Area Sport Fishing Reports
North Gulf Coast/Resurrection Bay
Archived Sport Fishing Report
August 25, 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.
Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden
- Dolly Varden and rainbow trout fishing has been good and it will continue to improve into the fall. Dolly Varden making their spawning migration are following in the variety of salmon species entering the creeks in Seward.
- Egg and flesh patterns will be effective for Dolly Varden and rainbow trout as salmon begin to spawn in Seward area streams.
- The Resurrection River, downstream of the Seward Highway and Nash Road to the ADF&G markers opened 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.
- Coho (silver) salmon fishing in freshwater is still slow in freshwater. Salmon are closer to town, and fish in Resurrection River should start to pick up in the coming weeks.
- The Seward Lagoon and Outfall Stream opened to fishing for coho salmon for anglers 15 years of age or younger on Friday, August 25th and goes through Thursday, September 7th. Spinners and bait are both good options. Coho (silver) salmon fishing will improve as it gets later into this youth-fishery.
Port sampling efforts are ongoing 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 good to excellent. On good weather days, boats fishing in the outer waters have returned with larger halibut. Halibut fishing is at its peak inside Resurrection Bay and anglers are finding small halibut in the bay on poor weather days. Halibut will be attracted to salmon carcasses flushing out of area streams. When fishing in Resurrection Bay, try soaking bat on the bottom near the mouth of Tonsina Creek, Caines and Callisto Heads, and Hat Island.
Lingcod season opened on July 1. Fishing for Lingcod continues to be good late into the summer. Lingcod have been very aggressive and can be caught by actively jigging the water column from top to bottom over rocky pinnacles.
- 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.
- King salmon are being caught in low numbers inside and outside Resurrection Bay. The occasional king salmon is being caught mixed-in with silvers.
- King salmon tend to be caught deeper than other species, so trolling with flasher at depths between 60-90 feet is great place to start.
- Coho (silver) salmon have arrived in Resurrection Bay and fishing has picked up in the last week closer to Seward. Angers reported having to work to find silvers inside Resurrection Bay along Lowel Point Road, Derby Cove, and near the Alaska Sea Life Center.
- Once a school of coho salmon has been located, mooching with a hoochie squid and a chunk of herring can make for good action.
- Anglers are picking up a decent numbers of Coho (silver) salmon from shore at the mouth of the lagoon outflow and just outside the harbor. However, fishing has been slower near the mouth of Resurrection River and Spring Creek. Shore fishing for silvers will continue to pick up in the coming weeks.
Troop Lake rainbow trout should be very active with the cooling temperatures. This is a lake that gets very little effort, so fish will not be shy to strike a lure. 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.