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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.

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Oli’s fishing Charters

Nestled in one of British Columbia’s secret spots lies Winter Harbour, which is located on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. The sheltered harbor is a fisherman’s sanctuary and a gateway to your amazing adventure. Winter Harbour is remote and untouched compared to many over fished and populated spots and offers an abundance and variety of species. All 5 species of salmon swim along the coast throughout the season. Large runs of Chinook salmon (aka Spring’s or Kings) swim right off our doorstep with only a short run to the salmon highway. Winter Harbour also offers some excellent inside fishing for monster Marble River Chinook and huge coho runs that are heading up various rivers up the inlet. Our ocean waters offer excellent bottom fish including huge halibut, Ling Cod, Red Snapper (Yellow Eye) and a variety of rock fish.

Whatever your preference, we can provide it to you. Oli’s Fishing Charters, experienced, licensed, guided adventure, with all equipment provided.

Throughout your fishing adventure you will be surrounded by stunning scenery including breath-taking horizons and mountainous rainforests. Lots of local wildlife including Black bears scavenging the shores, bald eagles soaring above, breeching whales, porpoises, massive sun fish, sharks and much more. So bring your camera!

 

Westport Marina Cottages

Looking for the best Westport Motels?

Look no further than the Westport Marina Cottages where charming private waterfront cottages await you with full motel amenities. A unique coastal destination nestled in-between the picturesque Westport Marina and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Perfectly situated in the heart of Westport’s marina district, your cozy and yet spacious accommodations are just steps away from coastal shopping, dining, and infinite beach activities. All the conveniences of a motel stay, but with your own private cottage.

https://www.marinacottages.com/

Welcome To Chateau Westport

Welcome to Chateau Westport

The Chateau Westport offers spectacular ocean views, miles of uninterrupted solitude where you can comb for sea treasures. Plus deep sea and bottom fishing, delightful shops for every occasion and restaurants throughout Westport. We offer over 100 guest rooms and suites, many with fireplaces, kitchens, balconies and ocean views. Enjoy our indoor heated pool, soak in our hot tub or work out in our Fitness room. Each morning enjoy a complimentary Continental Breakfast. With our two conference rooms, it’s a perfect place for your Family Reunion, Wedding, or Conference at the beach. Best of all, we’ve assembled our wonderful staff to meet your needs.

We are a dog friendly Hotel
*a small fee applies to our dog guests (limited pet rooms available)*

Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

Come join us at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino for our Las Vegas style slot machines. WE JUST GOT HOTTER!! with “A Million Degrees!” We have all of your favorites: Milk Money, Triple 7?s, Fairy’s Fortune, Hot Shot Progressive. With slot machine credit values from .01 cent to $1 dollar.

We have wonderful table games including 5 Blackjack tables, 1 Craps, 1 Roulette, 1 Emperor’s Challenge, 1 3-Card Poker, 2 Spanish 21 and 10 times odds on Craps with table limits from $3 to $250.

If you like poker, we have No-Limit Texas Hold’em Tournaments, just like on TV. Every evening in the poker room join us for a live 2 to 10 spread limit Texas Hold’em game with only a fifty-dollar minimum buy-in. We have jackpots while you play; try for our Monte Carlos, Bad Beat, and High Hands. We can also set up a private Texas Hold ‘em Tournament for your group, whatever the occasion. Our dealers are trained to assist new players! Our poker room is for ages 18 and over.

Quinault Casino Winners

So, come on in and earn points by playing your favorite slot machines or table games for valuable in-house services or merchandise such as spa visits, hotel stays and even dinner in any of the QBR&C’s three restaurants: Emily’s fine dining restaurant, the Sidewalk Bistro and the Ocean Lounge. Just ask the Q-Club Hosts for details.?

Great Deal On Last-minute Opening At Rugged Point Lodge

Want to kick off Labor Day weekend early and get in some fishing?

Rugged Point Lodge on northern Vancouver Island has announced they have two boats available Sept. 1-4.

(RUGGED POINT LODGE)

(RUGGED POINT LODGE)

According to the lodge, which sits on an island on Kyoquot Sound, the offer is for up to six guests, with food, fishing and accommodations all included.

With the last-minute discount package pricing, it’s $1,500 US per person.

(RUGGED POINT LODGE)

(RUGGED POINT LODGE)

For more, contact owner-operators Kristy and Matt Guiget:

Office 250.332.5220 Toll Free 1.866.964.5220

Nootka Wilderness Lodge Clients ‘Arrive As Guests, Leave As Friends’

By Steve Joseph

In salmon fishing-crazed British Columbia, Nootka Island is right in the heart of the action.

