Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 08, 2023
An excellent resource for planning a trip is the gofishak interactive map for Yakutat which provides information on popular fishing locations, species run timing, fishing gear selections and boat and angler access.
Steelhead fishing is winding down as most fish have exited the system.
Red salmon are passing the Situk weir in good numbers for this time of year. So far the crew has counted over 1,300 fish through June 7th, and this doesnt include the sockeye that migrated upstream undetected when the weir was pulled due to high water over Memorial Day weekend. Department staff observed somewhere close to 1,000 fish holding below the weir downstream to the mouth while delivering supplies to the weir on Tuesday. Fishing should be good right now with the abundance of fish below the weir and lack of fishing effort currently, and should only improve in the next coming weeks.
Dolly Varden fishing is good throughout the Situk river right now.
Sportfishing for king salmon is open in Yakutat area marine waters. King fishing this last week has been excellent. Fishing should be peaking over the next month. Locations showing better success this week have been Kahntaak Island, Monti Bay, Johnstone Pass, and the log dump area. Bait is scattered throughout Yakutat Bay. Most anglers troll spoons or herring behind a flasher in about 40-80 feet of water.
Anglers are required to have a king salmon stamp when targeting king salmon.
Reports from anglers over the last week indicate a little better fishing for halibut. Better weather over the weekend helped out anglers in getting out to the fish. Fishing should improve as spring/summer progress.
Fishing for lingcod has been good. Try using jigs, darts, or mooch cut-plug herring near rocky structures or pinnacles.
Fishing for rockfish should be excellent in the Yakutat area. Try working small jigs or darts or mooching herring near any rocky structures or pinnacles under the water for the best results.
For further information, please get in touch with the Yakutat Area Sport Fish management biologist Jason Pawluk at (907) 784-3222.