I know we talk about this periodically, but here's my search for some anecdotal evidence.
In my 15 years in AK, including lots of weekends with friends on my own boats, I had only seen one of these chalky halibut prior to this weekend. But this weekend, we had 3 or 4 chalky halibut, all chickens in the 15-lb range. A gentleman filleting next to me on Saturday had 3 that day too. We were both fishing in the Compass Rose area of Kachemak Bay.
So my inquiring mind wants to know:
1. Have others noticed an increase in chalky halibut over the years (I know I've also seen a dramatic increase in cod, and have heard of earlier arrivals of dogfish)?
2. Do fishermen in other areas - Seward, PWS, Valdez, even Deep Creek - see many chalky halibut?
3. Can anyone correlate it to size?
I've read some of the ADFG info, and Googled other info. Just wondering what other fishermen are seeing.