Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 21, 2019


An excellent resource for planning a trip to Sitka is the gofishak interactive map which provides information on fishing locations, species run timing, fishing gear and angler access.

For further information, please feel free to contact the Sitka area sportfish management staff at (907) 747-5355.

Marine Fisheries:

King Salmon

King fishing is good in Sitka. Based on marine sport catch sampling, catch rates are better than last year for the same time period, and above the recent 10-year mean. During the marine catch sampling period of June 12th through June 16th, king salmon were harvested primarily from outer Kruzof Island and Cape Edgecumbe. Kings are being caught trolling or mooching herring, or trolling hoochies and spoons. King salmon fishing in Sitka area waters should continue to improve through late-June.


Halibut fishing has been improving in Sitka. Catch rates increased over the last marine sport sampling period. During the marine catch sampling period of June 12th through June 16th, halibut were harvested primarily from outer Kruzof Island/Sitka Sound to offshore waters from Salisbury Sound to Sitka Sound. Fishing continues to be slow in Sitka Sound, and closer to town. Halibut fishing in Sitka area waters should begin to pick up by late June/July with more bait (herring, salmon, crab, etc.) moving inside the Sound.


Sport fishing for lingcod has been slow. Try fishing near pinnacles and structure with large lead/rubber or metal jigs. 


Fishing for rockfish remains steady and is good to excellent in the Sitka area. Rockfish are available year-round, and fishing is generally good this time of year. 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.

Freshwater Fisheries

Dolly Varden and Rainbow/Cutthroat Trout

Dolly Varden and trout can be targeted year-round. Sitka has a few streams and lakes that have resident species available such as Indian River, Thimbleberry lake and Heart Lake. Fishing is decent right now. Try using spinners, spoons, or flies mimicking juvenile salmon, leeches, or eggs/flesh.

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