Fish Summary – Species
Our family’s boats, the 42′ Lucky Dove and 58′ Stanley K, commercial fish year round for sockeye salmon, halibut, and cod as they migrate through the pristine, nutrient-rich waters surrounding the Aleutian Islands.
In June and July, sockeye salmon return from their journey to spawn in the rivers. We catch the salmon by gill-net near the small villages of False Pass and Port Moller on the Alaska Peninsula. For salmon season, Peter and Claire manage the deck work of the Lucky Dove, captained by Claire’s father, Buck.
August and September mean “longline” season for us – catching primarily halibut and some cod. These fish live deep on the ocean floor near ridges or rock piles. We set a continuous line of hooks on the bottom of the ocean, then haul up our line to catch one fish at a time. Halibut range in size from 10 to 400-plus pounds (ask Claire, she caught one). For this season, Claire’s sister Emma joins us on deck and we fish from False Pass to Dutch Harbor. These months are generally the nicest weather and we enjoy the lush, green scenery in the Aleutians.
Pacific cod are caught primarily in the fall and winter. Peter works on the Laukitis family’s larger boat, the 58′ Stanley K, using six-foot square “pots” or “traps” to catch the cod on the ocean bottom. The cod are generally between 7 and 10 pounds, but Peter will be glad to tell you about some of the big ones he has caught. The cod grounds stretch from False Pass to Adak–the westernmost village of the Aleutians. This is Peter’s favorite fishery, as he enjoys the steady pace and the workout involved in moving the big, heavy pots.