Area Sport Fishing Reports
July 2, 2020
* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by following and reviewing the current State of Alaska Health Mandates in effect. This includes practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing and wearing a face covering when fishing and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 010.
King salmon fishing in the Situk River is Closed.
Fishing for red salmon is good right now on the Situk River. Good numbers of fish have passed the weir in the past week. Fishing continues to be good below the weir down to the Lower Landing with the majority of fish being caught there. Fishing has improved upstream of the weir with over 14 thousand fish spread out throughout the upper part of the river now. With the recent increased passage of fish, the sockeye run is tracking to achieve the escapement goal. Fishing should be continue to be good.
Sport fishing for king salmon is open in Yakutat Area marine waters. Sport fishing in marine waters is slowing down for king salmon. Catch rates have decreased some since the first half of June. Anglers are having the best success inside Yakutat Bay trolling green label herring behind flashers. Fish have been caught in Broken Oar Cove, Redfield Cove, and near Knight Island.
The halibut fishing continues to be very good. Large fish are being brought in daily. Fishing has been the best out front at the entrance to Yakutat Bay near Ocean Cape, but also inside Yakutat Bay. Fishing should continue to improve over the course of the summer. Soaking salted herring, octopus or pink salmon works the best.
Lingcod fishing has picked up some. Try using rubber tube jigs over pinnacles.
Fishing for rockfish has been good. Lots of black rockfish have been caught over pinnacles and reefs during the last week. Try using metal jigs or mooching herring.
For further information, please contact the Yakutat Area Sport Fish management biologist: Jason Pawluk at (907) 784-3222.