Area Sport Fishing Reports
North Gulf Coast \ Resurrection Bay

fish Scales
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. 1,274 king salmon were collected in the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery raceway. The hatchery was able to meet the broodstock goal of 460 king salmon. An estimated 561 king salmon were counted in Ship Creek for viewing and natural reproduction below the hatchery.

Management Actions

On July 14, 2021, the king salmon season was extended through July 31 and the bag and possession limits were increased to two fish.

Prince William Sound

King salmon fishing was fair in Whittier and good in Cordova. Both locations are terminal harvest areas. Throughout the summer more reports of king salmon getting caught towards Main Bay in the south and Glacier Island towards the north were reported. No formal surveys are conducted for king salmon in Prince William Sound.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2021 sport fishery season.

Sockeye Salmon
Resurrection Bay

Anglers reported good sockeye salmon fishing in Resurrection Bay. On June 14, 2021, over 9,587 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 14,818 sockeye salmon.

Management Actions

On June 17, 2021, 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 were increased 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 26, 2021, indicated over 101,216 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

On July 15, 2021, the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits were increased to 12 fish per day and 24 in possession.

Coho Salmon
Ship Creek

Coho salmon fishing in Ship Creek this season was reported as good. The William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery collected 1,536 coho salmon for broodstock. Additionally, 1,488 coho salmon were counted by foot survey immediately in the creek below the hatchery on September 15, 2021.

Management Actions

On August 19, 2021, 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. Salmon fishing near the outflow of Scheffler Creek was reported as good. The Bear Creek coho salmon stock appears to be late but is currently on track to provide adequate brood. Escapement surveys will not be conducted due to budget cuts.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2021 sport fishery season.

Prince William Sound

Coho salmon fishing has been fair to poor in Whittier but was good outside of Passage Canal. Fleming Spit appeared to have a poor return this year but also less effort. There were very few reports of coho salmon getting caught in the terminal harvest area. Coho salmon fishing in Valdez was reported by anglers as 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). Currently the VFDA in Valdez has collected approximately 4,000 coho salmon and it is anticipated that they will have enough salmon to meet their egg take goal. 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 2021 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. Based on aerial surveys, as of September 27, 2021, 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.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions have been implemented during the 2021 sport fishery season.

Shrimp
Prince William Sound

The total allowable harvest (TAH)of 174,964 pounds was established from the results of the fall 2020 Prince William Sound shrimp survey. The guideline harvest level (GHL) for the noncommercial (sport and subsistence) shrimp fishery harvest was established to be 104,978 pounds. This was very similar to the TAH and GHL established for the 2020 season. Approximately 3,830 noncommercial permits were issued in 2021. 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, 2021, reduced the number of allowable noncommercial shrimp pots per person and per vessel to two pots.

See the printable PDF version, which includes a table of Region II Escapement Goals and Escapements (2012-2021).