Just off the west coast of Vancouver Island, some of B.C.’s best fishing starts right from the port here. Among the top guide services and lodges in this area is Nootka Wilderness Lodge (250-850-1500; nootkawildernesslodge.com), which is run by Brian and Kelly Gage and their kids. We caught up with Brian Gage for more on their business.

 
Steve Joseph How long has the lodge been around?
Brian Gage The current Nootka Wilderness Lodge has been in Nootka Sound since 1994.

 
SJ How long have you and your wife been in the fishing industry?
BG Kelly and I have been involved in the fishing industry for 30-plus years now. I started guiding when I was 16.

SJ Is this a total family affair?
BG NWL is a family-run lodge with a capacity for 26 guests, keeping it quaint and personal. I am at the lodge for every group, and that’s really what I enjoy about the business: meeting new people and getting to know them. We like to say, “Arrive as guests and leave as a friends.” Ninety percent of our guests return to NWL, something we are very proud of!

SJ What area do you fish?
BG We have a fantastic area for fishing. Nootka Wilderness Lodge is located in the heart of Nootka Sound, with salmon fishing only minutes away on calm, protected waters. We also have the open ocean with an amazing coastline of kelp beds and rock structure for our more adventurous fishing guests. Our bottomfishing for halibut, red snapper and lingcod is also world class and a “guaranteed” catch for those who enjoy action-packed bottomfishing.

SJ Tell us about your fleet and the lodge.
BG Our lodge, our staff, our location and our fleet are what sets us apart from other lodges. Our fleet of boats is primarily Grady Whites, ranging from 24 to 28 feet in length. We also have one 40-foot offshore vessel for larger groups that want to stick together. All of our boats are covered and have twin four-stroke power and trolling motors. All of our boats have bathrooms onboard. Our 10,000-square-foot lodge features sprawling decks, private bathrooms, spacious rooms, a lounge area and bar. It’s a floating lodge tucked in a picturesque bay with a southwest exposure. We enjoy beautiful sunsets over Vancouver Island’s coastal mountains into the early evening hours. We actually see very little rain throughout our season, so don’t forget your sunscreen!

SJ In one word describe the whole experience.
BG Unforgettable!

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Idaho 2015 Upland Bird Hunting Prospects Look Good

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME

Another mild winter and timely rainstorms during spring and early summer provided good rearing conditions for young upland game birds, and hunters will likely see more birds this year than last.

“Reports across the state are up for a variety of species,” says Jeff Knetter, Idaho Fish and Game’s upland game and migratory bird coordinator.

Out of Fish and Game’s seven regions, nearly all found stable-to -improving populations of upland game birds compared with last year and the 10-year trend.

Fish and Game wildlife managers rely on a combination of anecdotal reports from the field and surveys known as “brood routes” where F&G personnel drive set routes and spot birds, then compare the numbers with what was seen in previous years.

It gives them a predictor of what hunters are likely to see when during the fall season.

Forest Grouse and dove seasons already opened statewide. California and bobwhite quail, sage grouse, chukar and gray partridge open Sept. 19. Sharptail grouse season opens Oct. 1, and pheasant season opens Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, depending on which area of the state. For all dates and rules, check Fish and Game’s upland rules booklet for hunting rules, or go to http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ and look for “Upland Game” under the “Hunting” tab.

Weather is a primary factor in upland bird populations from year to year, and although Idaho is in a drought, timely rainstorms after hatches provide plant growth and also spark insect populations that feed the young birds.

A full report on the upland game bird seasons throughout the seven Fish and Game regions can be found under the “Features” section on Fish and Game’s website.

Here are some highlights from the regions:

Panhandle: Grouse are abundant this year.  We predict excellent grouse hunting this fall.  Pheasants, gray partridge and quail are restricted to the southern portion of the region.  Populations of those species appear stable to slightly increasing relative to previous years.  The dry spring and summer resulted in extensive wild fires this summer and fall.  Hunters are encouraged to check for closures on public as well as corporate timber land before hunting.  Access is very limited in some areas.

Clearwater: The 115 pheasants observed in 2015 represent a 423 percent increase from the 22 birds tallied in 2014 and is 147 percent above the previous 10-year average of 47 birds. There are only six years out of the past 25 where more birds were tallied on regional routes. However, the 115 birds observed in 2015 still represents just 58 percent of the historical high count of 199 counted in 2005.

