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Salmon Fishing Alaska

Most of our Alaska salmon fishing is done by trolling bait or lures near shore. We are usually in the protected waters of Kachemak Bay, a short distance from the Homer harbor. At times we use downriggers. Other times we use trolling weights or divers, as it depends on the depth of the fish and the salmon targeted.

In late July and August we have several runs of the scrappy Silver Salmon in the area. The last week in July and first three weeks of August generally have the best Silver Salmon fishing and have historically coincided with a strong showing of feeder kings. Good numbers of pink and sockeye salmon are also available at different times during the summer.

Know that we offer multi-species fishing trips all season long. Give us a call and we can tell you what options are available. Lingcod season begins July 1st and a day of fishing for them is a great way to round out your Alaskan fishing adventure.

Also available are long-range trips on our large, comfortable boats. On these trips you spend two or more days using one of our vessels as mobile lodge fishing for halibut, salmon, rockfish, and lingcod. Generally speaking, after August 1st we can take a skiff along and bank fish some of the remote rivers with fly or spin tackle for silver salmon. Long range daily trips are also available on our boats. Or if you prefer multi day trips on our 60ft vessel the Outer Limits for three or more days you can use it as a mobile fishing lodge. Vacation packages also allow you ample time to browse through our wonderful selection of Homer Ocean T-shirts and hats. You could get all of your Christmas shopping done right in our office—what a concept!

For all of our fishing trips, you will need to purchase a fishing license. Bring along all that you want to eat and drink for the day. We ask you bring layered, warm clothing since you never know what the weather is going to be like out in the ocean.

For more information go to Home Ocean Charters

Welcome to the Power Shop

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Napier Outdoors – Keeping You High and Dry Since 1990

The Backroadz Truck Tent was created with every truck owner in mind while being easy on the wallet. A quick and easy assembly creates the ultimate camp site in the back of your open-bed pickup. Napier’s exclusive full floor design protects you from the elements while making the tent easy to set-up and secure to your truck.
It’s perfect to keep behind the seat for any unexpected adventures such as:
camping, tailgating, fishing or even lounging at the beach.
• Napier offers the only truck tents on the market with a full floor,
keeping you clean from your truck and dry from the elements
• Full rainfly provides ultimate weather protection
• Large interior area with over 5.6’ of headroom
• 2 large windows offer optimal ventilation
• Illuminate the tent using the built-in lantern holder
• Quick and easy 1 person assembly that takes about 10 minutes
to setup
• Includes carrying bag for storage

Napier Outdoors has been changing the way people view camping by reshaping and merging the automotive and camping industries. Observing a need for convenience and flexibility in outdoor adventures and the
demand for exciting accessories in the automotive industry, Napier developed Vehicle Camping Tents.

Napier Outdoors tents go a long way in improving your camping experience. Here’s how:
• Sleep comfortably above the ground in our truck tents
• Versatile, compact, and lightweight – keep the tent behind a seat for an unexpected adventure
• The added comfort of your vehicle being right there; just in case a hungry bear strolls by
• No need to unpack – keep all your gear in your vehicle and sleep in the tent
• Convert your vehicle into your home away from home

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All-depth recreational halibut fishing will close off Ilwaco

The following is a wdfw emergency rule change notice

FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

May 24, 2017

All-depth recreational halibut fishing will close off Ilwaco, continue in most other marine areas

Action: Recreational halibut fishing in the all-depth area will close in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco), effective at the end of the day Thursday, May 25. Marine Areas 3 (La Push), 4 (Neah Bay), and 5-10 (Puget Sound) will be open to recreational halibut fishing for another day on Thursday, June 1.

Effective date: 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017

 Species affected: Pacific halibut

 Location:  Marine Areas 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

 Reason for action:  There is not sufficient quota remaining to allow another all-depth fishing day in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) after Thursday, May 25. There is, however, enough quota reserved to continue to allow halibut retention with bottomfish on board in the nearshore area of Marine Area 1 Mondays through Wednesdays until further notice.  Any quota not taken in the all-depth fishery will be transferred to the quota available for the nearshore area. 

Sufficient quota remains to open another fishing day in the north coast (Marine Areas 3 and 4) and Puget Sound (Marine Areas 5-10) on Thurs. June 1. Catch data will be evaluated following the opening on June 1 to determine if enough quota remains for additional fishing days in the north coast and Puget Sound. 

These rules conform to action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). 

Additional information: There is not sufficient quota remaining to open the nearshore fishery in Marine Area 2 (Westport). This area will remain closed to recreational halibut fishing for the remainder of the year.

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 902-2487

Elk Habitat Conserved in Washington’s Lewis River Watershed

The below is a press release from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2017
MEDIA NOTE: For a high-resolution photo or more information,
contact Mark Holyoak, RMEF, 406-523-3481 or mholyoak@rmef.org
This news release is also posted here.

