Area Sport Fishing Reports
October 9, 2019
An excellent resource for trip planning is the Yakutat Interactive Map which provides information on fishing locations, species run timing, fishing gear, and angler access.
Good numbers of coho are still coming into the Lost River and Tawah Creek, though the Situk run is winding down with few fish being seen in the lower river. Fishing conditions remain good in Yakutat area streams, but temperatures have cooled off considerably and heavy rainfall is forecasted for later this week.
Dolly Varden and other Trout
This is an excellent time for marine and freshwater anglers to target trout species in the Yakutat area. Dolly Varden, cutthroat, and rainbow trout can be found in area streams and some nearshore areas. Freshwater anglers may find trout in areas also being used by spawning salmon.
The Situk River weir was pulled on August 11th. The total 2019 Situk River sockeye count was 72,561, counts can be viewed at the ADF&G Fish Counts website.
The total 2019 Situk River count of large king salmon was 623.
Sport fishing for king salmon remains closed in the Situk River.
Sport fishing for king salmon is open in Yakutat Area marine waters for resident anglers.
The following regulations are now in effect:
- Bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
- Retention of king salmon by nonresidents is prohibited August 1 through August 15, 2019.
- Bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;
- From August 16 through December 31, 2019, the annual harvest limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested earlier in 2019 apply toward the one fish annual harvest limit;
Immediately upon retaining a king salmon a nonresident must enter the species, date and location, in ink, on the back of their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record.
Other Marine Fishing
Halibut, Lingcod, and Rockfish
With October approaching saltwater sport fisheries are wrapping up. Anglers are still catching halibut, lingcod, and rockfish, but fishing effort has decreased significantly with the onset of more inclement weather.
Regulation summaries and the most recent regulatory changes are available online and at the Yakutat ADF&G office, most local tackle and outdoor stores in Alaska.
For further information, please contact the Yakutat Area Sport Fish management biologist: Matt Catterson at (907) 784-3222