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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 19 to August 25, 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 the lingcod must be released.
  • It is also illegal to use a gaff on any fish that is intended to be released.

SALTWATER

Halibut

  • Recent storms have hampered halibut fishing by keeping many boats tied up to the dock.
  • Halibut fishing remains best in the North Gulf Coast waters outside of Resurrection Bay.
  • Most boats head east out towards Prince William Sound.
  • Head west towards uncharted halibut fishing and explore.

Salmon
  • Recent storms have scattered coho all over the bay and local anglers report that they have yet to school back up.
  • Good coho catches were recently reported from Cheval Narrows. Try trolling around the Islands too.
  • It remains about a week early for coho salmon to hit the Seward beaches. I would expect the beach fishery to improve slowly over the next week to ten days and be really good just about Labor Day weekend or there about.
  • Outside Resurrection Bay, try trolling the headlands towards Prince William Sound.
  • Feeder king salmon have been showing up in the catch in Resurrection Bay daily.

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

  • Anadromous Dolly Varden char are now following the spawning salmon into streams. They can be fun to catch using a fly rod or tossing by hardware with a spinning rod.

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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