Monday, June 15, 2009

Gillnet gang goes west

Bowpickers raft in Whittier. Wesley Loy photo

Spent my Sunday afternoon over in Whittier, where I was surprised to see the harbor packed with gillnet boats you'd normally expect to find around the Copper River on the opposite side of Prince William Sound.

Some fishermen told me they came to the western Sound to pick up hatchery chum salmon, and maybe try for Main Bay sockeye.

It figures boats would move west, as the Copper River District was closed for most of last week.

1 comment:

Philip Munger said...


They've been doing this from about June 15th, since the Whittier Harbor was initially built, in 1973. That's 36 years.

The Area E fleet calls it "Coghll."