Clover Pass Resort

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.

Ketchikan Fishing Minute 08/06/2015

It seems that fish are finally moving closer to town. Typically when August arrives, we see pink salmon start to move into the streams, leaving mostly silvers out in the saltwater. This year has been unusual however, and it seems all of the species have been a bit late to get here. I had family in town this week, and was out on the water with them all day on Saturday and for most of Sunday morning. We headed south of Vallenar Bay to Grant Cove and the bite was on! Unfortunately, there wasn’t a coho to be found on Saturday, but we had our limit of pinks by 10:00 am.

When I was out on the charter last week, we were having much more success on the deeper trolls than the shallower lines, so I tried to copy that in the yellow boat this week. On Sunday however, my brother-in-law caught his first silver right on top of the water before we could even hook his line to the downrigger. After that, we pretty much retired the downriggers and started trolling with banana weights. We still caught our limit of pinks on sunday, but we also added three coho to the box.

I will be fishing from the Livingstons a couple of times over the next few days, so check back on Thursday for another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

 

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Ketchikan Fishing Minute – 07/30/15

I had photographer Barry Hill in town this week, and on Tuesday he and I joined Dennis and Bryce Keating of Southern California aboard Capt. Shane Klinger’s boat for a bumpy ride to the Pinnacle. At this time of year, you can expect the king run to be tapering off pretty dramatically, but right off the bat, we found ourselves in a school of chinook. This was the first trip to Alaska for Dennis and Bryce, and believe me, they will never forget this trip. They each landed a nice king salmon, with Dennis’ fish topping twenty five pounds and Bryce’s well over twenty. Our first three strikes were kings, and before the day was over, we added a bunch of silvers and a few pinks to our limit of chinook and halibut. For a charter with Shane Klinger, contact The Cedars Lodge.

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Barry and I hit the water near Clover Pass Resort on Wednesday. The fishing has remained light in that area, and we picked up one silver and two pinks that morning.

I have family coming into town this week, and I hope to get them out on the water a couple of times while they’re here. Check out the highlights of their first fishing trip to Alaska next Thursday on another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

 

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.

Ketchikan Fishing Minute 07/16/2015

 

Looking back on fishing in Ketchikan, Alaska for the second week of July. While I did not get a lot of time on the water this week, I was at Silverking Lodge all day on Friday. While there, Silverking guest Joe Bruski brought in a nice twenty pound king salmon. Later that afternoon, there were a couple of kings hanging on the board at Clover Pass Resort as well. It is nice to see Chinook still coming across the dock this late in the season.

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I heard this week was shark week, and I guess that carried over to Ketchikan too. My colleague and I fished from a Livingston on Monday morning for a couple of hours, and got into a swarm of sand sharks. We spent quite a bit of time changing leaders that day, as the sharks kept biting through our line. In the middle of all the shark activity however, I was able to bring a nice Chinook on board, a fish I estimated at about eighteen pounds. Wednesday, we didn’t have much luck at all. I don’t know if the bite got started late that day or if the sharks spooked the fish and they moved to another area. Since we were in the smaller boats, and I only had a couple of hours, we couldn’t hit multiple spots that morning. But the area near survey Point did not have a lot of action. In two and a half hours, the only fish we pulled in was a small, sea run cutthroat trout. Guests at Clover Pass Resort were running to Cammano Point that day and having much better luck. The McDowell family spent last week at CLover Pass Resort and left Ketchikan yesterday with four hundred and fourty four pounds of salmon and halibut between the four of them.

I will be at it again a couple times this week, and give you an update next Thursday. Be sure to tune in then for another Ketchikan Fishing Minute.

Ketchikan Fishing Minute July 9, 2015

A quick look back at the first week of July in Ketchikan, Alaska. Surprisingly, temperatures in Ketchikan reached nearly ninety degrees! Higher air temperatures raise the surface temperature of the water and drive the salmon into deeper waters. We fished from the 14′ Livingston skiffs that are offered by both Clover Pass Resort and Silverking Lodge this week. Because there are no downriggers on the skiffs, we used diving weights to get down to the fish. The weight will dive to a depth determined by trolling speed and the size of the weight.

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My boat landed two small coho on Sunday, but on Tuesday, we had two silvers and two pinks on board before 9:00 AM.

Rain is in the forecast for all of next week. Hopefully the precipitation will get the fish moving a bit, and we’ll see a lot more action. Be sure to check back next Thursday for a new Ketchikan Fishing Minute!

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions 2014 Roadshow!

If you’ve stayed with us before, at The Cedars Lodge, Clover Pass Resort, or at Silverking Lodge, be sure to drop by and say hello! It’s always nice to see a friendly face on the road! And if you’ve never stayed at an ASE Resort, drop by our booth, ask questions, learn about Alaska, and take advantage of our show specials – often the best deals of the year!

