June 4 , 2006
The first two weeks of the season have been comparable in weight of catches. The average weight of fillets per guest was 61.2 pounds for this week.
Both the king salmon and halibut numbers increased. With more herring showing in the area we expected the schools of halibut to arrive shortly and they have arrived. Lots of smaller fish, which is typical for this time of year, and several fish in the 60-pound and 70-pound range. The largest for the week was 75 pounds. The average number of halibut caught-per-guest, including fish that were released, increase from 12.3 fish last week to 27.5 this week.
We landed 10 king salmon for the week. They ranged in weight from 15 pounds to 35.5 pounds. The kings are much larger than last year. The commercial catch in Cross Sound is not strong and we hope this is just an indication of a later run. The catch may have been higher but the weather turned sunny and warm and the guest headed for the calm waters on the halibut fishing grounds. The last two days were better for sun-tanning than fishing. The water temperatures were running about 4 degrees colder than a year ago, which should slow the king migration slightly. We expect the king harvest to be even better next week.
We caught our first chum of the summer and our first sockeye. We also saw several chums jumping so that run will be upon us shortly.