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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Area Sport Fishing Reports
Prince William Sound

August 25, 2015

Prince William Sound and the
Copper River Delta Area

Week of August 25 to August 31

Regulation Reminders and Emergency Orders

  • Effective Wednesday July 29, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. through the remainder of the season, daily bag limits for pink salmon in the Port of Valdez marine waters are 12 fish with 24 in possession. See news release at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm?ADFG=region.NR&NRID=2152 *** this emergency order does not increase any bag or possession limits for any other species…
  • Shrimp permits are mandatory for all noncommercial fishermen. Permits are available at local Fish and Game offices and at select vendors.
  • The sport/subsistence/personal use shrimp fishery closes on September 15.
  • No snagging in the Whittier Small Boat Harbor
  • Ibeck Creek is closed to all sport fishing upstream from a point 3 miles above the Copper River Highway.
  • CORDOVA STREAMS crossing the Copper River Highway from Eyak River to the Million Dollar Bridge: Once you reach your daily limit of coho salmon (3 fish), you may not fish with bait in any of these streams for the remainder of the day.
  • Eyak and Robe Lakes are closed to all salmon fishing.

Fresh waters

Salmon

  • Late run sockeye to areas like Eshamy/Gunboat/Shotgun and other creeks are showing up at the mouths, but not in great numbers… remember, no snagging in freshwater.
  • Silvers are showing up in Cordova streams… fishing isn’t super hot yet, but should be getting there in the next week or two…Eyak and Alaganik have been slow due to recent high water events and associated low water clarity. Ibeck hasn’t been spectacular near the bridge, but anglers heading downstream have reported some better catches.
  • Fleming Spit in Cordova is getting a huge run of pink salmon this year (as are many other streams throughout the sound) this might make silver fishing in some freshwater streams a little more difficult… you might end up having to pick through some pinks to get the silvers.

Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling

  • Dolly Varden are present in many of the streams throughout Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta. Use fry/smolt imitation flies or small spinners at lake outlets or stream confluences.
  • Cutthroat and rainbow/steelhead trout fishing opened Monday June 15. Small spinners, smolt patterns, and flies matching a hatch are your best bet.
  • Anglers reminded to check the Prince William Sound regulations on the legal size limit for retained trout.

Salt waters

Halibut, Lingcod, and Rockfish

  • Halibut fishing in the sound slowed down last week, but mostly just due to poor weather. If weather allows, the ocean entrances are always great places to catch halibut. Lone and Perry Island have been good bets this year. Fishing just off the bottom can decrease the bycatch of rockfish and does not hurt your chances of catching halibut. Give it a try if your arms are getting tired of reeling up and deep water releasing rockfish.
  • --What’s deepwater release? (these devices can turn the chance of survival for a rockfish from near zero to near 100%!)  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.rockfishconservation  
  • AND REMEMBER if you are targeting multiple species, target rockfish last
  • Rockfish targeted angling is quite productive with small jigs near rocky reefs.
  • Lingcod season fishing has been slow. Targeting rocky pinnacles with jigs and anything else that can get their attention is your best bet.

Salmon

  • Silvers showed up early and strong this year, being caught in good numbers mooching and trolling throughout the sound. This rain we just got throughout the sound should be moving the silvers up into freshwater soon.
  • Whittier Harbor is seeing a good number of silvers returning and there are still some kings around… herring under a bobber or mooched works great… other than that, flashy spinners and spoons work great too… Remember, NO SNAGGING in the Whittier small boat harbor.
  • Herring fishing has been pretty good from shore in Whittier.
  • Pink salmon have showed up in Valdez in big big numbers and the fish quality is going down… if you do find some pinks in good shape, ADF&G has issued an emergency order liberalizing bag and possession limits. Effective Wednesday July 29, 2015, daily bag limits for pink salmon in the Port of Valdez marine waters are 12 fish with 24 in possession. See news release at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm?ADFG=region.NR&NRID=2152  
  • Silvers out of Valdez are slowly moving in closer to shore, if you spend some time picking through some pinks or get out past them in a boat, you can expect better silver catches.
  • Fishing Tip: It has been a long winter. Brush up on your fish identification before you head out fishing. Test your knowledge with the new Pacific Salmon ID quiz here: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.quiz

Shellfish

  • Shrimping continues to be productive near Whittier and Valdez, but it’s generally better and better the farther you get away from ports. Start moving those pots out a little deeper as the summer moves on. Once you figure out the depth they are at, start setting parallel sets at that depth and your pots will look a lot better coming up.
  • Don’t forget your shrimp permit – everyone needs one.

Archives

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Aug 25, 2015 Aug 18, 2015 Aug 13, 2015 Aug 05, 2015 Aug 04, 2015 Jul 28, 2015 Jul 21, 2015 Jul 14, 2015
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