Area Sport Fishing Reports
Anchorage

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Anchorage, North Gulf Coast, Prince William Sound Sport Fish Management Area
King Salmon
Ship Creek

The Ship Creek king salmon return was poor and below average this year. High and turbid water conditions made assessing the king salmon return challenging. On June 28, 2018, a foot survey count indicated low king salmon escapement. In addition, the king salmon sport fishery was slow, and the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery (hatchery) was not receiving the required fish to reach their broodstock goal of 750 fish. On July 30, a stream survey was conducted, and ADF&G staff counted 182 king salmon above the fishery and 224 fish at the hatchery. This was the second year of the Ship Creek Youth-Only Fishery which was located on a pre-determined section of Ship Creek. This event was well received by many families and it had similar participation as the previous year even though fishing was slow.

Management Actions

On July 3, 2018, the king salmon season was closed through July 14 by emergency order for the remainder of the regulatory king salmon season.

Prince William Sound

A survey of Fleming Spit Lagoon in Cordova revealed that an excess of approximately 50 stocked king salmon returned and were holding in the freshwater lagoon. These fish were colored up and indicated diminished quality and were no longer interested in spinners and bait. There is limited suitable spawning habitat at this terminal fishery site.

Management Actions

On July 10, 2018, Fleming Spit Lagoon opened to snagging for king salmon.

Sockeye Salmon
Resurrection Bay

On June 12, 2018, over 10,100 sockeye salmon had passed the Bear Creek weir, with large numbers of fish still entering the river. Bear Lake sockeye salmon has a sustainable escapement goal (SEG) of 700 to 8,300 fish and is managed to escape 5,152 to 12,752 sockeye salmon, which meets both the SEG and hatchery broodstock requirements. The final escapement was approximately 12,779 sockeye salmon. Anglers reported great sockeye salmon fishing at times.

Management Actions

On June 15, 2018, in marine waters of Resurrection Bay north of a line from Caines Head to the north point of Thumb Cove the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits increased from six to twelve fish.

On June 16, 2018, in fresh waters open to salmon fishing the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits increased from three to six fish.

Prince William Sound

As of July 5, 2018, an estimated 25,436 sockeye salmon had passed through the Coghill River weir. The sockeye salmon escapement goal range for the Coghill River is 20,000 to 60,000 fish. An additional 4,000 sockeye salmon were estimated to be holding below the weir. This year the weir was out of operation for 13 days due to high water events and to date, no missed passage for this timeframe has been included into the estimated passage. The final escapement was approximately 31,000 salmon. Anglers reported difficulty catching fish because of high water conditions.

Management Actions

On July 6, 2018, the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits increased from six per day and twelve in possession to twelve per day and twenty-four in possession.

Coho Salmon
Ship Creek

As of August 13, 2018, 150 coho salmon broodstock have been collected at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery (hatchery). An additional 1,539 coho salmon were counted by foot survey immediately below the hatchery. It is anticipated that the hatchery will meet the coho salmon broodstock goal and there is an adequate amount of fish to spawn naturally in Ship Creek. Currently, the hatchery anticipates getting coho salmon broodstock and they have over 1,281 fish in the hatchery raceway. Coho salmon egg takes, and escapement surveys will be conducted in the last weeks of September.

Management Actions

On August 14, 2018, the coho salmon bag and possession limits, 16 inches or greater in length, increased from three to six fish.

Resurrection Bay

This fishery was very good at times with angler catching and harvesting limits following historical patterns. The Bear Creek coho salmon stock is on track to get adequate broodstock. Coho salmon egg takes and escapement surveys will be conducted in the last weeks of September.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions have been implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Prince William Sound

Fishing has been slow in Whittier and Fleming Spit which are both terminal harvest areas. Anglers have reported coho salmon fishing in Valdez as fair to good. It is too early to determine if broodstock goals have been met by Valdez Fisheries Development Association and Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation hatcheries. No formal surveys are conducted for coho salmon in Prince William Sound.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions have been implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Copper River Delta

Fishing on the Copper River Delta has been fair to good depending on water level. Through aerial surveys, the Copper River Delta coho salmon return is anticipated to be within the range of the SEG of 32,000 to 67,000 fish.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions have been implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Shrimp
Prince William Sound

The Total Allowable Harvest (TAH)168,017 pounds was established from the results of the 2017 fall Prince William Sound shrimp survey. The Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) for the noncommercial harvest was established to be 100,800 pounds. This was very similar to TAH and GHL established for the 2017 season. Approximately 3,837 non-commercial permits were issued this year. Effort and harvest is assessed post-season after harvest reports are received. Anecdotal reports from anglers indicate that shrimping was good this season.

Management Actions

On April 15, 2018, the number of non-commercial shrimp pots allowed to harvest shrimp decreased from five pots per person with a maximum of five pots per vessel, to four pots per person with a maximum of four pots per vessel.

See the printable PDF version, which includes a table of Region II Escapement Goals and Escapements (2008-2018).