Salmon fishing, Halibut fishing

by ryno on October 20, 2011

The commercial winter king salmon fishery opened the other day, and I have heard some reasonable reports.  A few of the boats I talked to reported catches of 21, 17, and 14 Kings.  Also heard that Clay went sportfishing and landed 5 on the day.  These are encouraging numbers as these feeder kings become our May/June fish for the next years.  King salmon fishing in Ketchikan certainly picked up this year with lower rod-hours to catch the sometimes elusive King.  For those following our reports, we will be offering our May special again.  4 hour charter, $125/person, 4 person minimum when paid in full.  Our king fishing in May can be very good on certain days, but usually is not quite as hot as June.  We like to get the season kicked off and offer those coming in on an early cruise the chance to chase down a King salmon.  May typically has lower numbers, but produces some very big fish!

I am waiting on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to get me a report of charter halibut landings in the Ketchikan area.  Known as area 2C, or Southeast Alaska, the federal government punished charter fishing clients this year.  By limiting our guests to 1 fish with a maximum size of 37″, they hoped to have our total catch be 788,000 lbs.  Even if all the halibut kept were the maximum size (about 22lbs), we would have had to harvest 35,818 fish.  A 15lb average is probably closer to reality, and that would mean 52,533 fish for our area.  I will put a report up as soon as I recieve the info.  We did have some great halibut trips this year, and most people were content with a 37″ fish.  We did lose a lot of business from those looking to “pay” for their trip with fish in the freezer.

For those looking for a great trip on some of the fastest, safest boats, and with a Captain that enjoys the day as much as them, we thank you! The three of us that work together as Ketchikan Fish Co. had some great groups this year, and had a lot of fun.  We had excellent fishing when the weather allowed.  I had a few groups that toughed out the wind and driving rain to try their hand at catching a salmon or halibut.  At the end of the day, loaded with fish, all that some could say is “see you next year…and could ya order some better weather!?”  You never know what kind of weather Ketchikan will throw your way!

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