FISHING SEASON UPDATES
End of Season Sept 5-12
What an amazing end to the season. Guests caught big silvers and the halibut came in all sizes. On Friday, the storm front moved hundreds of pinks into the stream. The forecast had been for a big storm on Friday but it didn’t have as much impact as feared. The storm front caused some bigger tides.
Lots of Silvers Aug 29-Sept 4
Aug 29, 2021
In like a lamb and out like a lamb, with a lion in the middle. The first three days of the week were sunny but calm. Thursday was stormy and Friday had rain and calm waters. Monday and Tuesday, our guests enjoy big silvers and plenty of them. Wednesday was slower as the salmon moved deeper before the storm on Thursday. On Friday fishing started to pick up again.
Lots of Silvers Aug 22-28
August 22, 2021
Runs can be tracked by paying attention to the ratio of females to males in the salmon catch. As the peak of the run approaches, the females make up 80% of the catch. During and just after the peak we see the very large males. All signs indicate the silver run is not over yet. We expect the run will peak within the next two weeks. This week, as a guest was setting the hook on a salmon, they lost their grip and the pole went overboard. About five minutes later they caught another fish … well they thought they did … and pulled up the pole. The fish was still on the hook. Later that evening they asked if they could buy the lucky pole and mount it with his fish at home.
On Wednesday a guest caught an octopus. It was a big one and filled the entire net, overflowing into the boat. When an octopus gets mad, it turns red and this one was not happy. After some consultation, they decided to return it back to the water and keep the good story and pictures.
Fishing was moderate during the first part of the week. The salmon are having an incredible year with lots of large silvers. By the end of the week, the catch was predominantly silvers, many that were nice fat ones. Thursday and Friday saw heavier catches in spite of rough water.
See you next time at our little bit of heaven we call Doc’s.
Pink Salmon Aug 15-21
Wettest week ever Aug 8-14
Great Halibut Fishing August 1-7
Calm winds, fair skies, and smooth waters - July 25- Aug 1
A little of everything - July 18-25
Fish are Jumping - July 10-17
I asked a guest how they would describe this week and they quickly responded, “It was perfect!”. But then again, a fishing vacation at Doc’s is always a perfect way to get away. This last week started with winds and ended with calm waters. As the skies cleared, the Fairweather range was mirrored on its glassy surface. There were lots of whales putting on shows and other critters sighted.
Fishing update - July 4-9
What a nice week it was this last week at Doc’s. We had several new members inducted into our 100# club. The big halibut are off to a great start and it looks like we will be adding many more new inductees as the season progresses. Salmon fishing has remained the same. We continue to see some nice silvers mixed in with the other species. There was plenty of reels singing as line was being stripped off.
The weather continues to be dry. After our wet spring, we are grateful to dry out a little. If it stays dry though, we will need to start watering the garden. Wildlife continue to put on a show. Large rafts of sea otters have been spotted in Icy Passage daily. Whales are in large abundance as usual. George, our bull sea lion, has not been seen this year. His replacement is still being named but is a regular already every evening. Wherever your summer plans take you, we hope you keep your lines tight and sails trimmed. Fish on!
Fishing update- June 27-July 3, 2021
The story of the week was wind! After a short-lived smooth start, the wind and waves were busy this last week. Despite having a bumpier ride, guests roamed the entire fishing grounds all week. As we leave the dock this morning, the waters have returned to their normal calm self and many are planning their next foray at Doc’s.
The salmon catch continues to exceed expectations. They are in early and in good quantities. We even had a few nice kings to add to the mix this last week. It appears that the actual returns are going to be stronger than the preseason forecasts. Halibut this week were medium to small in size. There were plenty that were nice and thick. The catch was spread out. Thank you all for another fantastic week at Doc’s. See you all again “reel” soon.
Fishing update- June 20-26, 2021
The 2021 season is finally underway! This week we had a real mix of weather and fish. Overall the group did well and they are planning their return to Doc’s.
The salmon are already in decent numbers. Guests caught pinks, chums, silvers, and reds this week. Some of them were exceptionally large for this time of year. We only saw a few kings. The halibut are looking strong again. We had several fish over 100 pounds and many smaller ones. In some areas there were a lot of juvenile fish. It looks like the future halibut will continue to be great.
We had a variety of weather this week. The week began with sunny days but then a storm came through late Wednesday and Thursday. The storm kept people close to home. Friday the fleet spread itself back over the entire fishing ground. It didn’t seem to matter though, the catch yielded many nice fish on all days.
Ready, set, fish on! See you “reel” soon at Doc’s. ~ Doc’s Crew
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- 2020 Season – Week 12 (September 6 – September 12, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Week 11 (August 30 – September 5, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Week 10 (August 23 – 29, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Week 9 (August 16 – 22, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Week 8 (August 9 – 15, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Week 7 (August 2 – 8, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Week 6 (July 26 – August 1, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Week 5 (July 19 – July 25, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Week 4 (July 12 – July 18, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Week 3 (July 5 – July 11, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Week 2 (June 28 – July 4, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Week 1 (June 21 – June 27, 2020)
- 2020 Season – Start to the Season
- 2019 Fishing Season
- 2018 Fishing Season
- 2017 Fishing Season
- 2016 Fishing Season
- 2015 Fishing Season
- 2014 Fishing Season
- 2013 Fishing Season
Fishing Update – 2020 End of Season
The 2020 season is in the history books. As we look back on the year, it has been remarkable. Early this spring we came in to remodel and complete Fairweather. The cabin turned out great and was completed before guests arrived. We were fortunate to complete many nice additions before things turned upside down by the pandemic.
As the season progressed we had some who were unable to make it because of virus concerns. Many were grateful of our 100% refund policy and most rolled their reservations to 2021 and 2022. This means that things are looking very robust for next year so give us a call sooner rather than later.
Those that did brave the travel and dealt with the restrictions were treated to our best halibut year ever. We easily ran through three years worth of 100# club pins. It was an amazing summer to fish for those large behemoths.
The salmon also came in larger numbers than anticipated thanks to the cooler and wetter weather.
Looking forward to next year, we are expecting good fishing, excellent catching, and many fond memories. Thank you all for making Doc’s that special place in all our hearts. As always, we hope to see you again “reel” soon on your next adventure.
Fair winds and tight lines,
The Doc Warner’s Crew