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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Prince William Sound
April 13, 2017
General Area Description: includes all waters between Cape Fairfield and Cape Suckling.
Regulation Reminders and Emergency Orders
- PWS non-commercial shrimp fishery opens on April 15th. Permits are mandatory for all non-commercial shrimp fisherman. Permits are available online or available at local Fish and Game offices and at select vendors.
- Lingcod season is closed until July 1 to protect nest-guarding males.
- Cutthroat and Rainbow/Steelhead trout fishing opens on June 15th.
- Ibeck Creek is closed to all sport fishing upstream from a point 3 miles above the Copper River Highway.
Chinook salmon returning to the lagoon at Fleming Spit don’t usually show up until late May.
Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling
Cutthroat and rainbow/steelhead trout fishing is closed April 15th - June 14th in the Cordova area.
Halibut, Lingcod, and Rockfish
- Lingcod is closed until July 1st.
- Halibut angling should start to pick up later his month. The Valdez Halibut Derby will begin May 20th and run through September 3rd.
- Rockfish can be caught easily year round throughout PWS. Check the regulations as bag limits change next month.
- AND REMEMBER if you are targeting multiple species, target rockfish last, and use a deepwater release mechanism on all released rockfish (these devices can turn the chance of survival for a rockfish from near zero to near 100%!)
What’s deepwater release?
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.
- Shrimping should be good in Prince William Sound and opens on April 15th. Try out your favorite spot or give a new location a try! Depending on your gear, set pots from 400’ – 650’
- You may get your permit online but you must have a printed and signed copy with you while fishing. Permit needs to be in possession as you are shrimping.
- Please note that there are no PWS shrimp permit vendors in Whittier
- Don’t forget to record when you drop your pots in the water the first trip out.
- Only 4 pots are allowed per vessel in 2017.
- Don’t forget to turn in your harvest report after the season closes on September 15th!