Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
August 17, 2021
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With the recent flooding that took place last week, water levels on the Situk River remain at mostly unfishable levels. Jet boaters may be able to locate areas where fish are holding to target. Foot anglers, however, will have a difficult time wading the river and finding groups of fish with the current high water levels. The forecast calls for more rain today so water levels won't be going down anytime soon. Sockeye fishing should begin to slow considerably this week as the fish move up to spawn.
Coho fishing was starting to pick up on the lower Situk before the flood last week. Fishing should be good as soon as the waters recede some. Popular lures for coho on the Situk include #5 spinners, spoons, jigs, and brightly colored flies. Try to find the areas where the coho separate from the more numerous pink salmon.
Pink fishing is excellent on the lower Situk River. Even with high water pink salmon are so numerous they are easy to find pushed up against the banks in holding waters. Try using any brightly colored lure with a hook.
Saltwater king fishing is closed to non-residents during the month of August. Resident king salmon fishing has slowed over the last couple of weeks. Coho salmon and pink salmon have moved into the area making it difficult to find the kings. Some good fishing locations include Ocean Cape, Monti Bay, and Kahntaak Island. Most anglers are trolling spoons or herring behind a flasher near the shoreline or around rocky structures. Try fishing in 40-70 feet of water while trolling your gear between 20-40 feet deep. King fishing closes to non-residents during the month of August.
Coho salmon have arrived in Yakutat and fishing has been excellent over the last week. Coho is being caught near Ocean Cape, Monti Bay, and Kahntaak Island. Most anglers are trolling spoons or herring behind a flasher near the shoreline or around rocky structures. Try fishing in 40-70 feet of water while trolling your gear between 20-40 feet deep. Mooching is also an effective method when a group of coho is found.
Halibut fishing is good right now in Yakutat. As pink salmon move in closer to the shoreline and begin staging near creek mouths, halibut will follow making them more available to anglers closer to shore.
Lingcod fishing is good right now. Fish near rocky structures or pinnacles with lead/rubber jigs or herring for the best success.
Fishing for black rockfish is excellent in the Yakutat area. Fish near rocky structures or pinnacles with small metal jigs/darts or mooch herring for the best success.
For further information, please contact the Yakutat Area Sport Fish management biologist Jason Pawluk at (907) 784-3222.