Area Sport Fishing Reports
Prince William Sound

fish Scales Season Text
Anchorage, North Gulf Coast, Prince William Sound
Sport Fish Management Areas
King Salmon
Ship Creek

King salmon fishing in Ship Creek was good this season. 908 king salmon were collected in the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery (hatchery) raceway. Of those in the raceway only 446 king salmon were useable for broodstock. The hatchery was not able to meet the broodstock goal of 460 king salmon; however, enough eggs were collected to meet the stocking needs of Ship Creek. An estimated 298 king salmon were counted in Ship Creek for viewing and natural reproduction below the hatchery.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Prince William Sound

King salmon fishing was fair in Whittier and good in Cordova. Fleming Spit angler reports were of improved success catching king salmon. Both locations are terminal harvest areas. No formal surveys are conducted for king salmon in Prince William Sound.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Sockeye Salmon
Resurrection Bay

Anglers reported good sockeye salmon fishing in Resurrection Bay. On June 30, 2020, over 12,720 sockeye salmon passed through the Bear Creek weir, with large numbers of sockeye salmon still entering the river. Bear Lake sockeye salmon have a Sustainable Escapement Goal (SEG) of 700 - 8,300 fish and is managed to escape 5,152 - 12,752 sockeye salmon, which meets both the SEG and the Trail Lakes Hatchery broodstock requirements. The final escapement was approximately 12,760 sockeye salmon.

Management Actions

On June 24, 2020, in marine waters of Resurrection Bay north of a line from Caines Head to the north point of Thumb Cove and the freshwaters open to sockeye salmon fishing, the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon was increased from six to twelve fish.

Prince William Sound

Sockeye salmon fishing in the Coghill River was reported as good this season. The final weir count on July 27, 2020, indicated over 53,891 sockeye salmon had passed through the Coghill River weir. The sockeye salmon SEG for the Coghill River is 20,000 - 60,000 fish.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Coho Salmon
Ship Creek

Coho salmon fishing in Ship Creek this season was reported as good. The William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery collected 1,709 coho salmon for broodstock. Additionally, 399 coho salmon were counted by foot survey immediately in the creek below the hatchery.

Management Actions

On August 20, 2020, the coho salmon bag and possession limits were increased to six fish in Ship Creek from its mouth upstream to a cable 100 feet downstream of the Chugach Power Plant dam.

Resurrection Bay

Coho salmon fishing in Resurrection Bay was hit or miss this season. Anglers fishing from a boat had good days and bad days. At the start of the coho season, king salmon were caught just as frequently as coho salmon by boat anglers. The Bear Creek coho salmon stock is currently on track to provide adequate brood; however, this was in question until recently. Coho salmon egg takes will be conducted in early October. Escapement surveys will not be conducted due to budget cuts.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Prince William Sound

Coho salmon fishing has been poor in Whittier but was good outside of Passage Canal. Fleming Spit appeared to have a poor return this year but also less effort. Coho salmon fishing in Valdez was reported by anglers as fair to good. It has not been determined yet if broodstock goals have been met by the Valdez Fisheries Development Association (VFDA) and Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation hatcheries (PWSAC). Egg takes for these locations occur as late as November. Both Whittier and Cordova are stocked by PWSAC and are terminal harvest areas. In Valdez, coho salmon are stocked by VFDA. No formal surveys are conducted for coho salmon in Prince William Sound, except for on the Copper River Delta.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions have been implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Copper River Delta

Salmon fishing on the Copper River Delta has been good. Water conditions were normal this year with periods of low fishable water and normal high-water events. There was decreased effort observed this year mid-coho salmon season. Based on aerial surveys, as of September 11, 2020, the Copper River Delta coho salmon return is anticipated to meet the SEG of 32,000 - 67,000 fish. The coho salmon return is still being assessed and the final season survey has yet to be flown.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions have been implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Shrimp
Prince William Sound

The Total Allowable Harvest (TAH= 170,182 pounds) was established from the results of the fall 2019 Prince William Sound shrimp survey. The Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) for the noncommercial (sport and subsistence) shrimp fishery harvest was established to be 102,100 pounds. This was very similar to the TAH and GHL established for the 2019 season. Approximately 4,545 noncommercial permits were issued in 2020. Effort and harvest are assessed post-season after harvest reports are received. Anecdotal reports from permit holders indicate that shrimping was good this season.

Management Actions

A preseason emergency order effective April 15, 2020, reduced the number of allowable noncommercial shrimp pots per person and per vessel to three pots, just as it was in 2019.

See the printable PDF version, which includes a table of Region II Escapement Goals and Escapements (2010-2020).