Elk Habitat Conserved in
Washington’s Lewis River Watershed

MISSOULA, Mont.—Nearly 4,500 acres of prime wildlife habitat in southwestern Washington are permanently protected and opened to public access thanks to ongoing collaborative efforts by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and PacifiCorp, an electric utility company.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “This forestland is crucial habitat for Roosevelt elk. It’s now forever protected and conserved in a region where designation of the Mount St. Helens National Monument restricts management options.”

“Conserving and managing this habitat on the southwest slopes of Mount St. Helens, where elk are threatened by forage loss from forest succession and habitat loss to development is a just part of PacifiCorp’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Todd Olson, the company’s compliance director. “We highly value the partnership with the RMEF and the other parties that makes this possible.”

The just-completed 1,880-acre acquisition is the third phase of a project that previously protected an additional 2,590 acres of habitat in the upper Lewis River basin north of Swift Reservoir.

The combined 4,470-acre property was originally in a checkerboard ownership pattern. It is now blocked up and provides connectivity with state and federal lands to the north and is part of a 15,000-acre landscape managed as wildlife habitat by PacifiCorp. This management is conducted with input from RMEF, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and resource agencies.

“Federal forests near Mount St. Helens are overgrown and contributed to the decline of what was once one of Washington’s most productive elk herds. This project greatly improves forest management which is a huge benefit for elk and other wildlife,” added Henning.

The landscape provides vital elk migratory corridors and is home to blacktail deer, black bear, mountain lions and a wide array of bird and other animal life.

With few exceptions to provide public safety, PacifiCorp wildlife lands are open to non-motorized public access including hunting and other recreation.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 222,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.1 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.
Take action: join and/or donate.

About PacifiCorp
PacifiCorp provides electric service to 1.8 million customers in six western states. Operating as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California, and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar through safe, reliable electricity.

Dworshak Reservoir Fishing Forecast

The following is a press release from Idaho Department Of Fish and Game

Dworshak Reservoir Fishing Forecast

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 3:52 PM MDT

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a winter like this past one. But spring is here, the weather is warming and anglers are getting out on Dworshak Reservoir to chase bluebacks, smallies, or whatever else may bite.

Dworshak is one of the most popular fisheries in the Clearwater Region, and here’s how the fishery is shaping up.

Kokanee

Last season was a great year for kokanee anglers. There were more kokanee than typical, but of average size. A higher than average number of two year old fish resulted in one of the highest catch rates documented in the last 30 years. There was also a record number of larger, three year old fish.

Catches like the one pictured below were common for several hours of fishing. This year there could be a typical number of kokanee, but of above average size.  We expect there will be approximately 210,000 two year old kokanee, which is very close to the average two year old fish abundance since 2000.

In addition, about three percent of the two year old fish from last year could carry over as three year old fish, which would be a little over 10,000 fish. If this is the case, anglers could expect to catch one larger three year-old fish in each limit of 25.

One unknown this year is how many kokanee were entrained – lost through the dam. High entrainment would mean lower than average survival, and fewer fish than expected. Heavy snowpack resulted in the Corps of Engineers releasing high volumes of water out of the dam this spring.

While we did see evidence of a couple of entrainment events in late April, they appear to have been short in duration. We won’t know for sure until our surveys in late July, but at this point it appears we’ll still have plenty of fish for a decent fishery.

While on Dworshak in early May, we marked very few fish on our sounder and the anglers we spoke to were having a hard time locating fish as well. While this may indicate a lack of fish in the reservoir, we noticed what few fish we marked were holding very shallow. Surface temperatures at the time were ideal for kokanee, meaning that many of the fish could have been holding close to the surface, where they are difficult to impossible to find with down looking sonar.

This happened last April as well, when the fish seemed to disappear for about a month, until water temperatures warmed enough to force the fish back down in the water column. Any fish that haven’t been flushed out of the reservoir this spring will be much easier to locate as the water warms.

Overall, while kokanee numbers may be down from last year, size is on the increase. Most fish are already above the long-term average of 10 inches, and they should be just starting to grow for the year. We have already measured fish over 12 inches, including one that was brought to a check station that was 14 inches. With good growth, we could see fish averaging 12 inches by summer.

Smallmouth

If you’re not a kokanee fisherman, there are still plenty of reasons to fish Dworshak. Bass fishing has been good the last two years, and this year is shaping up to be more of the same.

Water temperatures have been cooler this spring, compared to the last two years, and larger fish moved into shallow water on the lower end of the reservoir by late April. As a result, the fishing has been slow, but the fish caught have been larger than average.

The smallmouth we checked in April averaged over 15 inches long, with some over 18 inches. As the water continues to warm, the larger fish will move into deeper water and smaller fish will move up along the banks. As this happens, catch rates will pick up, but average size will go down. Water temperatures have been much cooler on the upper end of the reservoir, so these movements will be happening over the next few weeks.

Even with cooler temperatures and some tougher angling conditions this spring, some dandy smallmouth continue to be caught. Anglers fishing a tournament at the end of April did quite well, with most anglers returning with limits of medium to large fish.

