Whittier to Montague--Halibut Fishing/Shrimping

BigFish

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Fellow fishermen, I plan to head out of Whittier tomorrow afternoon and may end up near Montague if there is a place to spend the night. If not Montague, does anyone have a recommendation for safe mooring close to halibut ground? Also, any suggestions on where to drop pots that far out? I'm not comfortable leaving pots in or around Culross unattended for 24 hours. Thanks for your help!
 

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Honestly you'll likely do better letting your pots soak in passage canal than you will taking them all the way out to Montague.

As far as where to hole up, depends on what end of Montague. On the N end, Disk Island by the N end of Knight is one of my favorites. Green Island is a bit closer and has some great anchorages. Port Chalmers on Montague is a good spot, but keep an eye out for shallow areas as you can end up high and dry.

I haven't been to the S end of Montague, but the S end of Knight, Elrington and Latouche have plenty of nice anchorages and can be good for halibut. You'll be counting the shrimp by individual numbers, not by the gallons.
 

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There are a lot of places out by Montague to anchor for the night. Look on your maps for the bays. Do you have a Cruising Prince William Sound book? It details the anchorages. If not, look on your charts for the anchor symbol and the study up.

Watch the weather. Not sure what kind of boat you have, but there are some lo pressure fronts building right now. I am probably cancelling my trip to cook inlet because of the weather - but I have a small boat.
 
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