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 08/20/2015

 

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 07/23/2015

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.