Area Sport Fishing Reports
July 22, 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.
King salmon fishing re-opened today in the Situk River only in the section downstream of the weir. Fishing should be good with full water levels creating ideal fishing conditions. Try using brightly colored flies or pitching large spinners or spoons with single-barbed hooks attached to them. Remember to take off your treble hooks!
Fishing for red salmon on the Situk River has slowed some due to the rising water levels making it harder to find fish. Good numbers of fish moved upstream with the rain this last weekend. Fishing should pick up as water levels subside and anglers can find groups of fish again. Fishing should continue to be good throughout the drainage for the next week or so.
Pink salmon are starting to enter the Situk River in catchable numbers. So far over 640 fish have been counted past the weir.
Sport fishing for king salmon is open in Yakutat Area marine waters. Sport fishing in marine waters continues to be good for king salmon. Catch rates have increased some since the first part of July. Anglers are having the best success inside Yakutat Bay trolling green label herring behind flashers. Fish have been caught near The Pinnacles, Ocean Cape, Broken Oar Cove, Redfield Cove, and Knight Island.
The halibut fishing continues to be very good. Large fish are being brought in daily. Fishing has been the best out front at the entrance to Yakutat Bay near Ocean Cape, but also inside Yakutat Bay. Fishing should continue to improve over the course of the summer. Soaking salted herring, octopus or pink salmon works the best.
Lingcod fishing is good. Try using rubber tube jigs over pinnacles or large rocky structure.
Fishing for pelagic rockfish continues to be good. Lots of rockfish have been caught over pinnacles and reefs during the last week. Try using metal jigs or mooching herring.
For further information, please contact the Yakutat Area Sport Fish management biologist: Jason Pawluk at (907) 784-3222.