July 11-15, 2005
The week started with a bang. Lots of salmon, especially silvers.
After the fast start things settled down into a more normal pattern.
Still fishing was good all week as the 84.7 pounds per guest
data shows. Weather was somewhat of a factor with rain and some
wind. Fortunately, the winds are seldom as severe as forecast.
Halibut fishing was steady. Lots of smaller fish still in the
area but we saw a real resurgence in larger fish this week. Four
fish were over 100 pounds, the largest being 236 pounds. Two
were over 150 pounds. Those three fish made the 134-pounder seem
small. On one of the more windy days guests went up the inlet
and caught halibut in locations we had never fished before. There
is simply a lot we donâ€Tt understand about halibut
migration and feeding patterns.
No kings for the week and chum numbers dropped from 56 the previous
week to only 13 this week.
The pink run is enormous. They are stacking up along the beach
in front of the lodge and make for great fun after dinner with
light tackle and fly gear. They are also in most of the streams
along Home Shore and near the cannery. When the salmon are in
the streams the dollies are there too. Thus, the stream fishermen
caught lots of dollies while fishing the streams. Friday afternoon,
as far as you could see with the naked eye, there were pink salmon
jumping on their annual migration.
The silver catch jumped from 77 the previous week to 164 this
week. Also, the average size began to creep up with some fish
in the 12-14 pound range being brought to the dock. It didnâ€Tt
seem to matter where in the water column you fished you could
find silvers and pinks. On the cloudy days the fish were closer
to the surface and on sunny days they were a little deeper. The
populations are getting large enough now that drift fishing will
produce some nice catches.
Year to date the catches have remained remarkable stable from
week to week. Our staff is doing a great job of making the experience
the best ever. And the fish are giving their all.
Come see us soon.