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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Bristol Bay

July 21, 2020

* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by following and reviewing the current State of Alaska Health Mandates in effect. This includes practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing and wearing a face covering when fishing and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 010.

Emergency Orders

Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.

  • Emergency Order 2-RS-5-32-20 increased the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon to ten fish in all waters of the Alagnak, Naknek, Nushagak-Mulchatna, and Wood River drainages effective through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-5-31-20 reduced the daily bag, possession, and annual limits for king salmon, 20 inches or greater in length, in the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage to a bag and possession limit of one fish, 20 inches or greater in length, with an annual limit of two fish. The bag and possession limit for king salmon less than 20 inches remains at five fish, with no annual limit. These regulatory restrictions are effective through 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2020.
    • Up to two king salmon recorded before Friday, July 10, 2020, on the harvest portion of an Alaska sport fishing license or harvest record card do not count against the reduced annual limit of two king salmon, 20 inches or greater in length, that may be harvested on or after July 10. If you have already harvested four king salmon, 20 inches or greater in length, prior to July 10, you cannot harvest any additional king salmon from the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage.

Freshwater Fishing

  • Fishing for rainbow trout and Arctic grayling is reported to be fair to good. As salmon begin staging and spawning, egg patterns should become more effective.
  • Fishing for northern pike is reported to be fair to good with fishing concentrated around weeded bays and sloughs.
  • Fishing for king salmon in the Nushagak River is poor and should continue to decline over the next week as the run finishes off.
  • Fishing for king salmon in the Naknek River is fair to good. Fishing should remain steady over the next week.
  • Fishing for king salmon in the Togiak River is fair; however, it should improve over the next week.
  • Fishing for king salmon in the Alagnak River is fair to good and should remain so over the next week.
  • Fishing for sockeye salmon is great to excellent throughout Bristol Bay. Bag and possession limits have been increased from 5 to 10 in the Alagnak, Naknek, Nushagak and Wood drainages. (See Emregency Order 2-RS-5-32-20)

Don’t forget to bring your 2020 sport fishing license and king salmon stamp! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2020 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 and the 2020 Southwest Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.

For additional information, please contact the Bristol Bay Area Office at (907) 842-2427.

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