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Area Sport Fishing Reports
September 01, 2015
Regulation Reminders and Emergency Orders
- King Salmon limits: 1 per day, 1 in possession. There is no annual or seasonal king salmon limit in effect, and there is no king salmon harvest recording requirement.
- Salmon (except king salmon) limits: 6 per day, 6 in possession.
- In Resurrection Bay, Salmon (other than king salmon) have a bag and possession limit of six fish, of which all six may be coho salmon; no size limit. Outside of Resurrection, Salmon (other than king salmon) bag and possession limit of six fish, of which only three per day and in possession may be coho salmon; no size limit.
- A person may possess only the limit of fish allowed for the water on which that person is fishing (see page 7 SC Sport Fishing Regulations). For example, possession of more than 3 coho salmon outside Resurrection Bay (south of a line from Aialik Cape to Cape Resurrection) exceeds the North Gulf Coast salt waters possession limit for this species. It is illegal to fish for any species in these waters with more than 3 coho salmon in your possession.
- Lingcod fishing opened up on July 1 in the North Gulf Coast… but remains closed in Res. Bay. If you catch a rockfish and a big lingcod grabs a hold of it – the lingcod must be released. For more details see regulation 5AAC75.026.
- For additional information about regulations in the North Gulf Coast Area look in the 2015 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary. These are available at all the Fish and Game offices as well as most places that sell fishing gear.
- Sport fishing regulations for Pacific halibut in Alaska are developed on the international, federal and state levels by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), NOAA Fisheries (NMFS), and the State of Alaska's Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).
- Halibut are federally managed. View National Marine Fisheries Service webpage to learn more. http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/halibut/sport.htm
- To get a summary of the NEW 2015 regulations concerning Halibut; http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/halibut/charter/factsheet2015.pdf
- Halibut fishing has been good in the North Gulf Coast this year, even with effort winding down. Fishermen have been reporting picking up a few fish close to Seward, but to get into good numbers and larger halibut fishermen are traveling farther from port. Large halibut are still coming from the Chiswell Islands or outer Prince William Sound. Many fishermen report losing patience for halibut fishing and switching gear towards salmon. Halibut should be starting to move in closer following the salmon so keep your bait on the bottom and be patient.
- The king salmon limit in Resurrection Bay is now one per day, any size. Fishing has slowed way down, although a few are still being picked up. Kings are being caught while fishing for silvers. So make sure you know how to identify a king salmon. Often fishermen that are targeting kings cannot keep the silvers off their setup long enough to find the kings.
- In Resurrection Bay, Salmon (other than king salmon) have a bag and possession limit of six fish, of which all six may be coho salmon; no size limit.
- Outside of Resurrection, Salmon (other than king salmon) bag and possession limit of six fish, of which only three per day and in possession may be coho salmon; no size limit. See regulation section for more details.
- Fishermen are reporting fairly good catches of silver salmon in the Seward Area (See “Other Salmon” for bag and possession limits). Fish are being picked up around Caines Head and Pony cove. Fishermen are picking them by trolling or mooching near schools of bait balls. A few silvers are being caught from the Seward shore and should be picking up. If fishing from shore be patient and try casting bright colored spinners like vibrax.
Chum and Pinks
- Fishermen are reporting catches of pinks mixed in with the silvers in the Seward Area (See “Other Salmon” for bag and possession limits). Pinks have slowed a little from past weeks. These are also being caught from shore if you are trying to participate in ADF&G’s five salmon family challenge. These will also make a good table fair if caught before they get colored up.
Other salt water fishing
- In Resurrection Bay, lingcod is closed year around.
- Lingcod fishing, except in Resurrection Bay opened July 1 and will remain open until December 31. The limit is 1 per day, 1 in possession, must be at least 35 inches long with head attached or 28 inches from tip of tail to front of dorsal fin with head removed. Lingcod which are gaffed must be retained. Fishermen have been reporting low catches, although fishermen that travel out to Chiswell Island and further are having greater success.
- Also, we have had quite a few reports of spiny dogfish schools, so don’t be surprised if you get into them…
- Fishing Tip: A gaff may not be used to puncture and fish intended or required to be released.
- Rockfish are easy to catch and have a fairly conservative bag limit, so target your rockfish last. Many fishermen are catching their rockfish incidentally while fishing for other species.
- The rockfish daily bag limit is 4 per day, of which only 1 may be a non-pelagic (demersal) rockfish.
- Use deepwater release methods to release incidentally caught rockfish. For details, see the ADF&G Rockfish Conservation webpage at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.rockfishconservation
- Fishing Tip: Don’t forget the first two non-pelagic rockfish caught must be retained. It might be a good idea to fish for your rock fish last.
- Pacific cod fishing has been excellent. People caught these incidentally while trolling for salmon. They also make a good table fair.
- There have been no reports from the personal-use shrimp pot fishery. This fishery is now open in the entire North Gulf Coast area from Cape Fairfield to Gore Point. To participate in the fishery you must be an Alaska resident with a current sport fishing license or ADF&G Permanent ID card, and a North Gulf Coast shrimp pot fishery permit. Permits can be obtained at the Anchorage, Homer, or Soldotna ADF&G offices.
- Check out page 10 of the 2015 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary for regulations on this fishery.
- Resurrection River downstream of the Seward Highway and Nash Road opened June 16 (see SC regulation pg 78 for additional details) to salmon fishing. Only unbaited, single-hook, artificial lures are allowed. The limit is 3 salmon per day, and only 3 in possession of which only 2 may be silver salmon.
- All other freshwaters in Resurrection Bay are closed to salmon fishing.
Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling
- Fish for Dolly Varden around creek mouths, especially creeks where pink and chum salmon spawn.
- Use small silver spoons or spinners or, if you are fly-fishing, try a pattern that imitates salmon fry.
- Northern pike are not native to Southcentral Alaska. Please report the capture of any pike in unconfirmed waters to ADF&G. Do not release any pike you have caught.
- Check the ADF&G Sport Fish website for stocking updates.
- “bag limit” means the maximum number of animals of anyone game species a person may take in a unit or portion of a unit in which the taking occurs
- “possession limit” means prepared for immediate consumption or prepared in such a manner, and in an existing state of preservation, as to be fit for human consumption after a 15-day period.