Kodiak Silver Salmon

Emerald Island Silver and More

Story and Photos by George Krumm

As I looked out the window of the Era Aviation turboprop I wondered if the rain and wind were going to allow us to fish. It had been iffy for several days, but as I looked down at the sea and coastline it didn’t seem windy at the moment; just rainy. Rick Baker of Fish Kodiak Adventures was waiting for me in the terminal and we discussed the quality and variety of fishing Alaska’s Emerald Island has to offer. I’d fished freshwater streams of the area; Saltery Creek was phenomenal when I fished it for silvers a few years prior, but that was in August. I wondered if there would still be fishable numbers of silvers in the saltchuck, as it was now the second week of September. Rick, however, told me he’d found some fish the previous few days and he was optimistic. This trip was going to be short – I had a day and a half to fish. We needed to find them fast, and Rick did.

Morning dawned overcast, with a light drizzle and no wind. After a breakfast of Rick’s awesome sourdough pancakes, he loaded the boat and prepared it for the short ride to the beach launch on Pasagshak Bay. This content is available for subscribers only.

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