Chukar productivity and populations have appeared to be trending upward in recent years. Observations and reports from field staff and the public appear to indicate very good chukar nesting success and chick survival. The number of gray partridge observed this year was much higher than last years’ total, and above the long-term average.

Southwest: Quail production appears to be good to excellent, with reports of good quail numbers across the Treasure Valley and west-central areas. Quail hunting should be good in areas with deciduous shrubs and berries near perennial water sources. Dove production appears to be very good with many young birds observed along established routes. Reports from field indicated excellent ruffed grouse production. Chukar populations along the Bruneau and East Fork of the Owyhee rivers are up and should provide good hunting. Populations of chukar at Arrowrock and Brownlee reservoirs, and along the South Fork of the Payette River, are up slightly. Gray partridge numbers have been excellent during the past three years and should continue to be good.

Magic Valley: Generally, bird numbers are up this year compared with the 2014 season and may provide the best hunting in many years. During the past several years, quail hunting has been very good and it appears to be another bumper crop this year. Hunters should expect to find area with abundant quail along the Snake River and its tributaries west of Twin Falls. Early reports from around the region suggest hunters should find more chukar and gray partridge this year than last, and hunters should find good forest grouse populations in the northern portions of the Magic Valley.

Southeast: Lek surveys for Columbian sharp-tailed grouse have remained relatively stable over the last 10 years. If conditions are dry, hunters should expect early movement of grouse into the mountain shrub communities and to areas where green forbs can still be found. Other upland game bird populations are stable. Fish and Game has large Access Yes! properties leased in the region, and hunters can find maps at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ by clicking on the green Access Yes! logo at the bottom of the page.

Upper Snake: There have been reports of good-sized gray partridge broods across the region. Areas that hold pheasants in the Upper Snake have reported early broods and many good-sized broods. Sharp-tailed grouse populations have remained stable over the last five years. The best hunting can be found in Conservation Reserve Program fields that have green alfalfa and/or other forbs.

Salmon: Sage grouse lek counts were up across the Salmon Region, particularly in the Antelope Flat area southwest of Challis. Dusky grouse production this year appears above average and hunting will be very good. Most chukar habitat in the region is marginal due to wide variation in weather conditions.  However, favorable weather last winter and spring/summer should provide very good chukar hunting this fall.

THOUGH THE SALMON REGION ISN'T IDAHO'S BEST FOR CHUKAR, THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME IS FORECASTING "VERY GOOD" HUNTING FOR WINGSHOOTERS LIKE BRIAN WILLYARD, WHO BAGGED THIS TRIO THERE IN 2013. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

THOUGH THE SALMON REGION ISN’T KNOWN AS IDAHO’S BEST FOR CHUKAR, THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME IS FORECASTING “VERY GOOD” HUNTING FOR WINGSHOOTERS LIKE BRIAN WILLYARD, WHO BAGGED THIS TRIO THERE IN 2011. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Statewide pheasant stocking: Fish and Game will stock the same number of pheasants as last year on its wildlife management areas. The department stocks pheasants at nine wildlife management areas in the Southwest, Magic Valley, Southeast and Upper Snake regions. Stocking will begin before the youth hunts each WMA and will continue throughout the season. For details on the stocking program see page 15 in the upland birds hunting rules booklet, or go to Fish and Game’s website and look for pheasants under the “Upland Birds” heading on the “Hunting” page.

Elk Safaris West Offering $2,500 Cow Elk Special

Elk Safaris West in Southeast Idaho is offering a cow elk special this fall.

A limited number of these guided one-day hunts will be available for $2,500 on a first-come, first-served basis.

A HAPPY HUNTER POSES WITH HIS COW, TAKEN ON AN ELK SAFARIS WEST HUNT. (ELK SAFARIS WEST)

A HAPPY HUNTER POSES WITH HIS COW, TAKEN ON AN ELK SAFARIS WEST HUNT. (ELK SAFARIS WEST)

Located west of Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons, hunting is on a private ranch east of Ashton.

No tags or licenses are required, saving hunters money, according to Elk Safaris West.

The outfit also offers trophy bull elk hunts.

For more information on the cow hunts, call Dillon at (208) 313-3634 or see elksafariswest.com.

Idaho’s Kootenai River Provides Cool Waters, Trout Opportunity

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME

Many streams and rivers in the Panhandle are experiencing record low flows and warm water temperatures this summer. The result is tough conditions for fish and for anglers.

