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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Yakutat

May 07, 2019

Check out the Yakutat Interactive Map to discover popular fishing locations and information on species run timing, fishing gear selections, and boat and angler access tips thru the Sport Fish gofishak application

Steelhead Trout

The steelhead run is in full swing on the Situk. Good numbers of fish are distributed throughout the watershed and recent rains should improve fishing conditions.

An early Spring and warm water conditions have moved fish onto the spawning grounds early. We encourage anglers not to target spawning fish and to take care to avoid stepping on redds while wading the river.

As a reminder, the upper Situk closure area, 2 miles upstream of 9-mile bridge and 2 miles downstream from Situk Lake, will be closed from April 15 to May 15.

King Salmon

Sport fishing for king salmon is open in Yakutat Area marine waters. Effort has been minimal over the last week and catch rates are fairly low, but fish are being brought to the docks.

The following regulations are now in effect through May 1st, 2020:

Residents:

  • Bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.

Nonresidents:

  • Bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
  • From January 1 through June 30, 2019 the nonresident annual limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
  • From July 1 through December 31, 2019 the nonresident annual limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested January 1 through June 30 will apply to the one fish annual limit
  • Nonresidents shall immediately record, in ink, all king salmon harvested either on the back of their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record.

Other Marine Fishing

Halibut

The halibut fishing is just getting started but catches from chartered anglers are good.

Lingcod

Lingcod season will start May 16th.

Pelagic Rockfish

  • Season: year round
  • Five per day; ten in possession

Non-pelagic Rockfish

  • Resident - One non-pelagic rockfish daily; possession limit of one fish.
  • Nonresident - One non-pelagic rockfish daily; possession limit of one fish; with an annual limit of one yelloweye rockfish.
  • Nonresident anglers must immediately record yelloweye rockfish harvested, in ink, either on the back of their sport fishing license, or on a nontransferable harvest record.
  • Persons sport fishing from a charter vessel when releasing non-pelagic rockfish, (e.g. after an angler reaches their bag limit), must be in possession of, and utilize a deep water release mechanism to return the fish to the depth it was hooked or to a depth of at least 100 feet.
  • Charter operators and crew members may not retain non-pelagic rockfish while clients are on board the vessel.

Retention of nonpelagic rockfish is prohibited in all Southeast Outside waters from July 25 through August 31. All vessels in Southeast Outside waters during this time must have a functional deep water release mechanism on board while fishing (regardless of target species) and all nonpelagic rockfish must be released at depth of capture or at least 100 feet.

Anglers are encouraged to use a rockfish release device whenever releasing nonpelagic rockfish. 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.

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

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