June 20 - 24, 2005
The early part of the week continued the strong catch from late
the previous week. The catch peaked on Wednesday, then dropped
the last two days of the week. Weather was nice most of the week
and the tides were high.
Guests caught halibut over 100 pounds on four of the five fishing
days. Some areas continue to have large numbers of smaller halibut.
The fish seemed to be more spread out than on previous weeks.
The number of guests was down about 20% and the total halibut
catch dropped by 26%. Probably not a significant dropped when
tides conditions are factored in.
Kings, silvers, and chums all decreased in catch numbers late
in the week. The total king catch is still our highest ever with
a total of 79 fish during the month of June. The king catch in
the outside waters continues strong and no kings have shown up
at the hatchery in Juneau as of this weekend. Both factors seemed
to indicate that much of the king run has not come in and is
late this year.
The silver catch was good early in the week, but dropped to
just two fish on Friday. Catch numbers still indicate this will
be a good silver year.
The chum catch has been far below the last couple of years thus
far into this season.
Pink salmon numbers were a bright spot in this past weeks fishing.
Large numbers were present in the log dump area and many were
seen jumping throughout the fishing area.
On Thursday large numbers of small herring were present in Excursion
Inlet, along Home Shore , and near the Green Buoy. This is the
first significant showing of bait fish this year and returning
bait fish schools are usually associated with runs of both migratory
halibut and pre-spawning salmon. The big fish follow their food
The biggest thrill of the week was for Eddie Ito. At age 80
he landed a 111 pound halibut.