Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

October 22, 2019

An excellent resource for trip planning is the Yakutat Interactive Map which provides information on fishing locations, species run timing, fishing gear, and angler access.

As November approaches and the weather gets rough, fishing around Yakutat slows down considerably, but there is still plenty of good fishing to be had. Late run coho salmon, Dolly Varden, and fall steelhead should all be in the rivers now. This will be the last Yakutat fishing report for the 2019 season, fishing reports will start up again in Spring of 2020.

Coho Salmon

Decent numbers of coho can still be found in Tawah Creek, but the Situk and Lost River runs are mostly over. A prolonged stretch of nice fall weather has made fishing conditions good in Yakutat area streams, but temperatures have cooled off considerably.

Dolly Varden and other Trout

This is an excellent time for anglers to target trout species in the Yakutat area. Dolly Varden, cutthroat, and rainbow trout can be found in area streams and some nearshore areas. Freshwater anglers may find trout in areas also being used by spawning salmon.

Fall steelhead should be showing up in the Situk as well, though no reports of steelhead being caught yet.

King Salmon

Sport fishing for king salmon is open in Yakutat Area marine waters.

Residents: Bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. No annual limit.

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

  • The annual harvest limit for nonresidents is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested earlier in 2019 apply toward the one fish annual harvest limit;
  • Immediately upon retaining a king salmon a nonresident must enter the species, date and location, in ink, on the back of their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record.

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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