 

About ISE: For 36 years the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) events have presented America’s premier adventure-travel, hunting, fishing, shooting-sports, boat and camping products and services to outdoor enthusiasts at events held during the first quarter throughout the largest western United States markets. Each of the five ISE shows display from 300 to more than 600 leading resorts and lodges, outdoor-product manufacturers, boat dealers, regional and specialty retailers, hunting and fishing guides and outfitters, national and local conservation organizations, state and federal government agencies, and nonprofit groups. Current partnerships with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and American Fly Fishing Trade Association result in booths and show features that appeal to a wide audience, even as the ISE events help those leading nonprofit entities expand their membership count.

International Sportsmen’s Expositions’ reputation as the industry leader in hunting, fishing, and outdoor sports shows is based on our three-decade-long commitment to presenting a broad spectrum of outdoor recreational opportunities as honorable, quality and conservation-informed pursuits.

 

About OTS: O’Loughlin Trade Shows has over sixty years of experience producing events, including Sportsmen shows in Oregon and Washington. With a packed line-up of family-friendly attractions, new expert speakers and past crowd-pleasers, the Washington Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup, Washington and the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show in Portland, Oregon are sure to provide a great experience for you or the sportsman in your life. Dozens of experts will be onsite offering hundreds of hours of tips and advice on topics such as archery, elk bugling, fly fishing and double-handed spey casting, the latest in HD sonar, boating and navigation technology and more. It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality.

 

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About The Fred Hall Shows:  The Fred Hall Shows at the Long Beach Convention Center and the Del Mar Fairgrounds are California’s premier outdoor recreation shows, featuring the largest selection of the nation’s leading equipment manufacturers and outdoor destinations. Gigantic crowds of passionate outdoor enthusiasts make these shows their annual celebration of the great outdoors and the kickoff of the new season. Fishing tackle, boats, marine accessories, diving, shooting and hunting products and camping gear combine with hundreds of resorts, landings, lodges and outfitters that are ready to book your next outdoor adventure. There is nothing like the Fred Hall Show in Los Angeles and San Diego.

 

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About Exposure Shows: Over the past several years, ExpoSure Shows has developed three well-attended and widely promoted Sportsmen’s and Outdoor Recreation Shows covering southern Oregon. “We try to offer something for everyone,” said Joe Pate, president of ExpoSure, the producer of the Shows. “The great response to these shows is truly a reflection of the outdoor interests of the market. We try to bring the commonplace along with the unusual. This formula has worked very well over the past several years, and we are always trying to keep it a fresh, affordable and fun experience.”

 

2014 Show Dates

January 9-12: Cal Expo, State Fairgrounds – Sacramento, CA

January 16-19: Colorado Convention Center – Denver, CO

January 22-26: Puyallup Fair & Events Center – Puyallup, WA

January 31-February 2: Lane County Convention Center – Eugene, OR

February 5-9: Portland Expo Center – Portland, OR

February 14-16: Douglas County Fairgrounds – Roseburg, OR

February 21-23: Jackson County Expo – Medford, OR

February 28-March 2: Kern County Fairgrounds – Bakersfield, CA

March 5-9: Long Beach Convention Center – Long Beach, CA

March 13-16: South Towne Exposition Center – Sandy, UT: 

March 20-23: Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds – Spokane, WA

March 27-30: Del Mar Fairgrounds – Del Mar, CA

 

66th Annual Ketchikan King Salmon Derby Under Way!

The salmon season officially began this past weekend as the 66th Annual Ketchikan King Salmon Derby kicked off on Saturday. This year’s ladder totals more than $90,000 in prizes for participants, including the $10,000 grand prize for catching the largest king! Communities all over Alaska take great pride in their annual King Salmon derbies, and Ketchikan is no exception. This year’s derby starts, as usual, on Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27), then continues for the next two weekends in June (June 1-2 & 8-9). Michael Briggs caught the first fish of the derby on Saturday, a 28.3 lb king salmon. That fish tumbled down the leader board as the weekend progressed however, and Michael currently finds himself sitting in 8th place with two weekends left to fish. Ketchikan local Brian Thompson is the derby leader after the first weekend. His 40.0 lb king was weighed at Clover Pass Resort on Sunday morning. This fish would have finished in 2nd place had it been turned in last year. We will see if Brian can hold on to the top spot for two more weeks! Beyond the cash prize of $10,000 for winning this year’s derby, there are another thirty prizes available on the adult ladder, ten spots are up for grabs on the youth ladder, plus there are special prizes like hidden weights, largest fish caught from a skiff 16′ or smaller, permanent license holders, and more!! Adult tickets are only $35, and kids fish the derby for free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. For more information, visit the derby website or Facebook page!!

And don’t forget, derby participants can have their catch processed by Clover Pass Resort or The Cedars Lodge for FREE when they present their valid derby ticket.