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PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND and the Copper River Delta Area
Weekly Fishing Forecast

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This report is reproduced from information provided by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Anchorage Office, and will be updated weekly throughout the fishing season. The same message can be accessed on their Record-A-Phone "Sportfishing Forecast" at (907) 267-2516.


DATE:  Week of AUGUST 28, 2013 


Emergency Orders and Regulation Changes

  • Permits are mandatory for all noncommercial shrimp fishermen. Permits are available at local Fish and Game offices and at select vendors.
  • Ibeck Creek is closed to all sport fishing upstream from a point three miles above the Copper River Highway. Signs are posted at the closure.
  • On the Copper River Delta, any silver salmon removed from the water must be retained and becomes part of the bag limit of the angler who originally hooked the fish.
  • All silver salmon destined to be released must remain the water.


FRESHWATER
SALMON
  • Silver salmon have arrived in the Eyak River and Ibeck Creek and fishermen are catching limits with ease. Rain is in the forecast for the next few days.
  • Silvers are just making their way into the Alaganik slough system.
  • **PLEASE NOTICE SIGNS MARKING WHERE FRESH WATER BEGINS NEAR CREEK OUTLETS IN THE SOUND… SNAGGING IS NOT PERMITTED IN FRESH WATER**

Resident Fish - Trout, Grayling & Dolly Varden
  • Cutthroat trout fishing is good along the Copper River highway. Leech patterns, small spinners, and egg patterns are good options.
  • Anglers are reminded to check the Prince William Sound regulations on the legal size limit for retained trout.
  • Anadromous Dolly Varden char are making their way back to spawning and over wintering areas. These fish can be found in streams and creeks in schools of more than 1,000 fish. Use fry/smolt imitation flies or small spinners at lake outlets or stream confluences. Egg patterns fished behind pink and chum salmon is a great approach to catching these fun fish.

SALTWATER
Halibut, Lingcod, and Rockfish

  • Halibut angling is slowing down throughout most of the Sound. However, some nice sized fish continue to be caught – most commonly in the southern reaches of the Sound near ocean entrances.
  • Rockfish angling is quite productive with small jigs near rocky reefs.
  • AND REMEMBER if you are targeting multiple species, target rockfish last, and use a deepwater release mechanism on all released rockfish (these devices can turn the chance of survival for a rockfish from near zero to near 100%!)

    What’s deepwater release? http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.rockfishconservation

  • It has been a great year for Lingcod fishing in Prince William Sound. Anglers are still catching large lingcod near Montague. Large jigs fished 10 feet off the bottom near and on top of steep rocky ridges and reefs work quite well for lingcod.

Salmon
  • Silvers are picking up at Flemming Spit and the lagoon near Cordova.
  • Silvers are not so hot in Whittier, but are still gangbusters in Valdez. It’s shaping up to be a very good silver year for the Prince William Sound.
  • The Valdez Silver Salmon derby is having a good year, and this derby runs through September 1st. Look on the derby website to see pictures of all the daily winners.
  • The pink salmon fishery is winding down, but the silver salmon action is in full swing.

Shrimp & Shellfish
  • Shrimping continues to be productive throughout the Sound with anglers reporting better catches with deeper sets; 350 - 600 ft.
  • Don't forget your shrimp permit - everyone needs one.
  • Report all suspected shrimp pot theft to your local fish and game office or a state trooper.
  • Remember to weight down your trap so that the current won't sweep it away into deeper water.


Helpful Links

Area webpage: HYPERLINK "http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Region2/AREAS/PWS/AHPR2PWS.cfm" http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Region2/AREAS/PWS/AHPR2PWS.cfm
Rockfish identification pages: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/regulations/2001/html/pdfs/01scrockfish10pdf.pdf
Salmon and trout identification pages: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/regulations/2001/html/pdfs/01ayksalmonid.pdf
Sonar estimates/weir counts: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Region2/Escapement/HTML/query.cfm
River levels: http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/ahps.cgi?pacr
Southcentral informational handouts: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/region2/pubs.cfm
Safety in bear country: http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/hunt_trap/hunting/huntak/huntak14.cfm
Enforcement: http://www.dps.state.ak.us/fwp/index.asp
Regulations: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/reghome.cfm
Northern pike: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/region2/areas/anch/pikepage.cfm
OEO/ADA statement: http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/oeostate.php


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