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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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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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