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 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 08/06/2015

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 July 2, 2015

 

As a new feature on our blog, we will be updating our followers on how the fishing has been in and around Ketchikan over the past week. This update covers the final week of June. Check back each Thursday for the latest news! Post your comments below if there is something specific you would like a future Fishing Minute to focus on!

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.