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!