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

By Valdez Fish Derbies
For the Star 

Ling cod a bonus during Halibut Derby season

Trophy fish caught during great day of angling for flat fish


Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

Opening day for ling cod in Prince William Sound was kind to Marlin Gogowich of Stoney Plain, Canada. Gogowich reeled in a trophy size 57.4 pound ling cod Wednesday.

The first of July was a wonderful day of fishing for Marlin Gogowich of Stoney Plain, Canada.

Gogowich reeled in a trophy-size ling cod weighing 57.4 pounds on the opening day for ling cod in Prince William Sound. He followed it up by bringing in a 135.4 pound halibut. Gogowich says he goes fishing in Valdez with a group of men, all from Canada, every year and this was a most memorable trip. He also took first place in Week 6 of the halibut derby.

Gogowich's halibut was big, but not enough to get him into the overall standings. Currently Scott Widdison of Meridian, Idaho is leading the derby with a 194.2 pound flatfish he caught June 22 from aboard the "Jaime Lynn." Jeffrey Group of Berlin, is currently in second place with a 170.2 pound halibut and Daniel Bryant Jr. of Palmer is in third place with a 150.8 pound halibut caught June 21.

According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the west side of Montague Island is seeing a lot of angler traffic for halibut. Success can be found in this area, but hot spots further up in the sound near Green and Night Islands are doing better. Latouche and southern and northern ends of Montague are good bets also. The gulf side of Hichinbrook Island is also doing well on halibut and pelagic rockfish according to ADF&G. Ling cod anglers are allowed to have one fish per day and one in possession. Ling cod must be at least 35 inches long.

Donovan Kelly and Pat Olson are both fish filleters at the Valdez harbor and both said they had filleted several pink salmon from Allison Point.

Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

Marlin Gogowich of Stoney Plain, Canada reeled in this beauty on the same day he caught a trophy-sized ling cod.

Allison Point was a popular place for pink salmon fishing during the Fourth of July weekend and the action was great. According to the Valdez Hatchery 17.5 million pink salmon are slated to return to Port Valdez this year. There should still be plenty left to catch when the Kids Pink Salmon Derby rolls around Saturday, July 18. 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 19 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 200 kids to stop by the weigh-in will get a free t-shirt courtesy of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and the Valdez Fish Derbies.


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