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* -Chinook Limit Increased in SE Alaska

Posted on April 2nd, 2009 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

The State of Alaska announced this week a Chinook abundance index of 1.33, which translates to a 3 fish limit for non-residents for the ENTIRE SUMMER!  Ocean conditions have improved drastically and it appears as though our chinook fishery will begin to rebound in Craig, Alaska.  With this good news and the promise of our first return of hatchery Chinook back to St. Nicholas this summer we all have high expectations for some great king salmon fishing.

Another welcome surprise is the addition of a trophy ling cod over 55 inches to our anglers bag limit.  Many of you have caught giant ling cod with us over the years, only to sadly watch them drift off into the depths after a quick picture.  Once particular ling cod that comes to mind was caught by Lester Surgener a few years back…it ate a 37″ long ling cod that Lester had hooked!!  This summer you’ll be able to keep one of those goliaths as part of your single ling cod possession limit.  The yelloweye limits will remain the same at two per season for non residents and silver salmon will remain at six per day.

The only bit of discouraging news we’ve recieved is that NOAA will likely announce a one fish halibut limit for all of Southeast Alaska for 2009 and beyond.  The battle has been long and hard on this topic and all we can say at this point is that “you just never know”.  We’re prepared for a one fish limit and understand that Craig, Alaska is still one of the best saltwater fishing destinations on earth.  With fishery closures all along the West Coast there are few places that offer as much opportunity as Craig!

We still have a few primo dates open, notably two seats June 22-26, two seats June 30-July 4, and two seats July 20-24.

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