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Recent Resurrection Bay News Releases
August 26, 2014
North Gulf Coast Area
Week of August 26 to September 1
Issued August 26, 2014
Emergency Orders and regulation reminders
• Resurrection Bay is always closed to lingcod fishing.
• If you harvest a lingcod outside of Resurrection Bay you cannot fish in the bay on the way back to port.
• It is illegal to use a rockfish for bait while fishing for lingcod. If you catch a rockfish and a big lingcod grabs a hold of it – the lingcod must be released.
• It is also illegal to use a gaff on any fish that is intended to be released.
• Halibut fishing remains best in the North Gulf Coast waters outside of Resurrection Bay.
• Most boats head east out towards Prince William Sound.
• Silver salmon fishing in Resurrection Bay has been hot. Fish are being caught all over the head of the bay, from the lagoon outfall beach or from a boat, it has not mattered. One charter operator reported limiting the boat out (48 silvers) before 10:30 Sunday morning.
• A youth only Silver Salmon fishery opens this weekend in the Seward Lagoon and Lagoon outfall stream. This fishery is open only to anglers age 15 and younger, and is open August 29, 30, and 31. See page 58 of the South Central sport fishing regulation for more details.
• Feeder king salmon have been showing up in the catch in Resurrection Bay daily.
• Be sure to ID your salmon and know the difference between a feeder king and a sliver salmon. Especially if you want to enter it into the derby.
Other salt water fishing
• Lingcod fishing outside of Resurrection Bay continues to be good. Be sure your lingcod are of legal size.
• Rockfish are easy to catch and have a fairly conservative bag limit, so target your rockfish last.
• 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. Avoid venting rockfish intended for release. Vented rockfish do not survive as well as those released at capture depth. For details on deepwater release, see the ADF&G Rockfish Conservation webpage at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.rockfishconservation
• Study your rockfish identification, so you do not harvest more rockfish than they are allowed. Please read regulations and limits for the area that you are fishing.
• Check out page 63 of the 2014 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary for regulations on this fishery, and page 62 shrimp pot requirements. Permits can be obtained at the Fish House in Seward.
• See sport fishing regulations for details about legal gear and legal area. Fresh water fishing for salmon in the freshwaters of Resurrection Bay is limited. See the map on page 58 of the regulation booklet for details.
Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling
• Dolly Varden are now following the spawning salmon into streams. They can be fun to catch using a fly rod or tossing hardware with a spinning rod.
• 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, and call us for a positive ID.
• This is a great time of year hike into Lost Lake. Take your fishing rod and your berry basket. Catch some of those stocked rainbow trout, fill them full of wild blueberries and bake them.