Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
November 19, 2014
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
Fall and winter 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 slowed a bit last week with some cold temperatures and effort picked up a bit. More fish have now moved up river and are in the upper sections above 9 mile bridge. Anglers report good luck with jig and bobber gear and a few on small nymph patterns, especially in the clear, low, and cold water. Rains on the 19th have brought the river up to high flow conditions. Fishing the upper river is more difficult for now but conditions will improve if the water drops.
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.