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Current Sport Fish Area Fishing Report
July 22, 2014
Prince William Sound and the
Copper River Delta Area
Week of July 22 to July 28
Issued July 22, 2014
Regulation Reminders and Emergency Orders
• Permits are mandatory for all noncommercial shrimp fisherman. Permits are available at local Fish and Game offices and at select vendors.
• Ibeck Creek is closed to all sport fishing upstream from a point 3 miles above the Copper River Highway.
• Sockeye salmon fishing in the Eyak River is tapering off although anglers continue to catch a few fish at the weir.
• The Coghill River sockeye salmon run hasn’t been much to speak of this year.
• Sockeye fishing at Eshamy Creek is just starting to pick up. Please observe new freshwater/saltwater snagging boundary signs.
• No new reports from Jackpot Creek, but it should be doing pretty good by now…
Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling
• Cutthroat trout fishing continues to be good along the Copper River highway and in trout waters throughout PWS. Leech patterns, small spinners, and egg patterns are good options.
• Anglers are reminded to check the Prince William Sound regulations on the legal size limit for retained trout.
• Dolly Varden are present in many of the streams throughout Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta. Use fry/smolt imitation flies or small spinners at lake outlets or stream confluences. Egg patterns fished behind pink and chum salmon is a great approach to catching these fun fish.
Halibut, Lingcod, and Rockfish
• Halibut angling continues to be productive throughout most of the Sound and especially close to Whittier. Good numbers are coming out of the sound near Main Bay, Eshamy, and around Perry Island. The big ones continue to be caught most commonly in the gulf or near ocean entrances.
• Rockfish angling is quite productive with small jigs near rocky reefs.
• AND REMEMBER if you are targeting multiple species, target rockfish last, and use a deepwater release mechanism on all released rockfish (these devices can turn the chance of survival for a rockfish from near zero to near 100%!)
What’s deepwater release?
• It has been a good year for Lingcod fishing in Prince William Sound. Anglers have reported catching large lingcod in the southern parts of the sound… Some folks even having some luck in Blackstone. Large jigs fished 10 feet off the bottom near and on top of steep rocky ridges and reefs work quite well for lingcod.
• Silvers are just showing up all over and reports are trickling in from Whittier, Main Bay and most other usual spots. They should be biting this weekend!
• Anglers continue to report good catches of sockeye at Main Bay. Here is a link to the commercial fishery announcements for Prince William Sound:
• Pink salmon fishing continues to be productive at Allison Point with most anglers reporting catching their limits in a few hours.
• Anglers have been having good success closer to Whittier trolling and casting for pinks and silvers.
• Shrimping continues to be productive throughout the Sound with anglers reporting better catches with deeper sets; 350 - 600 ft.
• Don’t forget your shrimp permit – everyone needs one.