Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

July 08, 2021

NEW! Check out the wefishak page on the ADF&G website for the new gofishak interactive map to discover popular fishing locations and information on species run timing, fishing gear selections, and boat and angler access tips!

The previous interactive map for the Sitka is still available but will be retired after September 1, 2021. For the most up-to-date information, please use the new app linked above.

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 and wearing a face covering while sport or personal use fishing and when buying fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 012.

For more information on travel restrictions please visit the State of Alaska Traveler Information page.

Marine Fisheries:

Beginning in 2021, all charter operators who operate in saltwater will be required to submit their data through the Elogbook program. Paper logbook pages will not be accepted.

From April 26 through September 12, 2021, it is prohibited to fillet or de-head Lingcod, Slope Rockfish, and King and Coho salmon at sea. This does not prohibit gutting or gilling these fish. These fish may be processed onboard a vessel once it is tied up at a docking facility where the fish will be offloaded.


Current King Salmon regulations are:

Alaskan Resident

  • The resident bag and possession limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;
  • From October 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022, a sport angler may use two rods when fishing for king salmon, a person using two rods under this regulation may only retain salmon.


  • The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;
  • From January 1 through June 30, a nonresident's total harvest limit is three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length;
  • From July 1 through July 7, a nonresident's total harvest limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from January 1 through June 30 will apply toward the two fish total harvest limit;
  • From July 8 through December 31, a nonresident's total harvest limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from January 1 through July 7 will apply toward the one fish total harvest limit;
  • Immediately upon landing and retaining a king salmon a nonresident must enter the species, date, and location on their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record;

King fishing has begun to settle down for the season, but they're not done yet! Anglers are still reporting success off the Cape, as well as north in Salisbury Sound. Anecdotally anglers have been getting lucky fishing off kelp beds in shallower water, so switch up your strategy and try something new to coax a bite. Mix up trolling or mooching to try a fresh approach. Cohos, pinks, and chums are beginning to push closer into Sitka Sound, so be sure to identify your fish correctly.

Sockeye salmon are beginning to return to their natal streams, with a total of 5,382 fish having returned to Redoubt Lake as of July 7th. Redoubt is closed to snagging for all sport anglers until July 16th and is closed to snagging for nonresident anglers from July 16th through August 31st. Most resident anglers harvest sockeye under personal use/subsistence regulations which require a free permit available at the ADF&G Store. Please be aware that the Redoubt drainage is the only area where rod and reel (snagging) is a legal gear type for subsistence harvesting.


The season for lingcod began May 16th and will run through November 30th. Retention is prohibited throughout the remainder of the year to protect spawning lingcod. The size limit for lingcod for nonresidents has increased to 30-40 inches or over 55 inches, with an annual limit of two fish, one in the 30-40 inch class and one above 55 inches. Residents do not have a size limit and their bag limit is one lingcod daily, with a possession limit of two lingcod. Try fishing around rock piles and thump the bottom with a leadhead jig to draw in one of these voracious predators.


In 2021, Demersal Shelf Rockfish (DSR) fishing is closed. DSR are a subset of nonpelagic rockfish including Yelloweye, Quillback, China, Tiger, Rosethorn, Copper, and Canary.

Anglers are allowed one slope rockfish daily, with 1 in possession. The most common slope rockfish include Redbanded, Rougheye, Silvergray, Shortraker, and Vermilion.

Pelagic rockfish is open year-round. Anglers are allowed 5 daily, 10 in possession, with the exception of CSEO (Sitka Area), where non-residents are allowed 3 daily, 6 in possession. See the Sitka Area Special Exceptions for a map of CSEO on page 24 of the Southeast regulation summary.

The department has developed a guide to assist anglers in identifying species groupings.

As of 2020, anglers are required to use a rockfish release device to return rockfish that are not harvested to the depth of capture or 100 feet, whichever is shallower. 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.


Be sure to check your local fishing regulations to be aware of harvest limits and size requirements for shellfish. Also, be aware that certain types of shellfish in Southeast Alaska have been known to cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) which can be fatal.

For Dungeness crab, try placing pots in bays and around the mouths of the river where crabs congregate to feed. If fishing with friends, be sure to keep each angler's catch separate to avoid pooling bag limits. Double-check that your gear meets legal requirements where escape mechanisms, ring sizes, and buoy requirements are concerned. See the shellfish section of the Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing regulation Summary or check out this video: Southeast Pot Regulations

Anglers of shrimp fishing are required to obtain a free permit for sport, personal use, and subsistence shrimp harvest for each calendar year. 2021 Southeast Shrimp Permits are available online at the ADF&G store or at your local ADF&G office. The shrimp harvest, location, and a number of pots pulled must be recorded each day, and the permit must be returned to ADF&G or reported online at the end of the year. Sport shrimping is closed in Sitka Sound, but this generally only affects nonresidents as most resident anglers harvest shrimp under the more liberal personal use regulations. Please also be aware of the closure boundary in Hoonah Sound.

Freshwater Fisheries:

Dolly Varden and Rainbow/Cutthroat Trout

Dollys and rainbow/cutthroat trout can be targeted year-round in freshwaters. Try fishing around structures in the stream but be careful not to lose your lure. These fish make for a fun fight and don't require a boat to get good access.

There are several lakes on the Sitka Road System that contain rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout, as well as grayling and Dolly Varden. See the new interactive map for more details.

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


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