Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
August 25, 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.
Pink salmon fishing is still excellent in the Situk River. The best area to fish right now is in the lower river. The pinks have started turning so get them fresher while you can.
Coho fishing is good on the Situk River right now. Water levels have been very fishable this week and are currently around 160 cfs. Rain is expected today on Friday and then later next week which should keep water levels good for anglers. Pinks still overwhelmingly outnumber coho but with more coho in the river anglers are coming away with their two fish bag limits. The best area to fish would is still the lower river, however the middle river has fish as well if you can get there.
Sportfishing for king salmon is open in Yakutat area marine waters. King fishing is pretty slow. A lot of small "shaker" (sub-legal) fish have been caught and released this last week and are throughout the area so anglers should be aware and measure their kings accordingly. The best location to get into a king would be inside the islands near Log Dump or Johnstone Pass. Most anglers troll spoons or herring behind a flasher in about 40-80 feet of water along the shoreline or around pinnacles.
- Anglers are required to have a king salmon stamp when targeting king salmon.
- All king salmon less than 28" must be released.
Fishing for coho continues to be excellent this last week in the salt water. The best fishing has been on the outside of Kahntaak Island, and near Point Munoz and Ocean Cape. Fishing is decent inside the islands as well. Limits are being caught. Anglers are trolling herring, spoons, and hoochies with flashers, or you can mooch for them once you find a school. Anglers should be able to identify the different salmon species so as not to inadvertently or illegally keep a king salmon.
Fishing for pink salmon has slowed during the past week. Fish continue to be seen jumping within the bay and the islands, and along the shorelines. Fishing should be best near the mouths of streams. Try pitching lures near the mouths of streams or in coves along Yakutat Bay.
Reports from anglers over the last week indicate fishing for halibut is continues to be a struggle. The biggest issue this week has been dogfish. They have moved back into the area and are affecting success rates for halibut. The majority of halibut being caught conitnue to be smaller, but some nice ones have been brought in this last week. As the pink and coho salmon move further into Yakutat Bay fishing for halibut should improve within the islands.
Fishing for lingcod continues to be excellent. Try using jigs, darts, or mooching cut-plug herring near rocky structures or pinnacles.
Fishing for rockfish is 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.