Area Sport Fishing Reports
North Gulf Coast/Resurrection Bay
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 14, 2023
General Area Description: Salt waters within 200 miles of shore from the longitude of Gore Point to the longitude of Cape Fairfield. All fresh waters between Gore Point and Cape Fairfield.
Dipnetting for hooligan (smelt) will close on June 15.
Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden
- Dolly Varden and rainbow trout fishing remains slow. However, salmon fry are starting to move, and Dolly Varden have been reported at the mouth of a few Seward creeks.
- Casting small spinners and spoons off the beach can provide some good action when Dolly Varden and rainbow trout are present. If you are fly fishing, fry and smolt patterns are good to use in Seward area streams.
- The Resurrection River, downstream of the Seward Highway and Nash Road to the ADF&G markers will open to salmon fishing (except king salmon) on Friday, June 16th. Only unbaited, single hook, artificial lures or flies are allowed. Snagging is NOT permitted in freshwater.
- The Youth fishery for king salmon at the Seward Lagoon and Outfall stream (also known as Scheffler Creek) opens June 17th and goes through June 30th. Anglers who are 15 years of age and younger will have a chance to fish for king salmon in the Seward Lagoon and Outfall stream. Only one hook (single or treble) per line may used; artificial lures and bait are legal. The bag limit for king salmon is 2 per day, 2 in possession (no size limit). Snagging is NOT permitted in the Seward Lagoon and Outfall Stream. This youth-fishery will continue to improve towards the end of June as kings make their way into the lagoon.
Port sampling efforts have begun in Seward. Please assist our port sampling program by returning to the harbor with whole groundfish or carcasses and allowing ADF&G technicians to sample your harvest when requested. Data collected from the sport harvest is needed to manage and maintain healthy fisheries. We appreciate you supporting the port sampling program and your assistance in getting managers information that aids in managing fisheries in Southcentral.
- Halibut fishing has been reported as fair to good for anglers traveling outside of Resurrection Bay, when weather allows. Larger halibut are beginning to show up decent numbers in the North Gulf Coast outside of Resurrection Bay.
- Halibut are occasionally being caught inside Resurrection Bay. Try near the mouth of Tonsina Creek, Caines and Callisto Heads, and Hat Island.
Lingcod season is closed until July 1.
- By emergency order, rockfish limits have been reduced to three fish per day, six in possession of which only one per day, two in possession can be a nonpelagic rockfish. For rockfish species identification information visit our website.
- A variety of rockfish are being caught near the entrance of Resurrection Bay. Fishing for pelagic rockfish has been good over rocky pinnacles and near points that receive large amounts of wave action.
- Anglers are still reporting good catches of Pacific (gray) cod throughout North Gulf Coast outside of Resurrection Bay. Many anglers targeting halibut are also bringing back Pacific cod.
- Fishing for Pacific cod, pollock, and a variety of other groundfish species has been good inside Resurrection Bay. Try fishing a small chunk of herring right off the bottom near the Sea Life Center, the mouth of Lowell (waterfall) Creek, or off Lowell Point.
- Sockeye salmon are being caught daily at the mouth of Resurrection River. Fishing continues to be highly variable day to day for shore anglers in the saltwater both off the mouth of Resurrection River and outside Spring Creek. Some days have been more productive with bag limits getting caught while other days anglers are having to put more time in.
- King salmon are being caught inside Resurrection Bay with occasional limits. King salmon are being caught as close as Caines Head and Derby Cove. Hatchery king salmon bound for the Seward Lagoon can be picked up trolling herring or spoons at depths of 30-90 feet.
- A few king salmon are starting to get picked up from shore at the Seward lagoon outflow (the culvert) but it’s been slow.
- First Lake was stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout this spring. Schools of rainbow trout are still being observed in First Lake from the May stocking. Small spinners or single eggs under a bobber are both good options to try.
- Troop Lake rainbow trout should be hungry and aggressive. For those willing to make the easy 1-mile hike, try casting spinners or spoons from where the trail meets the lake.
- Emergency Order 2-RF-7-20-23 reduces the rockfish bag and possession limits in North Gulf Coast/Resurrection Bay to three per day and six in possession of which only one per day, two 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.