Light drizzly rain yesterday and today, not enough to change the flow gage, but in the right direction! Slight bump from 140 CFS to 150 this morning. Still very low, but floatable. The overcast is the good news though. We had a couple sunny days that turned the bite off, but most people didn’t have any trouble hooking up. Who am I kidding… What people? This place is a ghost town right now!
Three guys left a couple days ago. They said the last three days of their trip, they did not see a single other fisherman. There are a couple guys here while their wives are doing work for either the city or the tribe and they are out fishing somewhere. Not much else. The river is devoid of fishermen and there are fish everywhere. Including fresh ones at the lower end. The guys said they floated out and the fresh fish were still stacked up below the weir.
Water temp spiked to 58 degrees a few days ago, but is now back down to 50. That has put a lot more fish on redds, but still not the majority. We have another excellent fishing weekend coming up with rain and overcast throughout, no one here and a ton of steelhead. It would be nice to see one more shot of people taking advantage of this run. I know Yakutat Lodge is completely empty right now, along with Glacier Bear, Leonard’s and everyone else.
Reports of sockeye jumping already out in the bay and at least one ball of them came into the Situk. I hope this bodes well for a good strong run, especially after last year’s struggle. Fish and Game will start the season with a king salmon closure again, till they start to see how many fish are coming back. My guess is that they will keep it closed to targeting kings this season. But as always, it is still open in the bay, as well as in the Akwe and East Rivers.
Halibut has been hit and miss, depending on how far people were able to go out. Once that sunny westerly kicks up, it is hard to be out there in the wide bay. A few kings are being caught. Talked to a commercial fisherman who landed 6 one day and 5 the next.
Transitioning to the salmon part of the season now, even though we are still within the peak weeks of steelhead on the Situk.