minute 07/23/2015

Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been fishing from our 14′ Livingston skiffs near Clover Pass Resort, from Survey Point to Tatoosh Rocks. I was at it again Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Typically this is the time of year where fishing clearly turns into catching, but it seems as if the fish are a bit late this year. On Tuesday, we fished through the mid-morning tide, which is when the bite finally picked up. My buddy pulled in a decent coho while I landed three pink salmon. Since the morning bite was a bit light, I decided to fish the afternoon tide on Wednesday, but the results weren’t any better.

Guests at Clover Pass Resort were having much better luck to the southwest, particularly near Skin Island, off the coast of P.O.W. The forecast calls for a lot of rain over the next seven to ten days, so hopefully that gets the fish moving, and we will see the bite pick up closer to the lodge. I will be on the water a lot more over the next couple of weeks, including a charter with Captain Shane Klinger. Be sure to tune in next Thursday to see how that went on the next Ketchikan Fishing Minute.


  1. Hi, I am a repeat customer at SilverKing. My friends and I will be there the last week of September. What do you mean by “fishing the tide”? Is this a better method? Better time to fish? I’ve never heard that and am curious. Always looking for ways to improve the catch. Thank you. I love these video posts.

    • Hi Mike –

      When the tide reaches its high or low point, the current in the water begins to switch direction. For about an hour before and after the tide change, the current is “slack” or not moving with much force. When the tide is slack, salmon can move around a bit easier to hunt for bait fish, thus making it more likely that they will strike your bait.

      Thanks for tuning in to the videos! Let me know if you have any other questions!


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