"Good time for son's first catch"
Geoff from Dillon, CO
July 16, 2001
The Coho Salmon are here!
The Spawner King Salmon run is pretty much over. We are now starting to target the Feeder King Salmon. They are smaller than the Spawners, but just as fiesty and fun to catch. The minimum size limit of 28 inches is hard to reach this early in July, but they are growing fast as they feed on the abundant herring found in this area. Keepers can be found, but as the summer progresses, more will be caught.
The Coho Salmon have made an early apperance in the Juneau area. I heard of a huge school that was headed this way about a week ago and they have made it to the waters around Juneau. They are running in the 8 pound range, but like King Salmon, they will grow as the summer progresses and reach 15 - 20 pounds later in the summer.
Halibut fishing continues to improve. As the salmon move up the rivers, the Halibut move in too. I look for Halibut fishing catch rates to continue to improve as the summer goes by.
The Humpback whales are everywhere this time of year. You can see them during a fishing trip or you can take a sightseeing cruise and spend time just watching whales. The are awesome and I never get tired of watching them. We ran into a huge pod of Killer Whales while in Icy Straight last week - awesome!!