Area Sport Fishing Reports
Prince William Sound
May 16, 2019
Week of May 15 - May 21
- There have been a few visual reports of sockeye salmon in the Eyak River in Cordova but no solid reports of anyone harvesting fish yet. Fish returning to the Copper River Delta should start to show up in the coming week.
Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char
- Fishing closures are in place for cutthroat trout and rainbow trout/steelhead from April 15 - June 14 to protect spawning fish.
- Lingcod season will open on July 1.
- Rockfish and halibut are the favorites to catch in Prince William Sound right now! You don’t have to fish deep to get into some rockfish. Rocky areas are a favorite.
- The Valdez Halibut Derby will begin on May 18 and run through September 1.
- Rockfish limits year-round are 4 fish per day, 8 in possession of which only 1can be a nonpelagic rockfish. Stop by the ADF&G office in Anchorage for a handy rockfish ID sheet!
- Effective January 2020, the use of a deepwater release mechanism will be required to be onboard all vessels sportfishing in the Prince William Sound Management Area and they must be used to release rockfish at depth of capture or 100 feet, whichever is shallower.
- Never heard of deepwater release?? Check out our webpage for more info!
- Lots of jumpers! Mostly chum salmon but it doesn’t hurt to try trolling in Passage Canal in anticipation of fish that should be returning in the coming month.
- Don’t forget to get your shrimp permit! The sport and subsistence shrimp season opened on April 15 and will close on September 15, 2019. You are required to have your permit with you and you must record your catch immediately after you harvest shrimp. You can get your permit and report your harvest online. Harvest must be reported for each individual time you pull your pots and a full report must be received by October 15, 2019.
- There is no magic depth for shrimping. A good starting point would be in the 300 - 400’ range.
- Blueberry and Thompson lakes and Ruth Pond will be stocked towards the end of June.
Please review the Emergency Orders and News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-SHR-6-15-19 reduced shrimp pots to no more than three pots per person, with no more than three pots per vessel.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Anchorage Sport Fish Info Desk at (907) 267-2218.