Seward (sue-word) is located 2.5 hours south of Anchorage at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula. Seward is nestled in front of snow-capped mountain, surrounded by lush Pacific Temperate Rainforest, and initially originated because of its access to the fruitful Pacific Ocean. Close by is the Harding Ice Field, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park and Caines Head State Recreation area. The population of Seward in its 21.5 square mile city limit is 2,600 in addition to another 2,600 people living in the city’s outer lining areas.
Alaskan rockfish is always regarded as a trophy fish, if not for the trophy value on the dinner table! Many people prefer it over delicacies such as halibut even. Yellow eye rockfish can be very old, sometimes living to be over 100 years old! Catching these Alaskan rockfish usually entails jigging just off of the bottom of the ocean and can be caught in as little as 50 feet to several hundred feet in depth.
Season: Yellow eye rockfish hang around their home structure all the year around. They are caught from the beginning of our season in May until the end of the season with no apparent high or low points. Yellow eye have a firm, delicious white meat, but conservation concerns regarding these long lived, slow growing fish make a strong case for not targeting them and avoiding fishing in areas that have high levels of yellow eye catch.
Size: Most of the yellow eye we catch range between 5 and 15 pounds. Occasionally yellow eyes approaching 25 pounds will be landed.
Techniques: Yellow eye fall prey to both bait and jigs that are fished nearly rocky structure. When halibut fishing, the yellow eye often move onto the scene first, followed by the big flatfish. Not to beat a dead horse, but the long term goal is to avoid them, not to catch them. Techniques for decreasing yellow eye mortality include fishing for halibut over flat bottoms with less rocky structure. Also, research is being conducted on deep water release methods for yellow eye.
Gear: Again, because these are non-target species, we don’t have special gear for them. Most are taken on halibut gear. Yellow eye have a closed air bladder and when they come up from depth their stomach and air bladder decompress and stick out their mouth like a balloon, making it impossible for the fish to return to the bottom. We are working on gear for deep water release to address this “baratrauma” problem.
Regulations: Non-resident anglers are allowed one yellow eye per day and one per season. This may seem overly restrictive, but these fish simply cannot take very much fishing pressure.
One of the favorite photography destinations in Alaska. Sunset reflection of Seldovia Village captured by guide. Seldovia is considered a remote village in AK. It’s population is small (approx.250), thus with a small economic base it is expected that living costs are quite high, especially fuel and food. It’s a beautiful quaint little fishing village.
At an elevation of 6,398 feet, the peak itself isn’t visible until about three miles up the Pioneer Ridge Trail. A magnificent summit that looms over the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Pioneer Peak is one of the more accessible 6,000-foot-plus peaks in the Chugach Mountains. The name was given in 1939 in honor of the pioneers of the Matanuska agricultural colony of the mid-1930s.
Mount Redoubt on the Kenai Peninsula Alaska. One of Alaska’s most recently active volcanoes, Mount Redoubt has been known to provoke debris avalanches down to the shores of Cook Inlet and sprinkle ash as far away as Denali National Park. This dramatic peak lies amid one of the state’s plentiful scenic regions, a place of snow-capped volcanoes and sparkling ocean bays. Mount Redoubt lies in the Chigmit Mountains (part of the Aleutian Range) along the western shore of the Cook Inlet, an arm of the Gulf of Alaska, in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. The peak is roughly 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city, which sits near the head of Cook Inlet. The volcano rears about 10,200 feet above sea level, making it the highest peak in the Aleutian Range. The Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program suggests Redoubt is at close to 900,000 years old, built atop a much older granite foundation.
Harbor Opening – May 19 – 21
Seward Harbor Opening Weekend (SHOW) has been a local tradition for years, with businesses rolling out the red carpet in mid-to late May. Local residents get in on the action as well, swabbing decks and checking lines as we celebrate the arrival of the outdoor season to our shores.
Harbor activity abounds on Saturday and Sunday, when you can share in the blessing of the fleet, or watch the boat parade. Walk the docks and keep your eyes peeled for otter and sea lions who are hoping for their own fresh catch. Other activities in and around the marina include business open houses and specials.
It is the beginning of the season, so don’t forget to bring your boat with you and get that Coast Guard safety inspection done.