Lake Bay, Prince of Wales Island
We had to weave our way carefully into the anchorage, zigzagging through the maze of gillnets set in the waters from Coffman Cove to the entrance to Lake Bay. It was almost a game, with binoculars required, to spot which red buoy belongs to which boat. It’s important to match up boat with buoy, since there’s a net strung in between them. Some gillnetters keep one end of their net attached to the boat, others detatch from their net and drift away, or patrol back and forth between the red buoys at either end. Small white or yellow floats line the top of the net, but they’re hard to spot unless you are right on top of them and the water is flat calm… it was lumpy today.
After the gillnetters' opening ended we ran out in the skiff to see if there were any salmon left in the area. The good fishing put a smile on the Capt’s face and put 2 more salmon in the boat, a fat coho at 5:00 a.m. and a nice king at 5:00 p.m. We’ll be eating a lot of fish this week (never a problem)!
Check out what the salmon eat...........