Area Sport Fishing Reports
Bristol Bay

Archived Sport Fishing Report

July 03, 2019

Week of July 3 - July 9

Freshwater Fishing

  • The sonar near Portage Creek on the Nushagak River has been operational since June 6 and a total of 36,346 king salmon have been counted by the sonar through July 1. This is well behind expected levels and an Emergency Order restricting the king salmon sport fishery was issued on July 1 effective July 3, 2019. See the corresponding Emergency Order below. Sport fishing has been reported as poor to fair. Due to higher than average water temperatures, anglers are reminded to land fish quickly and keep their catch in the water if it is going to be released to minimize stress on the fish.
  • Sport fishing for king salmon in the Naknek and Alagnak river drainages is reported as slow. Sport fishing should improve later this week.
  • In the Togiak River and nearby drainages it is still early for king salmon but fishing is currently reported as fair to good. Sport fishing will likely improve later this week.
  • In the Naknek, Alagnak, and Kvichak river drainages, fishing for rainbow trout should be fair to good. Try casting spinners or streamers. 
  • Fishing for Arctic char is reported as fair to good in the Wood River Lakes system. Try casting or jigging spoons or stripping large streamers at the outlets of rivers in the system.
  • Fishing for northern pike in lakes throughout Bristol Bay has been fair to good. Try casting spoons, surface lures, or streamers close to shore in shallow weedy bays.

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-KS-5-27-19 reduced the king salmon (20 inches or greater in length) bag, possession, and annual limits to one per day and with an annual limit of two. Up to two king salmon recorded before Wednesday, July 3, 2019, on the harvest portion of an Alaska sport fishing license or harvest record card do not count against the two-king salmon, 20 inches or greater in length, that may be harvested on or after July 3.

For additional information, please contact the Bristol Bay Area Office at (907) 842-2427.


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