Area Sport Fishing Reports
North Gulf Coast \ Resurrection Bay

Archived Sport Fishing Report

May 31, 2019

Week of May 30 - June 5

General Area Description: Saltwaters within 200 miles of shore from the longitude of Gore Point to the longitude of Cape Fairfield. All fresh waters between Gore Point and Cape Fairfield.

Saltwater Fishing


  • The king salmon limit in Resurrection Bay is currently two per day, any size. There is no annual or seasonal king salmon limit in effect, and there is no king salmon harvest reporting requirement, but a king salmon stamp is required.
  • King salmon fishing continues to be sporadic, but fish continue to be caught further out in the bay. Try trolling with a small to medium sized herring (or hooligan) and an oversized flasher.
  • Saltwater shore anglers are starting to see more king salmon action. 
  • Sockeye salmon are in Resurrection Bay. The number of fish being caught continues to improve as fish are headed towards Bear Creek and Spring Creek. This run should continue to improve but right now more effort and patience will be needed to catch your limit.


  • Lingcod fishing will open on July 1 in the North Gulf Coast; however, lingcod fishing is always closed in Resurrection Bay.
  • Halibut fishing continues to be good, especially when the weather is good!
  • The Seward Halibut Tournament starts this week! It runs from June 1 - June 30.
  • Halibut are federally managed by NOAA. Please check Federal Regulations under NOAA’s Fisheries Sport Halibut Fishing in Alaska webpage.
  • Rockfish limits year-round are 4 fish per day, 8 in possession of which only 1 per day and 2 in possession can be a nonpelagic rockfish. Stop by the ADF&G office in Anchorage for a handy ID sheet!
  • Effective January 2020, the use of a deepwater release mechanism will be required to be onboard all vessels sportfishing statewide 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!

Other saltwater fishing

  • Dolly Varden fishing around Lowell Point has slowed down.
  • Hooligan dip netting is open through May 31 in the saltwater but there are still some options in the freshwater through June 15. Salmon Creek is a good option for hooligan. Make sure to respect property owners in the area.

Freshwater Fishing

Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden

  • Try creek mouths for Dolly Varden this time of the year. Casting small spinners and spoons off the beach can provide some good action.
  • If you are fly fishing, fry and smolt patterns are good to use in Seward area streams this time of the year.


  • There are no freshwater drainages in Resurrection Bay open to salmon fishing at this time of the year.


  • Headed into Seward? Stop by and give Troop or Grouse lakes a try for some Dolly Varden or rainbow trout. Grouse Lake is right off the road and Troop Lake is a nice hike.

Emergency Orders

  • There are currently no Emergency Orders for the North Gulf Coast Management Area.

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


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