Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

July 02, 2019

Check out the Yakutat Interactive Map to discover popular fishing locations and information on species run timing, fishing gear selections, and boat and angler access tips thru the Sport Fish gofishak application

Sockeye Salmon

The Situk sockeye run continues to be below average, but stronger than last year. As of July 1st, over 12,500 sockeye have passed the Situk River weir. Weir counts are updated daily and can be viewed at the ADF&G Fish Counts website.

Poor returns have necessitated the following restrictions to the Situk River sport fishery:

  • The area closed to all sportfishing downstream of the Situk weir has been extended to encompass the entire “Rodeo Hole”. Markers have been placed on the river at the closed area boundaries 
  • The bag limit for sockeye salmon on the Situk River has been reduced to one fish per day, two in possession.

King Salmon

Sport fishing for king salmon is closed in the Situk River. King salmon may not be targeted, retained, or possessed; king salmon caught while sockeye fishing may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

Sport fishing for king salmon is open in Yakutat Area marine waters. Catches have slowed around Yakutat as the fishery begins to focus primarily on ground fish. But king salmon are still being caught when anglers target them.

The following regulations are now in effect through May 1st, 2020:


  • Bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.


  • Bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
  • From July 1 through December 31, 2019 the nonresident annual limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested January 1 through June 30 will apply to the one fish annual limit
  • Nonresidents shall immediately record, in ink, all king salmon harvested either on the back of their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record.

Other Marine Fishing


Halibut fishing continues to be good with most anglers catching their limits.


Lingcod fishing continues to be good.

Pelagic Rockfish

Rockfish catches continue to be strong. Good numbers black rockfish are being caught by anglers.

  • Season: year round
  • Five per day; ten in possession

Non-pelagic Rockfish

Yelloweye catches by chartered anglers have picked up.

  • Resident - One non-pelagic rockfish daily; possession limit of one fish.
  • Nonresident - One non-pelagic rockfish daily; possession limit of one fish; with an annual limit of one yelloweye rockfish.
  • Nonresident anglers must immediately record yelloweye rockfish harvested, in ink, either on the back of their sport fishing license, or on a nontransferable harvest record.
  • Persons sport fishing from a charter vessel when releasing non-pelagic rockfish, (e.g. after an angler reaches their bag limit), must be in possession of, and utilize a deep water release mechanism to return the fish to the depth it was hooked or to a depth of at least 100 feet.
  • Charter operators and crew members may not retain non-pelagic rockfish while clients are on board the vessel.

Retention of nonpelagic rockfish is prohibited in all Southeast Outside waters from July 25 through August 31. All vessels in Southeast Outside waters during this time must have a functional deep water release mechanism on board while fishing (regardless of target species) and all nonpelagic rockfish must be released at depth of capture or at least 100 feet.

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.

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 Yakutat Area Sport Fish management biologist: Matt Catterson at (907) 784-3222

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