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2017 FISHING REPORT

Wild Ketchikan Alaska Salmon

Wild Alaska Salmon

Sport fishing for king salmon has reopened in Southeast Alaska marine waters as of October 1, 2017. The following regulations are now in effect (Read more…)


2015 SOUTHEAST ALASKA FISHING REPORT: JEFF’S 2016 FISHING FORECAST

By Jeffrey Wedekind on March 8, 2016
2016 Alaska Fish Report

Fishing in Southeast Alaska

2015 was the year of the King salmon in Ketchikan, Alaska. The return of our local Chinook in June was above average with most of the kings in the 15-25 lb range. The fishing started out hot in early June and continued on a typical up and down pattern throughout the month. Beautiful weather in May and June helped. The hot spots on any given day were Survey Point, Vallenar Bay, Caamano Point, Grant Cove and Nelson Cove. As usual we had the most success fishing a whole herring doing a slow barrel roll. Read more…


2014 KETCHIKAN, ALASKA FISHING REPORT

By Jeffrey Wedekind on December 2, 2014
Jeff Wedekind

Captain Jeff and a Nice King!

The 2014 fishing season in Ketchikan, Alaska proved to be another great summer for anglers seeking salmon and halibut. The King (Chinook) salmon fishing started out slow in May and early June but by mid June fishing started to pick up and we saw a lot of nice kings through the whole month of July with peak catches recorded in late June – early July. Read more…


HOW TO CATCH MORE SALMON

By Jeffrey Wedekind on December 12, 2014
Alaska salmon fishing

Fish First!

I am often asked, “What can I do to catch more salmon”? The simplest and often most accurate answer is, fish where the salmon are. Or more precisely, fish in a school of salmon. Read more…


FRESH WATER FISHING IN KETCHIKAN, ALASKA

By Jeffrey Wedekind on December 11, 2014
Ward Lake – Ketchikan, Alaska

Ward Lake – Ketchikan

While Chinook Shores Lodge offers some of the calmest salt water fishing around, people often ask us “Where can I fly fish in Ketchikan?” or “Where can I fresh water fish in Ketchikan?”  The two fresh water fishing spots nearest Chinook Shores Lodge are Ward Lake and the Naha River National Recreation Trail. Read more…


THE BEST TIMES TO FISH IN KETCHIKAN

By  on March 11, 2011
Ketchikan King Salmon

Salmon Derby Winner

The most common question I get asked is, “When’s the best time to come fishing in Alaska?” My answer is always, “Anytime from June through September… it just depends on what kind of fish you want to catch and where you want to fish.”  Read more…


SELECTING AND BRINING HERRING FOR ALASKA SALMON FISHING

By Jeff Wedekind on February 11, 2011
Cut Plug Herring

Cut Plug Herring

One of the most common and effective ways to fish salmon is using a cut plug herring. Why a cut plug? – Simply because it’s easy to get a good spin, you can change the spin with the cut angle, it’s easy to rig, and it works well for both trolling and mooching. I have tried all the “latest gadgets” and new fads over the last 30 years while salmon fishing, but I always go back to a cut herring.  Read more…


HOW’S THE HALIBUT FISHING IN KETCHIKAN?

By  on December 10, 2014
Unguided Halibut Fishing

Unguided Halibut Fishing

From mid June through August halibut fishing is pretty good to excellent in Ketchikan.  I can only think of a few days in recent years that we targeted halibut and did not catch our limit while I was guiding. Some of those days were due to weather and some were due to the maximum size limit imposed on guided anglers in Southeast Alaska.  For instance one day on my charter boat four anglers ended up keeping only three legal halibut (under 43″) but we released four halibut between 70 lb and 120 lb.  Read more…


HOW TO CUT & RIG A HERRING

By Jeff Wedekind on March 10, 2011
Cut and Rig a Herring for Salmon Fishing

Cut and Rig a Herring for Salmon Fishing

If you want to catch salmon in Southeast Alaska, follow these simple steps to cut and rig a plugged herring. This rig works well for Mooching or Trolling and will catch salmon, halibut, rockfish…pretty much anything that feeds on herring.  So it won’t catch a Sockeye salmon as they feed on krill.

It is important to handle the herring very delicately while rigging it.

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