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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 SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 


Emergency Orders and Regulation Changes

  • 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 - the lingcod must be released.
  • It is also illegal to use a gaff on any fish that is intended to be released.

SALTWATER

Halibut

  • Halibut fishing continues to fair to good, but fall storms are keeping boats from the best fishing areas. If you have good weather, you will likely have some decent fishing.

Lingcod

  • Lingcod fishing outside of Resurrection Bay continues to be good (Res Bay is always closed to lingcod fishing). A seventy pounder was landed last week. Be sure your lingcod are of legal size.

Salmon
  • Silver salmon fishing continues to be good at the head of Resurrection Bay.
  • Those going outside the bay are not having as good of luck.
  • There is a shoreline fishery for silvers for the first time in several years. Try on the east side of the bay and all along the west side from Lowell Point into town.
  • Shore fishermen should also fish the flood tide (incoming tide).

Other Saltwater Fishing
  • 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
  • Pacific cod fishing has been slow, but 4 to 5 pound cod are excellent table fare.
  • Kelp greenlings are also very good eating when prepared fresh.

SHELLFISH
  • There have been no reports from the personal-use shrimp pot fishery. This fishery is now open in the entire North Gulf Coast area from Cape Fairfield to Gore Point. To participate in the fishery you must be an Alaska resident with a current sport fishing license or ADF&G Permanent ID card, and a North Gulf Coast shrimp pot fishery permit. Permits can be obtained at the Anchorage, Homer, or Soldotna ADF&G offices. They can also be obtained at The Fish House in Seward.
  • Check out page 63 of the 2013 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary for regulations on this fishery, and page 62 shrimp pot requirements.

FRESHWATER

Salmon

  • See sport fishing regulations for details about legal gear and legal area. Fresh water fishing for salmon in the freshwaters of Resurrection Bay is limited. See page 58 of the regulation booklet for details.

Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling

  • Dolly Varden are heading into streams to eat salmon eggs and spawn later in the fall. They can be fun to catch using a fly rod or tossing hardware with a spinning rod.

Lake Fishing

  • A hike into Vagt Lake may be worth your time. This is a stocked lake that produces some nice size 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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