Sport Fishing Report: June 29, 2020

Jun 29, 2020

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Bi-Weekly Fishing Report

Unalaska Bay/Dutch Harbor Road System

June 29, 2020

Regulation reminders:

· The bag limit for Unalaska Bay fresh and saltwaters is 5 salmon per day of which only 2 may be sockeye.

· Anglers are reminded that Town Creek (Iliuliuk) is closed to fish for sockeye year round.

· The saltwaters of Summer Bay are open to snagging, however, the freshwaters from the outlet of Summer 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.

· The Southwest Alaska Sportfish regulation booklet has a complete list of sport fishing regulations for Unalaska Bay. It can be found in print in many locations or at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishregulations.sw_sportfish

Fishing reports:

·      Dolly fishing around town has been really good from the beaches. Dollies typically get more aggressive and larger as the summer goes on and they fatten up before returning to freshwater in July and August.

·      Doesn’t sound like many reds have been caught off front beach yet, or have been sighted off other beaches along the road and the red runs are late or weak this season.

·      McLees Lake seems to be slow so far with just under 1500 reds counted. Most red runs across the state are late with some being much weaker than anticipated.

·      Halibut fishing appears to be slow but should be picking up any time now too, with fish moving into shallower waters as the water warms up.

·      Crabbing sounds slow as well, unfortunately.

·      As of January 1, 2020 all anglers fishing saltwaters from a boat in Alaska need to have a deep water release device on board and release any rockfish they aren’t keeping to 100 ft or the depth of capture, whatever is shallower.

·      See the ADF&G website for more information about deepwater release at this page: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm%3Fadfg%3DfishingSportFishingInfo.rockfishconservation