By Lee Leschper
The silver salmon in and outside Resurrection Bay in Seward remain the hottest ticket in south central Alaska, among a host of great fishing options.
Six of us fished Saturday in and around Pony Cove with friends and got 34 silvers up to 12 pounds, plus a couple of huge pink salmon too big to throw back. Plus one nice bonus halibut pushing 20 pounds. We got all our fish by mooching hoochies with cut herring, but boats choosing to troll did well too.
This is the third week of very strong silver fish there, after a terrible 2016 silver season. Did the silvers just wait an extra year to come back? Who knows or cares?
This is no secret now and there are tons of boats.
Good manners and boating skills are important. There’s no room for crowding with so many fish, but there were still many near collisions Saturday. It also demands some common sense, in choosing craft able to handle big seas. Saturday was glass smooth, althoug a north wind was pushing big swells into the bay. Yet we saw some very small craft, including inflatables and tiny aluminum hulls that would have been in real danger if bad weather blew in.
The fishing should continue to improve as the silvers move deeper into the bay near the Seward harbor and grow fatter every week leading up to the Seward Silver Derby in mid-August. http://www.seward.com/welcome-to-seward-alaska/seward-silver-salmon-derby-august/