Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

November 12, 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.

The next fishing report will be released in December.

Marine Fisheries:

King Salmon

Fishing is expected to be slow for king salmon during the winter months.


Halibut will be available over most of the winter months and should still be good during November.


Sport fishing for lingcod has been good recently. Try fishing near pinnacles and rocky structure with large whole herring, or large lead/rubber or metal jigs.

Fishing for Lingcod closes from December 1st through May 15th.


Fishing for all rockfish is open and has been good.

Freshwater Fisheries:

Bait will be prohibited in most Southeast Alaska freshwaters (see exceptions in Summary Regulation Book) starting on Saturday, November 16th through Monday, September 14th.

Silver Salmon

Silver salmon are present in only a couple of systems currently. Katlian and Nakwasina rivers have a later run timing and still offer some opportunity for catching silver salmon in freshwaters near Sitka.

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 good right now. Try using spinners, spoons, or flies mimicking juvenile salmon, leeches, or eggs/flesh.

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