As so proudly proclaimed by the welcome arch above Mission Street, Ketchikan is the salmon capital of world.

Thus it’s been great to see sport and commercial troll boats out fishing for king salmon in the Mountain Point and George Inlet area this week.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game opened Thomas Basin and the Mountain Point Area — which includes George and Carroll inlets — to sport fishing on Monday. That fishing period continues through June 14.

The department also opened the Mountain Point (Subdistrict 101-45) to commercial trolling on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Rock Point area (101-46) on Monday and Tuesday.

This week was sport anglers’ first crack at king salmon in the Ketchikan area since April 1, when most local waters were closed to the sport harvest of king salmon. Monday also marked the trollers’ first Ketchikan-area harvest opportunities of the 2020 spring troll season.

It’s been good to see boats back out on the water, pursuing the fish for which Ketchikan is famous. The excitement of “fish on” has returned, and in those moments, much is right in our world.