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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Yakutat

October 01, 2018

Coho Salmon

Good numbers of coho continue to be seen in the Situk and Lost River systems, though the fisheries begin to slow down in October. The past week saw some rainfall which improved fishing conditions in the streams, but sunny and clear weather has returned which will likely continue challenge anglers. Temperatures have also cooled off considerably in the past week.

Coho continue to be caught off in the Ankau Lagoon, anglers are reminded that the bag limit for coho in the Ankau is 2 fish per day, 2 in possession.

Fishing continues to be good at remote fly-out systems like the Italio, Akwe, and Tsiu rivers.

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.

Other Marine Fishing

Halibut, lingcod, and pelagic rockfish fishing continues to be good in Yakutat marine waters, though the fisheries slow down in October with the onset of inclement weather.

Nonpelagic rockfish regulations for Southeast Alaska outside waters, including the Yakutat area:

  • Alaska Residents: 1 non-pelagic rockfish per day, 1 in possession, no size limit.
  • Nonresidents: 1 non-pelagic rockfish per day, 1 in possession, no size limit; annual limit of 1 yelloweye which must be recorded in ink on the back of the angler's sport fishing license or harvest record card immediately at the time of harvest.

Shrimp

NEW - Anglers are now required to obtain a free permit for sport, personal use, and subsistence shrimp harvest beginning Monday June 25, 2018. Print your own permit online at the ADF&G store or stop in at your local ADF&G office. This new permit requires anglers to report their harvest of shrimp and will allow ADF&G to collect more accurate shrimp harvest information from all noncommercial harvesters.

Please see the “Southeast Alaska Sport Fish Regulation Summary” or visit your local ADF&G office to see examples of rockfish release devices and learn about their use.

For further information, please contact the Yakutat Area Sport Fish management biologist: Matt Catterson at (907) 784-3222.

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