Area Sport Fishing Reports
July 1, 2020
Last week anglers reported good success rates in the local king salmon fishery. Anglers can expect another week or two of prime king salmon fishing before king salmon catch rates start to decline but coho catches being to increase. The regional king salmon regulations were updated on June 15th, increasing opportunity for anglers. The current regional king salmon regulations are listed below:
- Daily bag and possession limit of 3 king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
- Daily bag and possession limit of 1 king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
- Annual limit of 4 king salmon. Anglers are reminded that, when harvesting any species which has an annual limit they must immediately record the species, date, and location on their sport fishing license or on a harvest record card.
Nonretention Area: King salmon remains closed to retention in waters adjacent to the Stikine River (District 8) through July 14. Please see the most recent advisory announcement for a map with boundary descriptions: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm?ADFG=region.NR&Year=2020&NRID=2958
Hatchery Areas: Special regulations apply in the hatchery areas of Blind Slough/Wrangell Narrows and the City Creek release site. Please see the advisory announcement below for regulations in these hatchery areas: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm?ADFG=region.NR&Year=2020&NRID=2938
If you are looking for a roadside fishing opportunity king salmon are now arriving in force within the freshwaters of Blind Slough.
Dolly Varden and Trout
Now is a great time to fish for Dolly Varden and trout. In freshwater streams and lakes these species are active and aggressive. Try fishing around log jams, cut banks, eddy lines and confluences for some fast paced action. Check out our interactive map at wefishak for the Petersburg and Wrangell area to discover popular fishing locations and information on species run timing, fishing gear selections, and boat and angler access tips.
Dolly Varden and coastal cutthroat can also be found in marine nearshore areas as they cruise the shorelines, often feeding on juvenile salmon. Anglers may try fishing nearshore areas around the outlet of streams, within harbors and other marine shorelines.
Anglers have been reporting good success rates when fishing for halibut. Typically, halibut catch rates increase as we progress into the summer and peak in the early fall.
The sport fishery for lingcod is now open. Nonresident anglers are reminded that size limits are different between northern and southern Southeast Alaska. Please refer to the advisory announcement addressing lingcod to review the regulations for the area you intend to fish. For residents, lingcod regulations are the same across Southeast with a bag limit of 1 daily and 2 in possession with no size limit.
There have been some changes to rockfish regulations since the 2019 fishing season. Pelagic rockfish regulations remain the same with a daily bag limit of 5 and possession limit of 10 in the Petersburg, Wrangell, and Kake area. Slope rockfish species now have a daily bag and possession limit of 1. The demersal shelf rockfish species are closed to retention (including yelloweye). A helpful species identification guide has been published on the ADFG website. Please see current emergency orders for a full description of these management actions.
Anglers are reminded that a rockfish release device is now required to be used whenever releasing rockfish and a rockfish release device must be onboard your vessel whenever sport fishing in marine waters.
* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by following and reviewing the current State of Alaska Health Mandates in effect. This includes practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing and wearing a face covering when fishing and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 010.