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Recent Resurrection Bay News Releases
Sport Fish Area Fishing Report
Current Sport Fish Area Fishing Report
July 29, 2014
North Gulf Coast Area
Week of July 29 to August 4
Issued July 29, 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 continues to be good in the North Gulf Coast waters outside of Resurrection Bay. Most boats head east out towards Prince William Sound; be different and head west. Nuka Bay is a good hot spot, but travel time is greater.
• Inside Resurrection Bay, keep your bait on the bottom and be patient.
• Silver salmon fishing in the North Gulf Coast has switched focus from the Pony Cove area to Day Harbor and the coast line towards Prince William Sound.
• Inside Resurrection Bay, try trolling for silver salmon around the islands using herring as bait.
• 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.
Other salt water fishing
• Lingcod fishing outside of Resurrection Bay is best at the Chiswells or east near Prince William Sound. Try fishing the headlands to the west for lingcod.
• 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 2013 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.
Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling
• Dolly Varden might be tough to find in fresh water right now.
• 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.
• Try Rainbow trout fishing at Troop Lake this week. Signs to this lake can be seen at about mile 12.5 on the Seward Highway.