Sport Fishing Report: June 17, 2019

Jun 17, 2019

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Bi-Weekly Fishing Report for the Unalaska Bay/Dutch Harbor Road System Issued June 17, 2019

Things are still picking up for many species, but from the sound of it, reds are showing up in a few places and dolly fishing has been good on Front Beach. Out in the Bay halibut fishing has been decent while king salmon trolling has been sporadic if not slow.Regulation reminders:

  • The bag limit for Unalaska Bay fresh and saltwaters is 5 salmon per day of which only 2 may be sockeye.
  • The bag limit for the remainder of Unalaska Island is 5 salmon per day all of which may be sockeye or coho.
  • Anglers are reminded that Town Creek (Iliuliuk) is closed to fish for sockeye year round.
  • The saltwaters of Summer’s Bay are open to snagging, however, the freshwaters from the outlet of Summer’s Bay Lake to the ocean are closed to all sportfishing.
  • All freshwaters of Unalaska Island are closed to snagging year round.
  • Anglers are reminded that many of the creeks flowing into Unalaska Bay have closed waters for a portion of the drainage or all of the drainage in some cases. Be sure to keep an eye out for signs marking closed waters and to consult the Southwest Alaska Sportfish regulation booklet for a complete list of sport fishing regulations for Unalaska Bay.

Fishing reports:

  • Reds are showing up in a few places, though with no weir at McLee’s this year, all reports are anecdotal for run strength and timing. Remember that all freshwaters of the Unalaska Lake drainage are closed to fishing for reds.
  • Reds should be starting to show up at Summer Bay soon!
  • Dolly Varden are being caught in town creek as well as Front Beach. They should be able to be caught off most local beaches as well from now through early July.
  • From the sounds of it king salmon trolling has been slow this year, though a couple fish have been caught.
  • Halibut fishing is picking up, however, with fish being harvested more regularly near Priest Rock and other locations. There are even a few reports of cod caught lately.
  • King crab fishing opened on June 1 but it sounds like it is slow with very few crab around. There have been a few tanners harvested in the last couple weeks, however.