Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
September 10, 2021
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Water conditions on the Situk River are excellent right now. The current CFS is in the mid-300's making for excellent wading conditions. The forecast calls for rain over the next week, but not in appreciable amounts. Fishing has picked up over the past week, with anglers doing well on incoming tides in the lower river. This week and next week are typically the peak time for coho salmon entry into the Situk.
Coho salmon are also being caught in other freshwater streams including the Tsiu, Italio, Akwe, Lost, and Tawah.
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 slowing down on the lower Situk River. Fish quality is also deteriorating as the pinks prepare to spawn. Try using any brightly colored lure with a hook.
King salmon fishing continues to be slow. 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.
Coho salmon fishing was decent 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 excellent right now in Yakutat. Good-sized halibut being caught near shore inside Yakutat Bay has been reported. 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. There have been some reports of dogfish in the area so make sure you bring enough bait!
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.