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Fishing in Bristol Bay

Just talked to a city friend about Fishing in Bristol Bay Alaska. He wants to go up and work on one of the commercial seiners for herring. We were talking about it and he tells me that he thinks that living in one of the small towns like “King Salmon” would be right up his alley. He grew up on the East Coast and currently lives in Washington DC. I just can’t see how this could work out well for him.

He has never fished commercially, and he has never lived in a small or even midsized town. He has no job lined up and just thinks he will fly out there and make it happen.

Any locals from the area want to chime in? I just think the idea is terrible.

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Fishing in the Chilkat River in Haines with low Salmon counts

This year was not a great year for Salmon Returns in Haines Alaska. Haines Alaska Fishing was hampered by a closer of the Chilkat River to King Salmon Fishing. Just when you thought it wasn’t going to get worse, the Chilkat River was extra high this year, the high water and high silt content made fishing even more difficult.

So what does it mean when the fishing is hard? Should you take your rod and lock it in the shed? Should all the Yukon fishermen stay in Canada? Of course not.

There are always places that the fish will be. Salmon are predictable, and even in the silty Chilkat there are areas where streams feed into the river and the water clears up. There are places where the current changes and the salmon will stack up, and most of all, there are places that you will catch fish.

With low salmon counts a personal moral question comes up: if don’t need to go meat fishing, should you take fish out of an already reduced spawning pool? Personally I don’t. When I know that I am not going to be keeping the fish I catch I use barbless hooks, and never fish with baits that will be taken deeply. Handling the fish properly also helps to ensure their survival. I always say, do NOT pull fish out of the water if you do not need to, and if you intend to release them.

Good luck next fishing season, whether you are fishing in the Chilkat River for Silver Salmon, or somewhere else, remember to conserve our resources and enjoy the time you spend on the water.

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Fishing in Petersburg Alaska for big Salmon and Halibut

I like to call it the Alaskan Double, King Salmon and Halibut on one trip out on the water. Fishing In Petersburg Alaska earlier this year I made it happen, although it was on accident.

While Trolling for King Salmon we had a few baits at different depths. One bait was running pretty deep and, as sometimes happens, a halibut came up off the bottom and took the herring. After finding the depth the fish were sitting at we were able to get a few nice Kings in the boat as well. We even ended up with one suprise Coho Salmon, they are usually not in the area at this time of year.

Petersburg Alaska is a very nice place to visit. It has a unique Scandinavian feel and is one of the most “Alaskan” small towns in Alaska.

City of Petersburg Alaska

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Bears in my fishing spot, 10 things to stay safe.

So I was targeting some Silver Salmon on the incoming tide the other day at a local river. The rivers I fish are also popular with bears, and there was signs of alot of bear activity in the area. It is important to follow some basic guidelines with fishing in an area popular with bears. I came up with my own list of 10 things I figure would be good to do, when fishing in a bear prone area.

1. Fish with friends. Bears are less likely to approach a group, more eyes mean better awareness, and a friend can help if a dangeous situation occurs.

2. Carry protection. Bear spray is a good deterrant, but I would not want to be in wild bear country without a firearm as well, just incase. Make sure it is a weapon with enough stopping power, this is not a time to carry a .22 or .30 pistol. Think BIG, shotgun with slugs, high power hunting rifles, large caliber high powered handguns.

3. CARRY the protection. A gun or can of spray in the car will do you no good in many situations, If you can not get to it within a second or two it may be too late.

4. Keep your area clean and keep your fish in the water or a closed airtight cooler. Bears have a great sense of smell. If you cut a gill and bleed your fish in a shady spot in the water or place it in an airtight cooler you are much less likely to put out the scent of FISH FEAST, which will attract area bears right to your spot.

5. Don’t leave open food containers lying around. This goes right along with #4, you should avoid doing things that will attract bears to your area.

6. Be aware of your surroundings. You don’t want a bear suprising you, and you do not want to suprise the bear. Use your eyes and ears, scan the shoreline in both directions, look on the other bank and watch and listen behind you.

7. Make Noise. Make noise, talk in a loud voice, sing songs, and be sure that bears know you are there. Many times a bear will avoid humans, but in the rush to fatten up for winter some bears in the fall will still come to a river to feed when people are present so be careful.

8. If a bear approaches your area from a distance, try to move (not run) away if you can. If a bear is close, STAND YOUR GROUND. Never run away from a bear, because running could provoke a bears hunting and chasing instinct. If a bear is a good distance off though, and coming in your general direction moving away at a normal pace can often avoid bad bear contact. Be sure to take your gear and fish with you. If you leave fish behind that bear may begin to associate fishing activity with an easy meal.

9. Never harrass or feed bears. This should go without saying but there are some idiots out there.

10. Stand your ground and protect yourself if necessary. If a bear is focused on you, exibits agressive behavior, or is otherwise posing a threat STAND YOUR GROUND. Talk to the bear in a calm voice. If a bear continues to approach your area and gets close this is a good time to use bear spray or fire a warning shot at the ground or water infront of the bear. 

Guns should never be used to make up for foolish behavior in bear country. If you have to defend yourself with a firearm from an agressive or charging bear, shoot at the vital areas just as you would if you were hunting, this means CHEST (Heart and Lung) shots. Be sure to take multiple shots… a wounded bear is even more dangerous, and this is not the time to 2nd guess yourself or to be shy.

Any bear killed in defense of life or property has to be reported to the proper authorities. In Alaska, they will make you take the bears skull and hide and turn it in. This is to prevent people from illegally hunting bears or profiting by taking the valuable skull and hide, while claiming it was self defense.

Bear contacts that require defense are rare. You should always try to avoid contact with a bear if possible. By following and practicing bear safety, you should be able to avoid ever having to shoot a bear in defense.

Stay Safe, Stay Aware, and Tight Lines.

Other Pages of Interest: Salmon Fishing Information Alaskan Fishing Page | How to Choose a Fishing Guide | Department of Fish and Game

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Silver Salmon Lure Selection

When fishing for Silver Salmon in Alaska’s rivers, lure selection can make a big difference. In many parts of Alaska spoons are one of the most popular lure options. Pixie/Pixee spoons are the most common. Blue Fox brand Pixee spoons come in a wide variety of colors.

From my experience silver and red as well as gold and red are the most productive patterns. That being said it is always a good idea to have a variety in the tackle box. A snap swivel will allow quick lure changes, darker colors are often more productive in cloudy water, and if visability is really low, rattling spoons can also do well.

Another popular choice is spinners. Small spinners such as Rooster Tail’s or Vibrax can be very productive.

Finally, but certainly not least is Flies. Fly Fishing can be very productive for Silvers. Bright Flies, in shades of red an orange do well, as do pinks. Be sure that you are fishing sinking flies as surface strikes from spawning salmon are rare.

I hope that you get a chance to get out on a river this season while the Coho are still running. Enjoy your time.

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Learn the Basics of Alaska Fishing

So I have had a few friends ask me some entry level stuff about fishing in the Great AK. As a service to my non-existant readers I figured that I would give you guys a link to a great site that I found.

Salmon Fishing, Halibut Fishing, How to Pick out a Fishing Guide, Its all Covered. There are also individual pages on the five different species of Salmon that swim in Alaska.

There are small informative sections that talk about what baits to use and what techniques work best.

Here is the site: AK Fishing

I hope that it helps you learn some new things.

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