Area Sport Fishing Reports
Prince William Sound
Archived Sport Fishing Report
September 14, 2023
General Area Description: includes all waters between Cape Fairfield and Cape Suckling.
Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char
- Pipeline lakes (Cordova) are a fun spot for catching cutthroat trout. It’s a nice short hike with lots of locations to try and cast a line.
- Dolly Varden are entering streams in good numbers throughout the Prince William Sound and on the Copper River Delta. Dolly Varden can be targeted by fishing bright streamers or egg patterns.
- Coho salmon are spread throughout most of the creeks on the Copper River Delta. Catch have been consistently good on Ibeck Creek near the highway bridge and in Alaganik Slough. Fishing has been slower on the Eyak River due to heavy rain in the past few weeks.
- Remember: Effective June 1 - September 30, Eyak River Special Regulations are in effect. From a point 200 yards upstream from the Eyak Lake dam/weir to a point 200 yards downstream from the bridge at the outlet of Eyak Lake only single hook, artificial flies with a hook gap of 3/8 inch or less between point and shank are allowed. In addition, no additional weight may be attached to your line.
Halibut fishing has slowed down for the season as halibut make their migration offshore and into deeper water. Anglers are having to spend extra time to catch halibut and most of the halibut have been smaller this late in the season.
Lingcod season opened on July 1. Fishing has been good near the outer portions of Prince William Sound, although marine weather has made traveling to good lingcod locations difficult.
- By emergency order, rockfish limits have been reduced to three fish per day, six in possession of which only one per day, one in possession can be a nonpelagic rockfish. As of July 1, yelloweye rockfish can now be retained as part of your bag limit.
- For rockfish species identification information visit our website.
- Large schools of pelagic rockfish can be found near the ocean entrances and coastal outside waters of Prince William Sound. Fishing for pelagic rockfish has slowed down inside Prince William Sound.
- The sport and subsistence shrimp season will close on September 15. Harvest must be reported by October 15.
- In 2023, the limit is three pots per vessel but only two pots in areas in the vicinity of Whittier and Valdez. See emergency order 2-SHR-6-16-23 and the map that accompanies your permit for area specifics.
King salmon fishing in the saltwater has been slow to fair. Anglers have reported the catch of an occasional king salmon around Glacier Island. Fish are also being caught sporadically throughout Prince William Sound for anglers that are trolling. Try fishing a small to medium-sized herring behind a flasher.
- Coho (silver) are being caught throughout Prince William Sound. Fishing continues to be good throughout the Port of Valdez. Catches have been good near Pigot Bay and Passage Canal in Western Prince William Sound, but fishing from shore has been slow near Whittier.
- Shore anglers are catching good numbers of coho salmon in the Port of Valdez including at Allison Point. Try casting large spinners or spoons near Allison Point.
- Coho salmon fishing at Fleming Spit (Cordova) has been good and there have been large schools of Coho in the Fleming Spit lagoon. Anglers reported that flies or bait were performing better than spinners or spoons.
- Remember the Cordova Terminal Harvest Area is closed to snagging from June 1 - September 30.
- Blueberry and Thompson lakes and Ruth Pond (Valdez area) were stocked this summer with rainbow trout. Lake trout are also present Blueberry Lake.
- With nights getting longer and cooler, fishing should heat up in Blueberry and Thompson Lakes.
Please review the emergency orders and advisory announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-SHR-6-16-23 reduced the number of shrimp pots allowed to harvest shrimp in the Prince William Sound noncommercial shrimp fishery. The pot limit per person and per vessel has been reduced to three pots; however, of those three pots only two pots can be set in areas of historical high effort including areas near the Port of Valdez, near the Port of Whittier, and in portions of Port Wells and Culross Passage. This emergency order is in effect through 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2023.
- Emergency Order 2-RF-6-21-23 reduced the rockfish bag and possession limits in Prince William Sound to three per day and six in possession of which only one per day, one in possession can be nonpelagic.
Don’t forget to purchase your 2023 sport fishing license and king stamp! You can purchase your 2023 sport fishing license and king stamp through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review emergency orders, advisory announcements, and the 2023 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing in before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the Anchorage Area Office at (907) 267-2218.