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 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 – 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 – 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.