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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Bristol Bay

August 11, 2022

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Freshwater Fishing

  • Fishing for resident species such as rainbow trout, Arctic char, Arctic grayling, and northern pike is reported as good to great. Spinners, spoons, and flies should continue to work well; however, salmon spawning is in full swing, and egg patterns are increasingly effective.
  • Sockeye salmon have slowed down, however they should still be abundant enough to target in some locations. Standard flossing methods that are applied to fishing sockeye throughout the state should be productive in Bristol Bay as well.
  • Coho salmon have begun to show up in Bristol Bay drainages and will continue to increase in abundance over the next two weeks. Fishing should continue to pick up this weekend going into next week. Spinners and spoons should work well.

Saltwater Fishing

Halibut fishing near Protection Point is reported to be slow with mixed success.

Emergency Orders

Please review the emergency orders and advisory announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.

  • Emergency Order 2-RS-5-49-22 increased the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon to 10 fish in all waters of the Alagnak River drainage, effective through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2022. The bag and possession limit for other salmon, except king, coho, and sockeye salmon, remains at five fish. These limits are in combination with the more liberal limits for sockeye salmon.
  • Emergency Order 2-RS-5-40-22 increased the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon to 10 fish in all waters of the Wood River drainage, effective through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2022. The bag and possession limit for other salmon, except king and sockeye salmon, remains at five fish. These limits for salmon, other than king and sockeye salmon, are in combination with the more liberal limits for sockeye salmon.
  • Emergency Order 2-RS-5-39-22 increased the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon to 10 fish in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage, excluding the Wood River drainage, effective through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2022. The bag and possession limit for other salmon, except king and sockeye salmon, remains at five fish. These limits for salmon, other than king and sockeye salmon, are in combination with the more liberal limits for sockeye salmon.

Don’t forget to purchase your 2022 sport fishing license and king stamp! Purchase your 2022 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, advisory announcements, and the 2022 Southwest Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.

For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Bristol Bay Area Office at (907) 842-2427.

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