Area Sport Fishing Reports
North Gulf Coast \ Resurrection Bay
Archived Sport Fishing Report
August 26, 2021
* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing, and wearing a face-covering when social distancing is not possible, and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store.
General Area Description: Salt waters 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.
- The Resurrection River, downstream of the Seward Highway and Nash Road to the ADF&G markers is open to salmon fishing (except king salmon). Only unbaited, single-hook, artificial lures or flies are allowed. Snagging is NOT permitted in freshwater.
- Pink salmon continue to get caught at the head of Resurrection Bay. Very coho salmon have moved up into the freshwater yet. A few sockeye are still hanging around. It is common for coho to move up into creeks and rivers when water levels increase with rain. When we start getting some good rain look for more coho salmon to move up into the freshwater.
- The Seward Lagoon and Outfall Stream Youth-Only Fishery opened for coho salmon on August 25. A visual inspection of the lagoon on August 24 showed mostly pink salmon in the lagoon and outfall creek. This Youth-Only Fishery is open through September 7. Fishing for coho salmon in the lagoon should pick up later in the fishery. This area is closed to adults.
- Halibut fishing has been reported good. Anglers have been catching medium-sized halibut when the weather has allowed them to get out.
- Rockfish limits year-round are four fish per day, eight in possession of which only one per day and two in possession can be nonpelagic rockfish. Check the 2021 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for species identification information.
- A deepwater release mechanism is required on all sport fishing vessels in Alaska, and they must be used to release rockfish back down to a depth of capture or 100 feet, whichever is shallower. Never heard of the deepwater release? Check out our rockfish webpage for more info!
- Lingcod season is currently open except for inside Resurrection Bay and has been reported as fair. The bag and possession limit is one fish that is 35 inches long or longer with the head attached, or 28 inches or greater with the head removed. A person may not gaff a fish that is not of the legal size or that is to be released.
- 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 stamp is required. King salmon fishing has been fair for boaters. Boat anglers trolling for kings are still having the best luck though mooching has been productive for some as well.
- Coho salmon are coming into the bay. Reports have been of anglers catching cohos near the head of the bay. Many anglers are reporting good schools of 8 to 10lb. coho being picked up. Try trolling with a small to medium-sized herring and an oversized flasher.
- Fishing in Troop Lake has been good as long as you aren’t fighting the wind. Try casting small spinners. There is limited shore access so hiking in an inflatable can get you more access around the lake.
Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- There are currently no emergency orders in effect for the North Gulf Coast management area.
Don't forget to purchase your 2021 sport fishing license and king stamp! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2021 sport fishing license and king stamp through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review Emergency Orders and the 2021 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the Anchorage Area Office at (907) 267-2218.