Lingcod season opens for more fishing fun
Two out-of-state anglers hit the halibut derby jackpot during the Fourth of July weekend, winning the first and second place weekly prizes.
Richard Hanson of Haslett, Michigan reeled in a 145.6 pound halibut from aboard the “Dawn Treader,” winning himself a derby winner jacket and t-shirt, a night’s stay at Eagle’s Rest cabins and a fishing charter from Aurora Charters. Joseph Adamy of Roslyn, Washington brought in a 126 pound halibut July 1, he caught from the “Bold Eagle.” Prizes for each week of the derby can be found at www.valdezfishderbies.com .
In addition to winning the weekly first place prize, Hanson’s 145.6 pound halibut is also in third place in the overall standings for the halibut derby, behind Laurie Deakin’s 158 pound halibut and the leading 208.6 pound fish caught by Jeff Johnson of North Pole.
According the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, halibut angling has been good to excellent in most areas throughout the Sound. Anglers have been consistently limiting out on small-medium fish by heading to the southern regions of the sound between Knight, LaTouche, and Montague. Lingcod fishing opened last week and many anglers reported good catches throughout the Sound. Large jigs fished 10 feet off the bottom near and on top of steep rocky ridges and reefs work quite well for lingcod. Some hatchery king salmon have been seen near the Old Town site in Valdez.
Pink salmon should be trickling into the Allison Point vicinity. Look for this fishery to ramp up over the next few weeks.
The Kids Pink Salmon Derby is set for Saturday, July 20. The Kids Derby is open to children age 5 to 16 and there is no fee to enter. Kids just need to weigh-in a pink salmon at the Valdez Fish Derbies weigh-in station Saturday, July 20 to get a t-shirt and have a chance of winning one of the top three spots in their age division. A free family barbeque and awards will follow the day of fishing. The first 300 kids to stop by the weigh-in will get a free t-shirt courtesy of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and the Valdez Fish Derbies. The Silver Salmon Derby also starts that day. The Women’s Derby is August 9-10.