Going to Ketchkan in early August. 2 adults/3 kids. Renting skiffs and going to fish salmon/bottom fish and crab. Will be camping and would also be interested in catching some rainbow in lake or stream.
Would like recommendations on what type of gear to bring. I'm planning on bringing 1) Medium Wt Salmon with level wind for trolling - can I use it for bottom fish too? How large of a rod do I need for Halibut, and how much line (how deep) will I need.
Also, for the silvers, will we mostly be running plug cut herring with banana sinker? Any other lure that we should bring. I have a ton of gear, so I probably have what I need, but just need to know what works best up there.
I'm realistic about the size of the halibut if we are just in skiffs, but can I get away with using the same poles for halibut that I use for trolling for silvers?
Is the crabbing for dungenous good? How about freshwater rainbow or other? Anything else that I should do while we are there?
I spent a year in KTN last year and learned a couple of things.
Good rainbow fishing at the gorgeous Ward Creek/Lake system just 5 miles north of town. Trying fishing the creek that comes INTO the lake. There's some good areas to fish just upstream of the main parking lot. Easy wading, except after a big rain. You'll find dollies and lots of bows. Bows can get up to 20 inches..
You'll need something heavier for halibut than your salmon pole. Look for a stiff "jigging" type pole, like those made by Penn (Costco has a Penn rod reel combo that is right around $115). Plan on fishing fairly deep in the KTN area, usually starting at 200-250 feet, then deeper.
I had great luck trolling for silvers right out the back of the boat, no downrigger, just a 7 ounce banana weight pulling a 7-9 inch silver flasher in front of a blue hoochie (squid imitation) on a 2 hook setup. Let the line out 80-90 feet while trolling 2-3 mph, and you're good to go...
Hey, Have FUN!
Re: dungeness...look for a muddy, shallow, head of the bay situation, 40-60 feet of water will work.
I went out Nichols Passage to Bostwick for my crab (and so does half of KTN...)
Here's the link to NOAA's Booklet chart for the area.
Thanks for the help. This will be very helpful.
halibut weight and hook size
Since I have only fished halibut once, what size weight will I need to get to that depth? Is bait best, or a jig? What size hook?
That trout fishing on Ward Lake sounds pretty good too!