King Fishing Picking Up Off Yakutat Coast

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Yakutat Fishing Report

June 03, 2022

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Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye salmon have not started to enter the Situk River in fishable numbers yet. Boat surveys over the last week have detected a few sockeye downstream of the weir, but no large groups yet. Fishing for sockeye won’t start in earnest until mid-June.


King Salmon

Sportfishing for king salmon is open in Yakutat area marine waters. Reports of fishing by trollers and sport anglers in Yakutat Bay were better over the last week. The fish and the bait appeared back within the islands again with excellent fishing last weekend. Kings have also been reported being caught out front, and out near the pinnacles in the middle of Yakutat Bay. Most anglers are trolling spoons, hoochies, or herring behind a flasher 20-30 feet down along the beaches in about 40-60 feet of water.


Halibut fishing is good, with a few nice fish being brought in over the past week. Try soaking all sorts of baited circle hooks with bait such as herring, salmon heads, carcasses, octopus, squid, etc. The current nice weather should make it possible to get out front along the coast.


Lingcod fishing opened on May 16th. Fishing has been excellent for lingcod in the Yakutat area, with good catches being reported. Try using all sorts of jigs, darts, or cut-plug herring while mooching


Fishing for pelagic rockfish should be excellent in the Yakutat area. Try using all sorts of jigs, dart, or cut-plug herring while mooching.

For further information, please contact the Yakutat Area Sport Fish management biologist Jason Pawluk at (907) 784-3222.