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Area Sport Fishing Reports

November 9, 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.



Fall steelhead fishing has been fair to good on the Situk River. Water conditions have varied over the past month but in general have been favorable. Steelhead are present throughout the river system with higher concentrations occuring near the 9-mile bridge. With colder temperatures present lately, water levels have been on the lower side making conditions favorable to wading along and across the river. Try drifting beads or small jigs through deeper runs against the bank or through deeper holes for the best success. Fishing should continue to be good until late November.

Dolly Varden

Dolly fishing has also been good in the upper reaches of the Situk River as coho salmon continue to spawn. Dollies are holding behind spawning salmon and are most frequently caught drifting beads. Some very pretty fish are available with brilliant fall colorations.


King Salmon

Sport fishing for king salmon in marine waters is very slow but is slowly picking up with bait scools moving closer into Yakutat Bay. Fishing should continue to be spotty through fall/winter. Try trolling green label herring along the shorelines in about 20-40' of water.


Halibut fishing is slow right now and difficult to do with the frequent winter storms moving through the area. Soaking salted herring, octopus or pink salmon on the bottom works the best.


Lingcod fishing is slow right now. Try using rubber tube jigs over pinnacles or large rocky structure.


Fishing for pelagic rockfish is good right now. Lots of rockfish are caught over pinnacles and reefs. Try using small metal jigs or mooching herring.

For further information, please contact the Yakutat Area Sport Fish management biologist: Jason Pawluk at (907) 784-3222.


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