The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Valdez Fish Derbies
For the Star 

Silver salmon season is officially here

Anglers catch Cohos among the humpies pouring into port


While the kids were slaying the pink salmon Saturday, halibut fishing in Valdez hit a high point with two anglers breaking into the overall standings. Jeff Maurer of Elysburg, Penn. caught a 171.4 pound halibut Thursday from aboard the Dawn Treader to hop into second place. Mark Clark of Sutton is now in third place overall with a 163.8 pound halibut he caught July the same day from the Dan Orion.

Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

Andrew Freerksen of Everson, Penn. Weighed in the first silver salmon in the derby, topping the leaderboard despite its diminutive weight of 5.86 pounds.

Halibut fishing continues to be consistent, with larger fish coming from ocean entrances according to reports from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Ling Cod season is open and many are arriving to Port Valdez.

"...jigs fished 10 feet off the bottom near and on top of steep rocky ridges and reefs work quite well for lingcod," ADF&G suggested.


The silver salmon derby started Saturday and among the string of pink salmon caught by anglers young and old were bright silvers.

Andrew Freerksen of Everson, Penn. caught the first silver salmon of the year and currently in the top spot on the leader board. Freerksen caught a 5.86 pound silver.


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