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    I am going to be in Sitka for the first week of August. Last time we were there we saw folks fishing off the shore for (i think they were pinks). I hear pinks are good for smoking...

    I was wondering if there was a public place where you could use a fly rod, or spinning rod and catch a few salmon from the shoreline. BTW...what kind of salmon would be around that time of year, and can you harvest them or is it all catch release?? Thanks!

    If this is a possibility, could someone recommend a rod/reel/lure set-up that I could bring with me, or buy/rent up there?? Thanks

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    nasty nasty pinks. There will be them and a few early coho's around.

    You can fish at the mouth of the rivers and do well.

    But if it were me I'd do a charter, spend a few bucks and catch a few good eating fish instead of the pinks. Guess I'm spoiled

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    Pinks are great eating under 2 conditions

    1) They are dime bright (and I mean bright)
    2) You haven't eaten in weeks
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    thanks guys for the info...i am doing a charter while i am there, but wanted a little more time for fishing. i am addicted...like most guys/gals!!

    are the pinks really that bad if you use them primarily for smoking? i hear they are not that good otherwise??

    what kind of setup and gear would you use and how many can you keep?
    thanks

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    Stargavin or Indian River is where we used to do some wading or bank fishing back in the 70's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wndshr View Post
    are the pinks really that bad if you use them primarily for smoking? i hear they are not that good otherwise??
    This pink would grill up ok and smoke fine, anything brighter will grill up great. Anything darker probably won't be much good. Pinks like this one aren't bad at all, much much better than halibut.


    Seriously bright humpies taste about the same as cohos, a bit milder, but that never stopped anyone from eating halibut.
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    much better then halibut........... cough cough LOL! Maybe cook that fish up and call pizza hut while you're waiting. Throw away both and eat the box the pizza comes in

    Becareful on those rivers, stargaven and indian river and sawmill. I know the first two you cannot fish to far up into the fresh water at all. Read your regs here. I've never fished sawmill so cannot tell you anything about it.

    There is some decent dolly fishing in the area. Indian river in particular. They are not very big but still fun.

    Heck you should be able to fish near the hatchery in town and do fine.

    Who are you going out with on the charter? Getting up at 4-430, eating breakfast to get on the boat at 6, back at the docks at 4 or so, off to dinner a shower, makes for a long day. Well atleast for me as a skipper, by the time the boat is cleaned up and ready for tomorrow I'm usually home somewhere between 6 and 7, ready to eat shower and go to bed.


    There are pinks to be had at whale point park. If you're fishing at Kingfisher it's right down the hill.

    But like I said, nasty nasty pinks. stinky nasty disgusting pinks...........

    Really I wouldnt smoke them but they would be ok for salmon patties or smoked salmon dip. For smoking I prefer a higher fat content fish like kings or reds. Like I said though I'm a bit spoiled. It's gotten to the point I really dont care for silvers anymore unless they are fresh caught. Seems that frozen coho's get a bit mushy.

    I might add though, most canned salmon you buy is pinks. As picky as I am (and I dont care for canned salmon to begin with), I was hard pressed to find the difference between kings, reds, or p inks all dime bright in a can all done up the same way. Color, texture and taste were all the same. DISGUSTING

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