We spent a month mid-July to mid-August at our cabin about 45 miles out of Valdez in Port Fidalgo after a late June trip for a week. The pink run usually begins in late June and is very evident by the first week of July and by later July the beach is littered with spawned carcasus. There were NONE then. By the middle of July a few pinks showed up, none were going up the stream. By the first week of August a paltry run showed up but was still milling around the stream mouth. A few started up but no dead ones. By the middle of August, they were starting to run up the stream, and we saw only one spawned out dead pink on the bank. Lots of confused seagulls, eagles and a few bears!
Silvers were also very late and sparse, lots on the forum about that, we caught some with a lot of work but the numbers were amazingly low and the fish were scattered, we didn't see the usual gang swimming in with a hooked fish where we could easily see them. We mooch, by the way, never troll. Heard they were all out by Goose and sounds like they are still there.
As far as I know, the stong pink run closer to Valdez and also out where we are never materialized and there was no commercial opener for pinks, lots of seiners were as hungry as the birds and bears. By mid August, there were some seiners out, probably for silvers?
I noticed that my temp readings on my sonar read around 54-56 degrees. Normally they are 51-52. A few degrees in ocean temperature makes a big difference especially for food fish like herring. We didn't see any herring balls like we usually do.
Hopefully at least enough pinks will spawn to feed the bears. Right now there is hunger all the way up the food chain!
Every year is different, one of the things I like about Alaska!