The Cedars Lodge

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.

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!

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.