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Area Sport Fishing Reports
January 15, 2015
Winter ocean fishing
in the Yakutat area can be productive for winter kings from October on into spring. Winter kings will often congregate and feed in the inner coves of Yakutat Bay. Weather conditions are typically adverse and picking your days will guide your success. Halibut fishing is also productive on occasion during the winter months.
More information is available on winter fishing opportunities by clicking on the link to the left, Information By Area,... and navigating through links for Yakutat,... Fishing Opportunities,... and Yakutat Bay Salmon, Halibut, and Steelhead.
Fall and winter reports for freshwaters
Fall and winter freshwater fishing in the Yakutat area is primarily focused on steelhead in the Situk River. Fish reports posted as Steelhead Updates will be intermittent throughout the winter months as conditions change.
Steelhead angling was productive again last week as the temperatures warmed up by mid week. On Tuesday this week some heavy rains started and have yet to let up much, driving up the river flow rate. Angling is more difficult now and fish are spread out, or have moved up river to the lake. Rain is expected for the rest of the week and into the weekend. A day or two of clear weather will be needed to bring the flows back down to easily fishable levels. All roads are open for now.
Weather conditions in Yakutat in the fall and winter can limit your access to the Situk River. Anglers should be prepared for potential weather related delays and be aware that roads may become totally impassable any time after October 1st due to heavy rains and or snow. Impassable road conditions may not be repaired until spring.
For further information, anglers can call Brian Marston at the ADF&G, Division of Sport Fish in Yakutat, at (907) 784-3222.