...or my grumpy Saturday morning
I checked the ADF&G site about the commercial Sockeye fishery yesterday around 2:00 and the only update was from May 27th. You see I woke up super early on Friday to fish the reds before work (even though it was a low tide...) only to find the river mouth corked up by seiners. Well it's supposed to be a M-F fishery, so I figured I'd give it a shot today (Saturday) before work and crawled out of bed super early again. It was nice to see only 4 people out there but not so nice to see a seiner! One boat had the whole mouth blocked and there was another one out there waiting their turn.
I checked the website again today and heres the update posted Friday at 4:00 PM:
"In the Eastern District, LCI Emergency Order #4-09 liberalizes the weekly fishing period for hatchery seining in marine waters of the Bear Lake Special Harvest Area (SHA) in Resurrection Bay to seven days per week, effective at 10:00 p.m. Friday, June 5, until further notice. All waters along the west shore of Resurrection Bay west of a line from the old military dock pilings north of Caines Head to an ADF&G regulatory marker near the Seward Airport continue to remain closed to all seining. In addition, the airport marker represents one of two markers delineating the Resurrection River mouth, and fishing is allowed up to these markers during open fishing periods. Hatchery seiners are also reminded that, by regulation, Chinook salmon may not be taken in any waters of Resurrection Bay since this species is allocated to the recreational fishery. The reported hatchery seine harvest in waters of Resurrection Bay stands at nearly 40,000 sockeyes through June 4, with a value representing one-third of the 2009 Trail Lakes Hatchery revenue goal. Escapement counts at the Bear Creek weir cumulatively totaled 1,900 sockeye salmon through June 4."
I've fished this spot alot in the past and I know how seiners can shut us down on the shore. But thats how it goes and we deal with it. This year there are fewer boats allowed to fish. I hope Trail Lakes Hatchery makes their goal soon so the shore fishing gets better.
Does anyone know if Low Tide is preferable to seiners or if I just happened to catch them both times? I have a feeling the fish will come in when they're hauling the catch back to the processor so I'd like to fish then. Generally I prefer to fish the incoming to high tide anyway so I think I'll give up on early mornings and low tide.
Oh, and FYI, nobody was catching fish this morning and very few were caught yesterday morning. Generally the fishing has been good, but I'd suggest not wasting the gas to come to Seward until the above mentioned revenue goal is met.