I have been swamped this summer and have not been very steady with fishing reports from Seward. Here is what I know right now...
Silvers - it has been fairly slow both in the bay and in the ocean this weekend. The fish are there but the tides are very small and there is just not much current to get the salmon excited. I would expect to see significant improvment in fishing next weekend. My boats have marked and caught salmon in the last four days at Pony Cove, Chat Cove ( in Ailiak) Cheval Narrows, Callsito head, Fox Island, Mary's Bay, Driftwood Bay( Day Harbor), Pinnicale Rock ( Johnstone Bay). So it is safe to say that Salmon are in the usual places. none in great numbers but enough to bring some fish home for dinner. They are feeding on Herring instead of the usualy needle fish ( I speculate that the water is still too cold for needle fish) So ....The fish are responding to larger baits like green tray herring or the 4" herring flavored swim baits like Berkely Gulp. I would troll larger spoons over hootchies if I were trolling. I have been mooching them up from about 30' to the surface.
Halibut fishing has been pretty tough for most during the last week due to the small tides and crappy timing that allowed for a big slack right in the middle of the fishing day. My boats have been catching them all along the coast. I have been fishing deep now, like I always do after Montague gets infested with dog fish...Which I am sad to report has happened during the last two days. They may back off during the next big tide set but it usually marks the begining of the end of that great fishery when the doggies show up.
The near shore halibut fishing has been better this year than the last few. Fishing the 50 fathom edge at Fairfield, Junken or Cloudy Cape to the West should be good enough to fill freezers for the winter.
Of all the fish we have killed over the last 15 years in Seward, the Lingcod have taken the worst beating. Most of the productive reefs are not holding the big bucket heads they used to. There are some keepers to be had and when everything comes together, some good catches have come in but it is far from the automatic, all rods bent, WFO lingcod we had just five or six years ago. I hope that Fish and Game puts in some measures to allow for those stocks to rebuild. They grow fairly quickly, reaching maturity in five years. All it would like is a little shorter season and a one fish bag limit along the whole Gulf to allow these fish to come back to where they were ten years ago.
Anyway thats what I know from Seward. I will do another report just before the salmon derby.
Good luck to you and