Area Sport Fishing Reports
October 31, 2017
Sport fishing for king salmon has reopened in Southeast Alaska marine waters as of October 1, 2017. The following regulations are now in effect through March 31, 2018:
- Bag and possession limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
- Residents may use two rods when fishing for king salmon from October 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Residents using two rods may only retain king salmon.
- Bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
- The nonresident annual limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. Nonresidents shall immediately record, in ink, all king salmon harvested either on the back of their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record.
Coho runs in the Yakutat area are slowing as winter approaches. Good opportunity to catch coho is still available when weather and stream flow conditions cooperate, the Lost River/Tawah Creek system in particular will continue to see fresh fish late into fall.
Dolly Varden, Rainbow Trout, and Cutthroat Trout
Trout fishing throughout Yakutat area rivers is excellant now. Mature Dolly Varden can be found feeding in coho spawning areas of the Situk and other streams. Cutthroat are abundant throughout the Lost River and Tawah Creek systems, while the upper Situk offers good opportunity to catch Rainbows.
The fall run of steelhead trout on the Situk River is begining to show up in the river. When weather and flow conditions align there should be good opportuntiy to target steelhed.
Halibut fishing has slowed considerably as the season comes to a close. Rockfish and lingcod catches are still good when the weather allows, mixed bags of species are still being caught by anglers fishing nearshore areas.
Nonpelagic rockfish regulations for Southeast Alaska outside waters, including the Yakutat area:
- The nonpelagic rockfish bag and possession limit is one fish.
- Nonresident anglers have an annual limit of one yelloweye.
- All nonpelagic rockfish must be retained until the bag limit is reached.
There is no closed season for nonpelagic rockfish in the Southeast Alaska Inside waters. Anglers are encouraged to use a rockfish release device whenever releasing nonpelagic rockfish. Please see the “Southeast Alaska Sport Fish Regulation Summary” or visit your local ADF&G office to see examples of rockfish release devices and learn about their use.
Regulation summaries and the most recent regulatory changes are available online and at the Yakutat ADF&G office, most local tackle and outdoor stores in Alaska.
For further information, please contact the Yakutat Area Sport Fish management biologist: Matt Catterson at (907) 465-2810