Its June so it is time for the Green Rocks Lodge – Petersburg Halibut Report. Our guests are picking and many decent size halibut have been caught over the past few weeks. We have picked up a few fish in the 100+ lb range which of course is always draws a lot of interest back at the lodge.
Typically as the summer progresses more and more Halibut will migrate into the shallow waters around Petersburg which in turn improves the catch rate. But the Halibut are here now in good numbers and catching a limit happens on a regular basis.
Although King Salmon fishing has been a bit slow fish are being picked up throughout the area. Because of the lower run levels the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has modified this years regulations. You can see those modifications at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm?adfg=region.r1.
Good news is that the run of Salmon coming back to Crystal Lake Hatchery is anticipated to be good and regulations have become more liberal for those fish. This run of fish will continue to bring more and more fish into the area throughout the month of June.
Trout And Dolly Varden
With the waters warming the Trout and Dolly Varden become more active. Throwing “blood red” lures is always a popular choice. These fish can be caught throughout the Petersburg area but are concentrated at river and stream mouths. Fishing the incoming and slack tide seems to produce the most fish.
Trout and Dolly Varden are very good eating fish and can be prepared a number of different ways. Many people enjoy smoking them with a light hardwoods such as apple or alder.
Crab and Shrimp
Dungeness Crab and Spotted Shrimp are abundant in the waters around Petersburg. With the shallower waters they are easier to harvest compared to other parts of Alaska.