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Prince William Sound Management Area
Overview

The Prince William Sound Management Area includes all coastal marine waters between Cape Fairfield in the west and Cape Suckling in the east, and all freshwater drainages that flow into these waters. In addition to what is normally thought of as Prince William Sound, this area also includes the Copper River downstream from Haley Creek, the Copper River Delta, and the Bering River.

Excellent information on where and when to fish can be found in the Prince William Sound Fishing Report

Sport fisheries in Prince William Sound target five species of Pacific Salmon, several species of groundfish (halibut, rockfish and lingcod), shrimp and clams, as well as cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden. These fisheries depend primarily on wild stocks. However, six private non-profit hatcheries contribute significantly to several salmon fisheries, and state hatcheries support fisheries in three stocked lakes and king salmon fisheries in Valdez, Cordova, and Whittier.

Fishing PWSPrince William Sound area fisheries offer a full range of fishing opportunities and experiences from remote fly-in catch and release trout fishing in the Special Management Area for Trout east of the Copper River, to the popular road accessible pink salmon fishery at Allison Point in Valdez. Most of the fisheries in Prince William Sound are accessible only by boat or plane, with roadside fishing opportunities limited to Valdez and Cordova. Access for disabled anglers is available for trout, pink, coho, and king salmon in these areas. While boaters may drive to the ports of Valdez and Whittier to launch their vessels, many anglers prefer to use charter operators to access popular marine fisheries. Fly-in trips are another good way to fish in Prince William Sound. Whether it's a day trip, camping out, or taking advantage of the USFS cabins throughout Prince William Sound, flying can get anglers to those remote sites for a truly memorable Alaskan fishing experience.