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Area Sport Fishing Reports

May 17, 2016

General information is available on seasonal fishing opportunities in Yakutat by clicking on the link at left; Information By Area,... and navigating through links for Yakutat,... Fishing Opportunities.

Additionally, if you are planning a trip, looking at the archived reports, via the links below, can give anglers some feel for the timing and availability of fish during past years.

Also, the recent year’s marine fishing harvest success data can be found by following the link above right, “marine harvest rates”.

Regulations for the Yakutat area and the rest of the state can be found online via the link below "fishing regulations", or free hard copy booklets can be obtained at most local tackle and outdoor stores in Alaska.

Situk Steelhead

  • A few fish are still coming into the lower river but for the most part the incoming run is over
  • A fair number of fresh fish came in early last week and have moved up to the mid reaches
  • Many fish have spawned and are moving out
  • High water conditions and then some clear hot weather have scattered the spawners into the shady spots
  • River temperature conditions are good for now
  • Fishing is still fair to good especially on cloudy days

Chinook trolling

  • Chinook catches in the bay have been Ok but spotty
  • Clear calm days made for some effort increases in recent days
  • Most fish have been in the medium to small size range

Halibut and lingcod

  • Halibut angling was good last week
  • Many boats reported limits of medium to large fish
  • Lingcod angling was reportedly slow
  • Lingcod season just opened on May 16

Cutthroat and Dolly Varden

  • Dolly Varden are abundant in the lower and middle sections of the Situk River
  • Some large Dollies are still up by the Confluence with The Old Situk River
  • Cutthroat trout are starting to move out of their spawning streams
  • Cutthroat will stage for a time in the larger holes before moving into the lower stream and estuary areas
  • Both trout and dollies are feeding on steelhead spawn and salmon fry and will take flies or lures that imitate those foods

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