There are some angling opportunities worth considering that are not as impacted by the summertime water conditions. One such opportunity can be found on the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry.

THE KOOTENAI RIVER FLOWS BELOW BONNERS FERRY, IDAHO. (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION)

THE KOOTENAI RIVER FLOWS BELOW BONNERS FERRY, IDAHO. (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION)

The Kootenai River is regulated by Libby Dam in Montana, and, as a result, receives reliable flows of cold water throughout the summer months. The cold water released from the dam provides good summer habitat for cold water fish species such as rainbow and cutthroat trout. Both are found in the Kootenai River.

According to Greg Hoffman, Fisheries Biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stationed at Libby Dam, “Given the summertime water conditions and necessary dam operations, we are selectively releasing 50°F water from Libby Dam, which is the minimum temperature allowed for release this time of year.

By the time this water reaches Bonners Ferry, it has typically warmed to 55-58°F, which is great for both trout and trout anglers. In addition, releases from the dam are currently around 9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), which also bodes well for both fish and anglers. River flows through the end of August will be between 7,000-9000 cfs and then drop to 6,000 cfs at the beginning of September, so the favorable water conditions should be sustained through late-summer and into early fall.”

According to a 2014 survey, there are approximately 275 trout/mile in the Idaho portion of the Kootenai River upstream from Bonners Ferry. Anglers are catching around 0.67 trout/hour according to a creel survey from 2011.

Although these numbers are lower than what is seen in other large rivers in Idaho, there are still plenty of fish to be caught by anglers wishing to pursue them. Trout in the Kootenai River are biting quite well, thanks to the cool and consistent flows provided by Libby Dam.

Rex Hoisington, owner and operator of River Rafting by Rex, stated “Trout fishing in the Kootenai River has been phenomenal, especially for this time of the year. It has slowed down a bit in the heat of summer, but the cold water from Libby Dam certainly appears to help.”

According to reports Rex has heard from anglers this summer, “Rainbow and cutthroat trout in the 16-20 inch range are much more commonly caught in the river than they used to be, and anglers are happy about that.”

Similarly, Tim Linehan, owner and operator of Linehan Outfitting Company in Montana, indicated that, “Trout fishing in the Kootenai River (in Montana, and up to the Idaho border) has been good this summer. It is not uncommon for seasoned anglers to each land 12-15 fish on a trip, and they are quite pleased with that.”

If the hot and dry summer conditions have produced slow fishing in some of your favorite fishing spots, consider an outing on the Kootenai River. If you decide to fish the Kootenai River, here are a few tips that should help. Most of the trout reside in the portion of the river upstream from Bonners Ferry. Although there is limited public access to this stretch of river, there are great opportunities for half-, full-, and multi-day float trips. For half- to full-day float trips, consider launching at Leonia, Montana (a new primitive access site funded by IDFG and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks). Be aware the Idaho border is a short distance below the put-in. Unless you have a Montana fishing license, enjoy the scenery and start fishing after floating under the Leonia bridge. A good place to take out is the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho’s Twin Rivers Canyon Resort. This float drifts you through some truly serene and wild country containing fantastic trout habitat and takes anywhere from 6-8 hours at the current flow conditions.

For multi-day trips, consider the same launch point, but take out at the public launch located approximately one mile downstream of the Highway 95 bridge in Bonners Ferry. Along the way, there are multiple islands managed by the Bureau of Land Management which are all available for overnight camping and may have existing, primitive campgrounds available for use.

As for fishing tactics and tackle that are tried and true on the Kootenai River, here are a few tips from successful anglers: “Anglers that are targeting trout are most successful when fly fishing as opposed to fishing with spinners,” according to Rex Boisington. “Fly fishing has been the most successful tactic. Surprisingly, afternoons and evenings have been more productive than mornings. Nymphing in fast water has been particularly productive; whereas, fishing dry flies in long, slick, glassy runs has not been as productive. The fish are there, but early in the day it’s just too bright and sunny,” according to Tim Linehan.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a new angler to the Kootenai River, consider spending time enjoying this North Idaho fishery. Please remember that the Idaho portion of the Kootenai River is subject to a special harvest rule of two trout per day, no rainbow or cutthroat trout under 16 inches; all other regional rules apply.

For more information or additional questions, please feel free to contact T.J. Ross (Senior Fishery Research Biologist) or Andy Dux (Regional Fishery Manager) at 208.769.1414.