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July 23, 2014
Freshwater Angling Update
Situk River- The Situk sockeye salmon run continues to be strong. Most pools have many bright fish in them on up to the 9 mile bridge. Water conditions are up a bit from recent low flows but still low and clear. Mid day water temps get warm on sunny days making angling better in morning and late evening.
Pink salmon are getting abundant in the lower river. A very few are also up at 9 mile bridge.
Dolly’s are still in the river but dispersed now out on spawning salmon locations. Look for dolly schools at the tail outs of pools behind spawning fish.
A coho salmon or two have been caught in the lower Situk but anglers should expect that late august is better timing for the start of good coho angling.
Sockeye angling on the East system and in the Akwe has been good this season. Low water conditions in both streams have caused fish to pool in the larger pools and avoid other areas.
Coho salmon angling in foreland streams should begin to be good in early September
Silver salmon angling gets better every day. Anglers are starting to get coho salmon farther up in the bay by the Islands.
Chinook angling is sporadic but still productive in areas by Khantak Island
Halibut angling remains strong. Large fish are coming in off of the outer moraine areas of Yakutat Bay and a mixture of smaller and medium sized ones in close by the islands.
Lingcod angling has improved as has effort for those fish.
Generally angling for all groundfish species will continue to be good into mid September for the Yakutat area.
Regulations require all chartered anglers to use a deepwater release device if they release non pelagic rockfish.
For further information, anglers can call Brian Marston at the ADF&G, Division of Sport Fish in Yakutat, at (907) 784-3222.