Halibut, Rockfish Top Prince William Sound Fishing Action
The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
Prince William Sound Fishing Report
May 13, 2022
General Area Description: includes all waters between Cape Fairfield and Cape Suckling.
Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char
- From April 15 through June 14 there is no retention of cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, or steelhead trout to protect spawning fish. In addition, no bait is allowed during this time. Anglers may only use unbaited, artificial lures or flies.
- Dolly Varden/Arctic char are open year-around with a bag and possession limit of 10 fish (no size restrictions).
- Sockeye salmon should start showing up into Eyak River (in Cordova) over the next couple of weeks.
- Halibut and rockfish are the favorites to catch in Prince William Sound right now. Many anglers are reporting success of catching some nice halibut.
- Rockfish limits year-round are four fish per day, eight in possession of which only one can be a nonpelagic rockfish. Check your 2022 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet Rockfish pagesfor species identification information.
- The use of a deepwater release mechanism is required on all sport fishing vessels in Alaska and they must be used to release rockfish back down to depth of capture or 100 feet, whichever is shallower. Never heard of deepwater release? Check out our webpage for more info!
- Lingcod season will open on July 1.
- Don’t forget to get your PWS shrimp permit! The sport and subsistence shrimp season opened on
April 15 and will close on September 15. You are required to have your permit with you and document any time you have pots in the water.
- In 2022, the limit is three pots per vessel but only two pots may be set in areas in the vicinity of Whittier and Valdez. See the emergency order below and the map that comes with your permit for area specifics.
- Don’t forget you must record your catch on your permit prior to leaving the site or concealing your catch.
- Looking for a good starting depth? Try dropping your pots in the 300 to 400’ range. Sometimes even shallower can be more productive.
- Shrimpers are allowed to carry additional pots on their vessel, but those pots cannot be fished while shrimping even if they are targeting a different species (i.e., octopus).
- Harvest reports are due online by October 15. You can keep up on your harvest report throughout the season. We suggest entering your harvest data after each trip you take. Once the season closes you have 30 days to get all of your harvest reported.
- Harvest must be reported for each individual time you pull your pots and include your date, location, soak time, number of pots and your harvest report in gallons of whole shrimp. If you fail to report your harvest by October 15, 2022, you will not be able to get a permit in 2023.
- Itching to catch salmon in the saltwater? Start trolling for kings in Passage Canal. It’s never too early to start looking as these fish could show up any time.
- While lakes are open to fishing, there is still a lot of ice on them.
- Blueberry and Thompson lakes and Ruth Pond (Valdez area) will be stocked towards the end of June.
Please review the emergency orders and advisory announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-SHR-6-18-22 reduced the number of shrimp pots allowed to harvest shrimp in the Prince William Sound noncommercial shrimp fishery. The pot limit per person and per vessel has been reduced to three pots; however, of those three pots only two pots can be set in areas of historical high effort including areas near the Port of Valdez, near the Port of Whittier, and in portions of Port Wells and Culross Passage. This emergency order is in effect through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2022.
Don’t forget to purchase your 2022 sport fishing license and king stamp! Help maximize social distancing and 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 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing in before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the Anchorage Area Office at (907) 267-2218.