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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 06/22/17

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 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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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