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Alaska Department of Fish & Game's
Resurrection Bay - Seward
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) 267-2100.


DATE:  Week of August 12 to August 18, 2014 


Emergency Orders and Regulation Changes

  • Resurrection Bay is always closed to lingcod fishing. If you harvest a lingcod outside of Resurrection Bay you cannot fish in the bay on the way back to port.
  • It is illegal to use a rockfish for bait while fishing for lingcod. If you catch a rockfish and a big lingcod grabs a hold of it Ė the lingcod must be released.
  • It is also illegal to use a gaff on any fish that is intended to be released.

SALTWATER

Halibut

  • Looks like the weather should be improving soon. For those who braved the high seas, halibut fishing continued to be fair to good in the North Gulf Coast waters outside of Resurrection Bay.
  • Inside Resurrection Bay try fishing around Eldorado Narrows.

Salmon
  • The 59th Seward Silver Salmon Derby is just ramping up! Ė donít forget to buy your derby ticket.
  • Silvers are being caught all over, but not at the head of the Bay just yet. Most fish have come in from Chaval and Canes Head. As of today, the leader is in at 17.41 pounds and you have to beat 14.97 pounds to break the top ten. The average entry this year is around 10 pounds (thatís a big silver!)
  • Feeder king salmon should continue to show up in the catch in Resurrection Bay.
  • Be sure to ID your salmon and know the difference between a feeder king and a sliver salmon.
  • Once the weather clears, lingcod fishing outside of Resurrection Bay is best at the Chiswells or east near Prince William Sound. Try fishing the headlands to the west for lingcod.

Other Saltwater Fishing
  • Lingcod fishing outside of Resurrection Bay is best at the Chiswells or east near Prince William Sound. Try fishing the headlands to the west for lingcod.
  • Rockfish are easy to catch and have a fairly conservative bag limit, so target your rockfish last.
  • The rockfish daily bag limit is 4 per day, of which only 1 may be a non-pelagic (demersal) rockfish.
  • Use deepwater release methods to release incidentally caught rockfish. For details, see the ADF&G Rockfish Conservation webpage at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.rockfishconservation
  • Study your rockfish identification, so you do not harvest more rockfish than they are allowed. Please read regulations and limits for the area that you are fishing.

SHELLFISH
  • Check out page 63 of the 2014 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary for regulations on this fishery, and page 62 shrimp pot requirements. Permits can be obtained at the Fish House in Seward.

FRESHWATER

Salmon

  • See sport fishing regulations for details about legal gear and legal area.

Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling

  • Dolly Varden will be following the pinks and chums into local streams.

Lake Fishing

  • Hike into Lost Lake this week to fish for rainbow trout.

Northern Pike

  • Northern pike are not native to Southcentral Alaska. Please report the capture of any pike to ADF&G. Do not release any that that you have caught.


Helpful Links

Area webpage: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Region2/AREAS/RESBAY/AHPR2res.cfm
Salmon and trout identification pages: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/regulations/2001/html/pdfs/01ayksalmonid.pdf
River levels: http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/ahps.cgi?pacr
Lake stocking: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/Hatchery/Stocking_search/HTML/stock_search.cfm
Maps to stocked lakes: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Region2/LAKEMAPS/HTML/LAKEMAP1.stm
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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