July 4 - July 8, 2005
Fishing is good. The salmon runs continue strong, especially
for pinks and silvers. Halibut fishing is still providing lots
of fish though none in the 100+ range were landed this week.
When we listened to the fish stories around the dinner table
it was obvious that the big fish are still there, and they won
the tug-of-war with our guests this past week. Catch numbers
were down from the previous weeks but that is more an indication
of the interests of our guests. We had several large groups where
grandpa brought family members and they enjoyed not only the
fishing, but sight-seeing, hiking, boating, and lots of other
non-fish-catching recreation. The youth and parents were delightful
and we look forward to more groups such as this.
The halibut catch was down and this is easily accounted for
because of less time actually spent fishing for halibut and tides
a little higher than usual. Still, our guests caught lots of
fish, with regular catches in the 40-pound to 80-pound range.
Only one king was caught and that catch was made on a halibut
set-up. The run is gone and never did turn out as large as forecast.
The chum catch jumped for 37 the previous week to 56 this week.
The daily catches were up and fishing pressure was down which
suggests that the chum run is arriving a little late. The herring
are here in large numbers so there is plenty of feed for all
A few red salmon arrived in Neva Creek this past week. Fly fishermen
were able to land a few though most were foul-hooked and had
to be released. In freshwater all fish must be hooked in the
mouth before they can be kept. Andy, our local Fish & Game
Officer was video taping some people from the cannery as they
tried to snag fish. Not a good was to spend your money when Andy
pays you a visit.
The pink run is big! They are jumping everywhere. Schools are
around and under the dock at the lodge. Their soft mouths and
fighting habits result in lots of pinks that are hooked and never
landed. Never-the-less the catches are fun. Boats were nearly
limiting on pinks in a couple of hours fishing before breakfast.
The silvers are also in here in large numbers. The average size
is in the 8-pound range, and we did have a 15-pounder taken last
week. The most success for silvers came in the log-dump/grey
cabin area. Some guests added a second 4-oz weight to get deeper,
below the pinks, and they claimed it worked. They did have good
catches of silvers to back up their claims.
The weather continues to be favorable with moderate temperatures
and only occasional windy days. We are in typical summer weather
patterns for southeast Alaska. Mostly cloudy, some rain, and
light and variable winds.