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Sport Fish Area Fishing Report
Sitka

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Current Sport Fish Area Fishing Report

September 27, 2013


The Sitka marine creel sampling program has concluded for the season.  While the summer season is behind us there are still some great fishing opportunities through the fall and winter.



Sport Fisheries in the Sitka Area
 


King Salmon
Although less abundant than in the summer, king salmon can be caught in the marine waters surrounding Sitka throughout the winter.  From October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014; resident sport anglers may use two rods while fishing for king salmon; a resident using two rods may only retain king salmon.
 

For all anglers, the bag and possession limit is 1 king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
There is no annual limit for Alaska resident anglers.
For non-resident anglers, an annual harvest limit and recording requirement is in effect:
• Through June 30, a non-resident's annual harvest limit is 3 king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
• From July 1 through July 15, the annual harvest limit will decrease to 2 king salmon 28 inches or more in length, and all king salmon harvested earlier in the year apply toward the 2 fish harvest limit.
• Starting July 16 and through the end of the year, the annual harvest limit will be 1 king salmon 28 inches or more in length, and all king salmon harvested earlier in the year apply toward the 1 fish harvest limit.
• Immediately upon landing and retaining a king salmon, non-residents must record the species, date, and location, in ink, on the back of their fishing license or harvest record card.


Coho Salmon
As coho salmon continue moving toward freshwater spawning grounds expect marine catch rates to decline.  While run timing can vary between individual drainages coho salmon can generally be found in freshwaters between mid-August and November.  Freshwater coho salmon fishing can be an exciting fall activity.
 

Dolly Varden and Trout
Fishing for Dolly Varden and trout can be excellent in the fall as these species take advantage of the avaliablity of salmon eggs in  freshwater.  When fishing for trout be sure to check the "2013 Southeast Alaska Sport Fish Regulation Summary" to understand regulations for the waterbody you intend to fish. Regulations regarding size limits, bag limits and the use of bait can vary by waterbody.  Dolly Varden and trout can be targeted year round but become less active in the winter months.
 

Halibut
Season: February 1- December 31
Charter operators and crew members may not retain halibut while clients are on board the vessel.
The Sitka sound special use area is closed to the retention of halibut by chartered anglers between June 1 and August 31.

Lingcod
Size limits vary between Yakutat, Northern Southeast and Southern Southeast areas. For a description of these boundaries, please follow the link to emergency orders located at the bottom of this page.
 

Northern Southeast area (including the Sitka area)
Season: May 16 –November 30
Limits:
Resident – one daily two in possession, no size limit.
Nonresident – one daily, one in possession, size limit: 30 inches or greater in length and less than 35 inches in length, or 55 inches or greater in length. Annual limit of 2 fish, one of which is 30 to 35 inches in length, one of which is 55 inches or greater in length,nonresident anglers shall immediately record, in ink, all lingcod harvested either on the back of their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record.
Charter operators and crew members may not retain lingcod while clients are on board the vessel.
 

Rockfish
Season: year round
All non-pelagic rockfish caught must be retained until the daily bag limit is reached. Daily bag and possession limits vary between southeast outside waters and southeast inside waters. For a description of these boundaries, please follow the link to emergency orders located at the bottom of this page. Persons sport fishing from a charter vessel when releasing non-pelagic rockfish, (e.g. after an angler reaches their bag limit), must be in possession of, and utilize a deep water release mechanism to return the fish to the depth it was hooked or to a depth of at least 100 feet. Charter operators and crew members may not retain non-pelagic rockfish while clients are on board the vessel.

Southeast Outside Waters:
Resident – two non-pelagic rockfish daily, only one of which may be a yelloweye; possession limit of four fish, two of which may be yelloweye.
Nonresident – daily bag limit is two non-pelagic rockfish only one of which may be a yelloweye; possession limit of four fish, one of which may be yelloweye; with an annual limit of one yelloweye rockfish. Nonresident anglers must immediately record all yelloweye rockfish harvested, in ink, either on the back of their sport fishing license, or on a nontransferable harvest record.

Southeast Inside Waters:
Resident – daily bag limit is three non-pelagic rockfish only one of which may be a yelloweye, possession limit of six fish, two of which may be yelloweye.
Nonresident – daily bag limit is two non-pelagic rockfish only one of which may be a yelloweye, possession limit of four fish, two of which may be yelloweye, with an annual limit of two yelloweye rockfish. Nonresident anglers must immediately record all yelloweye rockfish harvested, in ink, either on the back of their sport fishing license, or on a nontransferable harvest record.



All anglers are responsible for knowing the current regulations for the area that they will be fishing. Regulation summaries and copies of the most recent regulatory changes are available at the Sitka ADF&G office and online.
For further information, please feel free to contact the Sitka area management biologist: Troy Tydingco (907) 747-5379, or assistant Sitka area management biologist: Patrick Fowler (907) 747-5380.
 

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