Area Sport Fishing Reports
North Gulf Coast
July 20, 2018
General Area Description: includes 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.
Regulation Reminders and Emergency Orders
- Anglers are reminded to review Emergency Orders and News Releases and the 2018 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the North Gulf Coast Area before heading out on their next fishing trip.
- Per Emergency Order No. 2-RS-8-18-18, effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 15 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018, the limits of sockeye salmon increased to twelve per day and twelve in possession in the northern salt waters of Resurrection Bay. The increase is for marine waters of Resurrection Bay north of a line from Caines Head to the north point of Thumb Cove. Anglers are reminded to look for the saltwater markers that separate the fresh and saltwater fishing zones in the Resurrection River.
- Per Emergency Order No. 2-RS-8-19-18, effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 16 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018, the bag and possession limit increased for sockeye salmon in the Resurrection Bay drainage specifically in fresh waters downstream from the Seward Highway and downstream from Nash Road to the saltwater markers from three to six fish. Snagging is not allowed in freshwater. Only unbaited, single-hook, artificial lures or flies are allowed in this freshwater area open to salmon fishing. The remainder of freshwater is closed to salmon fishing.
- Anglers are reminded that to look for the saltwater markers that separate the fresh and saltwater fishing zones in the Resurrection River. Please see page 77 of the 2018 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet for clarification.
- Dipnetting for hooligan is closed.
- The personal use season for shrimp fishing with pot gear in North Gulf Coast area waters opened on April 15. A North Gulf Coast shrimp permit is required to participate in this fishery. This permit is different than the Prince William Sound Shrimp Permit and is NOT available online.
- Lingcod fishing opened July 1, except within Resurrection Bay, which is closed. The bag and possession limit is 1 per day, 1 in possession, must be 35 inches long with head attached or 28 inches from tip of tail to front of dorsal fin with head removed.
- Halibut are federally managed by NOAA. Make sure you know the regulations! Unguided and guided anglers have different rules to follow. A more extensive description of the Federal Regulations can be found on the NOAA Fisheries Sport Halibut Fishing in Alaska webpage.
- Halibut fishing in the North Gulf Coast has been good! Nice sized fish are being caught by those fishing further out. When fishing closer to town try drop offs near creek mouths where pinks salmon will congregate before making their final spawning runs. Use larger bait to avoid catching non-target species.
- The king salmon limit in Resurrection Bay is currently two per day, any size. There is no annual or seasonal king salmon limit in effect, and there is no king salmon harvest recording requirement.
- King salmon fishing has been fair to good. Smaller fish are being caught by both boat and shore anglers.
- Sockeye salmon fishing has slowed way down. See the Emergency Order for details about bag and possession limits.
- Coho salmon fishing has been improving. Fish are being caught near Pony Cove and Cheval Narrows. Some anglers have to work harder than others for their bag limits. Fishing deeper seems to be helpful for successful anglers.
- Reminder: the coho salmon bag limit outside of Resurrection Bay is 3 per day/3 in possession and inside Resurrection Bay is 6 per day/6 in possession. Anglers that have caught 6 coho inside Resurrection Bay may not leave the bay.
Other Saltwater Fishing
- Lingcod fishing opened on July 1, except within Resurrection Bay, which is closed. Fishermen are reporting catches of nice-sized lingcod around the North Gulf Coast. Try fishing large lead-head jigs with a rubber twister-tail grub near rocky capes and pinnacles. Don’t forget to measure your lingcod! The use of a gaff is not allowed unless you plan to retain lingcod you have caught.
- Rockfish are easy to catch and have a fairly conservative bag limit, so target your rockfish last. The rockfish daily bag limit is 4 per day, of which only 1 may be a non-pelagic rockfish.
- 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%!
- Never heard of deepwater release for rockfish? Stop by your local ADF&G office for a free release mechanism and instruction on how to use it, while supplies last. Visit the ADF&G Rockfish Conservation webpage for more information.
- Reports from the personal-use shrimp pot fishery is that small amounts of shrimp are being caught. This fishery is now open in the entire North Gulf Coast area from Cape Fairfield to Gore Point. To participate in this fishery you must be an Alaska resident with a current sport fishing license or ADF&G Permanent ID card, and a North Gulf Coast shrimp pot fishery permit. Permits can be obtained at the Anchorage, Homer, or Soldotna ADF&G offices.
- Check out the 2018 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for regulations on this fishery and the shrimp pot requirements.
- There are no freshwater drainages in Resurrection Bay open to king salmon fishing.
- Resurrection River, downstream of the highway and Nash Road to the ADF&G markers, opened for salmon, except king salmon on June 16. See the Emergency Order for bag and possession limits. Snagging in this section is not allowed and a foul hooked fish in this section must be released immediately.
- Recent reports are that sockeye fishing has slowed but some fish are still being picked up with effort and time put in.
Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling
- Fish for Dolly Varden around creek mouths, especially creeks where pink and chum salmon usually spawn.
- Try casting small spinners and spoons off the beach for some sea run Dolly Varden action.
- Fry and smolt patterns have been known to produce catches of Dolly Varden in Seward area streams.
- Northern pike are not native to Southcentral Alaska. Please report the capture of any pike in unconfirmed waters to ADF&G. Do not release any pike you have caught.
- Area lakes are stocked so visit the ADF&G Hatcheries and Stocking webpage for more information regarding when and where fish are stocked.
- Troop Lake is a nice hike and good place to go catch some rainbows away from the crowds