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Area Sport Fishing Reports
August 11, 2017
- The Situk River steelhead fishery has come to end. We had a strong run this season with over 6000 fish counted through the weir.
- A portion of the lower Situk River from the weir downstream through the Rodeo Hole has been REOPENED to all sport fishing.
- Anglers are reminded that fishing for king salmon in the Situk River remains closed. All possible efforts should be made to avoid these fish, and any king salmon incidently caught must be released immediatley and not removed from the water.
- The Situk River sockeye run continues to be strong, over 85,000 fish have passed through the weir and should provide good angling opportunity. Situk River sockeye bag and possession limits have been increased to 6 per day and 12 in possession.
- Coho are begining to move into freshwater with large numbers of pink salmon.
- Due to conservation concerns, the retention of king salmon is prohibited in all Southeast Alaska salt waters, including waters around Yakutat. This closure went into effect 12:01am, Thursday, August 10, 2017. All king salmon caught must be immediately released unharmed.
- Nonpelagic rockfish fishing in Yakutat waters is closed August 1 through August 21, 2017. All anglers fishing from a vessel in saltwater during this time must have a functional deep water release mechanism on board (regardless of target species) and all anglers must release nonpelagic rockfish at depth of capture or at least 100 feet using a deep water release mechanism.
- Coho salmon are being caught in marine waters.
- Halibut fishing has been good so far this summer and catch rates typically remain stable into the early fall.
- Lingcod season began on May 16th and will remain open until the end of November
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 ADF&G Sport Fish management biologist: Matt Catterson at (907) 747-5380