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* Revving Up the P.O.W.H.A.!

Posted on January 30th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The POWHA, or the Prince of Wales Hatchery Association, is the salmon hatchery located on the Klawock River near the small town of Klawock on Prince of Wales Island. This hatchery produces an astounding 5 million coho and 300,000 Chinook annually which makes it the largest sport-producing hatchery in the State of Alaska. The POWHA is largely funded by sportfishing interests.

Unlike most hatcheries that are operated by a State or Federal agency the POWHA is a non-profit 401C corporation that derives all of its operational income from state loans, cost recovery, and contributions. A small group of individuals in the Craig/Klawock area work their tails off to keep this hatchery operational every year and the economic impact this one privately-operated hatchery has in Southeast Alaska is astounding.

Here’s some statistics that may surprise you:

-Alaska Department of Fish and Game attributes 30% of all coho’s caught in Southeast Alaska in 2013 to the POWHA

-90% of all the coho caught in the Craig area by both sport and commercial fisherman are from the POWHA

The POWHA had very inconsistent coho returns until the board of directors decided in 2009 to make a change of management and staff. They brought in an experienced hatchery manager with a history of turning hatcheries around and they also implemented a Chinook program which now contributes to an early season king salmon run in the Craig/Klawock area. The huge coho run of 2013 was a direct result of these changes in leadership and hatchery management.

The POWHA needs your help though. State loans and cost recovery only bring in a portion of the income needed to keep the POWHA up and running. Money from derby ticket sales, the yearly Craig/Klawock Salmon Derby banquet, and direct contributions are needed to provide the additional funds necessary to keep the lights on at this vitally important hatchery.

If we want to keep the POWHA operating and continue to see spectacular fishing in the Craig/Klawock area we’ve got to step up. Funds are running short and there’s a chance the POWHA will have to close it’s spillway and quit planting salmon altogether.

We’re going to be asking all of our guests in 2014 to purchase derby tickets that help fund the POWHA. Tickets are $35 per person and there’s a May/June derby and  July/August derby. First place in either derby pays out $2,000, second place $1,000, and third place $500. Your derby ticket also enters you to win the jackpot of $10,000 at the annual Craig/Klawock Salmon Derby raffle at the end of summer. Best of all…you don’t need to be present to win. That jackpot would buy a lot of fishing trips!

It seems like every summer one of our guests catches a king salmon that would qualify for some cashola in the Craig/Klawock Salmon Derby, yet we haven’t done a good job of informing our guests of the derby tickets. Placing in the derby is definitely fun, but the real fun is knowing that your donation will help keep the POWHA operational so you can enjoy excellent fishing in the Craig/Klawock area for years to come.

If you’d like to make a direct donation to the POWHA please call 907-755-2231 or purchase your 2014 derby ticket when you see us this summer. Thanks a bunch everyone and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
888-943-4746

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* 2013 King Salmon Limits Announced

Posted on April 5th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The Alaska Department of Fish and Game just announced the king salmon limits for recreational fishing in Southeast Alaska. Here’s how the recreational limits play out for non-resident anglers fishing in Southeast Alaska in 2013:

January 1- June 30 – Nonresident’s harvest limit is three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length;

July 1 – July 15 – Nonresident’s harvest limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from January 1 through June 30 will apply toward the two fish harvest limit.

July 16 – December 31 – Nonresident’s harvest limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from January 1 through July 15 will apply toward the one fish harvest limit.

I’ve always been one to let all of our customers know what the limits are before they arrive in Alaska so they aren’t greeted with a big “surprise” when they step off the plane. It’s just good business if you ask me.

We’re experiencing a decrease in the king salmon limits this year because the Chinook Abundance Index, which is the barometer used to gauge the king salmon runs in Southeast Alaska, came in at 1.20. We’ve seen the index go as high as 1.69 in 2011 and as low as 1.07 in 2008. When the index hit’s a certain level it automatically triggers a set of recreational limits as set forth in the Salmon Treaty between the U.S. and Canada.

Even on years when the abundance index has been very low we’ve still experienced spectacular king salmon fishing in the waters around Craig, Alaska. I’m always a “glass half full” kind of guy and I see this as a great opportunity to harvest a nice king salmon in late July and early August when the big boys are around. Heck, you’ll probably get to catch and release a few other king salmon in between hooking silvers, halibut, ling cod, bottomfish, and all the other fish that you might catch with us on your trip.

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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