Area Sport Fishing Reports
Prince of Wales Island
Archived Sport Fishing Report
May 09, 2022
Its almost summer and the month of May provides great fishing opportunities on Prince of Wales. Most steelhead have spawned or are spawing but rainbow and cutthroat trout fishing can be excellent in May. Marine fishing starts to pick up with improving king fishing and the opeining of lingcod on May 16.
Check out the wefishak page on the ADF&G website for the gofishak interactive map to discover fishing locations and information on species run timing, fishing gear selections, and boat and angler access tips!
Guides and Business Owners: don’t forget to register for 2022! You can register online at the ADF&G Store. As of 2021, all Southeast saltwater guides are required to use an eLogbook.
Chinook (King) Salmon
King salmon fishing reports have been fair on the west side of Prince of Wales and should improve through May.
Chinook Salmon regulations for 2022
- The resident daily bag limit is two fish over 28 inches.
- The nonresident daily bag limit is one fish with an annual limit of three fish over 28 inches.
- 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.
Eastside of Prince of Wales
Inside waters of Southeast Alaska, including Clarence Straight on the east side of Prince of Wales, are closed to king salmon retention until June 15. The closure is a conservation measure to protect Alaska mainland king salmon stocks as they migrate to their spawning rivers.
Steelhead season is winding down as most are spawning or post-spawn. Drainages that support good numbers of steelhead include; Thorne, Karta, Harris, and Klawock rivers and Staney, Ratz, and Eagle creeks. Fish are also present in numerous smaller drainages on the island for those anglers interested in exploring.
Trout and Dolly Varden
Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and Dolly Varden are available in many of the freshwater drainages of POW. Fishing improves as water temperatures warm and trout complete spawning during May. Dolly Varden and trout feed heavily on salmon fry during May. Productive drainages for trout include Luck, Klawock, and Sarkar lakes, the Thorne River, and Ratz Creek. Regulations regarding size limits, bag limits, and the use of bait can vary by waterbody, so please check the Southeast Alaska Sport Fish Regulation Summary.
Halibut fishing is good and should improve into the summer.
Retention of lingcod reopens May 16. Lingcod regulations can be found in the 2022 regulation summary.
Rockfish can be caught year-round. There is a section on the Fish and Game website for identifying common rockfish of POW.
All sport fishing vessels are required to have at least one functional deepwater release device (regardless of species targeted). Anglers will be REQUIRED to use a deepwater release device to release rockfish to the depth it was hooked or to a depth of at least 100 feet. 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.
Demersal Shelf Rockfish
The retention of demersal shelf rockfish is now open for residents of Alaska with a daily bag limit of one. Yelloweye remained closed.
Demersal shelf rockfish are closed to harvest for nonresidents.
Demersal shelf rockfish are the following species: yelloweye, quillback, copper, canary, china, tiger, and rosethorn rockfish.
Some slope rockfish are common in marine waters surrounding POW. The most common species are silvergrey, rougheye, shortraker, and vermilion rockfish.
- One per day; one in possession
Pelagic rockfish provide good fishing in the marine waters surrounding POW.
- Season: year-round
- Five per day; ten in possession
Please refer to the rockfish conservation page for additional information regarding rockfish identification and management.
For further information, please feel free to contact the Prince of Wales Area Management Biologist: Craig Schwanke (907) 826-2498.