Regional Reports-West

Cordova

The town of Cordova means can't-miss salmon. Chinook salmon swim throughout Prince William Sound in June and July, with the fish running 20 to 40 pounds. Then, starting in early July, good numbers of sockeye (red) salmon run in the Eyak River, right through Cordova. Sport-fishing charter boats at the Cordova Boat Harbor cost about $50 per person for half-day trips to about $100 per angler for all-day excursions. Charters usually provide tackle; most anglers use downriggers and cut-plug herring trolled behind flashers for the hungry kings. Once you take your limit of kings, head to the Eyak River for sockeyes. The 6- to 12-pound sockeyes hit small streamers, or you can go after them with spinning tackle and small spinners and Pixie spoons. Focus on the lower five miles of the Eyak. Contact: Cordova Chamber of Commerce (907-424-7260); Alaska Department of Fish and Game (907-424-3212).