Area Sport Fishing Reports
Prince William Sound

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 06, 2019

Week of June 5 - June 10

Freshwater Fishing

Salmon

  • Sockeye salmon are in the Eyak River with some fish already up near the lake. Fishing this far up the river will take some patience.
    • Remember: Effective June 1 - September 30, Eyak River Special Regulations are in effect around the Eyak Lake dam/weir and highway bridge. Only single-hook, artificial flies with a gap of 3/8 inch or less between a point and shank are allowed AND no additional weight may be attached to the line.
  • No solid reports of king salmon in Fleming Spit (in Cordova) but anglers have been putting in the effort. Fish the incoming tide with spinners or bait.
    • Remember: Effective June 1 - September 30, no snagging is allowed in the Cordova Terminal Harvest area.

Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char

  • In freshwaters of Prince William Sound, only unbaited artificial lures are allowed April 15 - June 14.

Saltwater Fishing

Halibut/Lingcod/Rockfish

  • Lingcod season will open on July 1.
  • Halibut fishing has been good for most anglers getting out further, but you don’t have to travel far. Try a muddy bottom off a rocky slope in 150 - 300' of water.
  • The Valdez Halibut Derby began May 18 and runs through September 1. Since the derby started the top fish each week continue to come in right around 100lbs. Don’t forget to pick up your derby ticket before heading out.
  • Shrimp flies are a good option for rockfish. With a little added bait and targeting rocky pinnacles you shouldn’t have trouble getting into some fish.
  • Rockfish limits year-round are 4 fish per day, 8 in possession of which only 1 can 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!

Salmon

  • A few sockeye salmon are being picked up outside Main Bay. It’s early but fish are working their way in towards the hatchery.
  • Commercial openers are starting up in Prince William Sound around Main Bay, Coghill, and Ester. Chum salmon are an option around Ester right now. Keep an eye out for commercial fishing nets that will be out.
  • You don’t have to travel a far distance to get king salmon, but the best reports right now are of catches out around Montague and Cape Cleare. Don’t forget to troll on your way out or back into Passage Canal for a shot at returning king salmon (and a much shorter trip).

Shrimp

  • 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.
  • If you are just starting out shrimping, stick to a depth range around 300 - 400'.
  • Check your pots after a few hours to see if you are catching shrimp. Move around different depth ranges near structures and see what you can find. Shrimp are caught in a range of depths.
  • If your pots are lost or stolen, please contact Alaska Wildlife Troopers and file a report. Contact information can be found on your shrimp permit.
    • AWT Valdez: (907) 835-4307
    • AWT Whittier: (907) 352-5401
    • AWT Cordova: (907) 424-3184

Local Lakes

  • Blueberry and Thompson lakes and Ruth Pond around Valdez will be stocked towards the end of June.

Emergency Orders

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. This means that regardless of the number of permit holders on a boat, you may only ever set and pull 3 pots, off that vessel.

For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Anchorage Sport Fish Info Desk at (907) 267-2218.

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