ODFW Commission Hears Columbia Sturgeon Possibilities, Wolf Plan Testimony

The following is a press release from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

 

NEWS RELEASE
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
www.odfw.com

Contact:
Michelle Dennehy, 503-931-2748, Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us

Friday, May 19, 2017

Commission hears public testimony on Wolf Plan, schedules work session for June 8

PORTLAND, Ore.—The Commission heard from a panel of stakeholders representing Wolf Program stakeholders and an additional 73 members of the public who signed up to testify at a meeting about the revised Draft Wolf Plan today.

The meeting was live-streamed and a recording can be viewed at ODFW’s Twitter account.

Commissioners have now heard public testimony about the Draft Plan at meetings in La Grande, Klamath Falls and Portland. No decisions were made at today’s meeting, and a date for final adoption of a revised Draft Plan was not set. Chair Finley did schedule a work session for Commissioners on Thursday, June 8 from 1 – 5 p.m. in Salem at ODFW Headquarters, where commissioners will have a chance to ask questions of ODFW staff, discuss the draft Plan and provide direction to staff on next steps. This work session will be open to the public to attend and listen, but no public testimony will be taken at this meeting.

Commissioners also heard an update from ODFW staff on a possible Lower Columbia River sturgeon retention fishery. The Commission had requested staff look into this issue a few months ago. Staff noted that the legal-size sturgeon population had been significantly rebuilt since a January 2014 closure and believed a “small but meaningful” fishery was possible.  Several commissioners expressed support for the idea. Oregon and co-managers Washington intend to hold a hearing about the fishery next week.

The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in Oregon.

Court refuses to hear culvert case appeal

THE FOLLOWING IS A NORTHWEST INDIAN FISHERIES COMMISSION PRESS RELEASE

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington will restrict fisheries again this year because of declining habitat.

9th Circuit refuses to hear
culvert case appeal

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier today refused to hear the state of Washington’s most recent appeal of the culvert case. The decision could bring to a halt more than 15 years of litigation on whether the state of Washington has a duty under federal treaty to protect salmon habitat.

You can read the entire ruling here.

“This is a win for salmon, treaty rights and everyone who lives here,” said Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. “Fixing fish-blocking culverts under state roads will open up hundreds of miles of habitat and result in more salmon. That means more fishing, more jobs and healthier economies for all of us.”

The appeal stems from Judge Ricardo Martinez’s 2013 ruling that failed state culverts violate tribal treaty rights because they reduce the number of salmon available for tribal harvest. Judge Martinez ruled that tribal treaty-reserved rights to harvest salmon also include the right to have those salmon protected so they are available for harvest.

He also ruled that the state’s duty to fix its culverts does not arise from a “broad environmental servitude,” but rather a “narrow and specific treaty-based duty that attaches when the state elects to block rather than bridge a salmon-bearing stream.”

Judge Martinez gave the state 15 years to reopen 90 percent of the habitat blocked by its culverts in Western Washington. More than 800 state culverts block salmon access to more than 1,000 miles of good habitat and harm salmon at every stage of their life cycle. The state has been fixing them so slowly it would have needed more than 100 years to finish the job.

The U.S. government filed the case in 2001 on behalf of the tribes. It is a sub-proceeding of the U.S. v. Washington litigation that led to the landmark 1974 ruling by Judge George Boldt. His decision upheld tribal, treaty-reserved rights and established the tribes as co-managers of the resource with the state of Washington.

“Reserving the right to fish so that we can feed our families and preserve our culture was one of the tribes’ few conditions when we agreed to give up nearly all of the land that is today western Washington,” Loomis said. “The treaties our ancestors signed have no expiration date and no escape clauses.”

More information on the current state of culvert repair work can be found at the treaty tribes’ State of Our Watersheds Report.

ODFW seeks input on upcoming Columbia Basin summer steelhead seasons

The following is a press release from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

NEWS RELEASE
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
www.odfw.com

Contact
Tucker Jones, (971) 673-6067, tucker.a.jones@state.or.us
John North, (971) 673-6029, john.a.north@state.or.us
Jessica Sall, (503) 947-6023, jessicasall@state.or.us

Thursday, May 18, 2017

ODFW seeks input on upcoming Columbia Basin summer steelhead seasons

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting on Wednesday, May 24 to solicit input for recreational summer steelhead fisheries in the mainstem Columbia River and adjacent streams. The meeting will be held at ODFW NW Region Office, 17330 SE Evelyn Street, Clackamas, Ore. from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Forecasted 2017 returns for Columbia and Snake River summer steelhead are at unprecedentedly low levels and restrictions to recreational fisheries will be necessary. The meeting agenda will include an overview of the 2017 summer steelhead forecast and proposed changes to Columbia River summer and fall steelhead regulations.

People who cannot attend the meeting can send input to John North (john.a.north@state.or.us) or Tucker Jones (tucker.a.jones@state.or.us)