Anglers are reminded that effective January 1, 2012, footgear with absorbent felt or other fibrous material on the soles are prohibited while sport fishing in the fresh waters of Alaska. The regulation was adopted by the Alaska Board of Fisheries in 2010, to reduce the potential for introduction and spread of invasive organisms, including plants, into Alaska waters. Invasive organisms spread by contaminated waders and other gear, can threaten resident fish stocks and important fish habitat.

Fresh water fishing-
The spring begins with a trophy steelhead run in the world renowned Situk River in April and May. King salmon and sockeye then share the Situk with the peak happening the last two weeks of June and first two weeks of July. Silver salmon fill the river beginning in late August and run into October. Fat dolly varden follow the other runs into the river throughout the summer. The steelhead run is world class, sockeye runs have been back up to the levels seen many years back, and silvers remain strong!

In September during the peak of silver salmon fishing the bright fish are found in all the waters of the area including the Lost River and Tawah Creek, both accessible by vehicle from Yakutat and several other local rivers accessible by short flights from Yakutat.

It is feasible to drift the river on your own or walk the rivers to fish. However to hire a river guides to enhance your experience, see the listings for local guides on the Fishing & Hunting Guides page. Drift boat rental outfitters are listed on the Water Travel page under Transportation.

Salt water fishing-
Yakutat Bay has the best halibut fishing in the world. The big flatfish are often found in 50-150 feet of water just 45 minutes from the dock. YAKUTAT HALIBUT LIMIT IS STILL 2 PER DAY. The best halibut fishing is from April through July and they can be caught even into September. Ling cod are often caught while fishing for halibut as are sea bass.

King salmon can be found in the bay in May and June. Silver salmon, limit 6 per day, inhabit the bay in great numbers in August and early September.

To find a charter captain to get you to the best salt water fishing areas, check out the charters listed on the Fishing & Hunting Guides page. Boat rentals are also available, find the information on the Water Travel page under Transportation.

Additional information:
Alaska Department of Fish & Game,
Local Yakutat fishing report,

Yakutat Chamber Of Commerce
PO Box 510
Yakutat, AK 99689



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