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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 06/15/2017

Welcome back to another Ketchikan Fishing Minute. The 70th annual Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby wrapped up this past Sunday, and Chase Hanis held on through the third weekend to secure the top spot. His 43.7 pound king was caught early on day five, and that fish will net Chase a $10,000 check in addition to two tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.

Other notable names on the ladder include good friend of Clover Pass Resort, J.B. Ruth, who ended up with the third largest fish brought in this year. James Shilts won the Silverking Lodge Special Prize, awarded to the angler that turned in the 32nd fish caught overall – in honor of Silverking Lodge’s 32 years in business. Ric Boyd’s 33.8 pound king finished in fourth place on the ladder, but since Ric is a Permanent License Holder and he caught that fish from a skiff of less than sixteen feet, Ric ended up on top of both of those categories.

Oscar and I hit the water Saturday, and as has been the case throughout the derby, we pulled a number of shakers up to the boat. Oscar got a fish on the ladder that day when he pulled in a 10.2 pound king. More than nine hundred fish were turned in over the three weekends, nearly 75 fish more than last year.

The king run will start to taper off over the next couple of weeks, but we’re already starting to see some coho come across the dock. As the early silvers and pinks start to show up, we’ll be on the water to bring you all the action on 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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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 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!

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!