Sport Fishing Report: Sept. 9, 2020

Sep 11, 2020

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Bi-Weekly Fishing Report Unalaska Bay/Dutch Harbor Road System

Regulation reminders:

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

· Anglers are reminded that Town Creek (Iliuliuk) and Summer Bay Creek are closed to fish for sockeye year-round.

· The saltwaters of Summer Bay 250 yards around the mouth of the creek and Summer Bay Lake are closed as of August 16.

· 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:

·      Silvers are just showing up near local rivers such as near Captain’s Bay and Town Creek though no reports of silvers in the freshwaters yet.

·      Remember Summer Bay is closing within 250 yds of the mouth of the creek on August 16 for all fishing, the lake will also be closing. Summer Bay Creek is closed to fishing year-round.

·      Halibut fishing is still steady with fish being caught readily in Unalaska Bay.

·      Halibut will often move near creek mouths in fairly shallow water late in the season to eat salmon and salmon carcasses. Now is a great time to try to catch them near shore and in protected waters if you can’t get out further!

·      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

Contact Tyler Polum or Kelly Krueger at 486-1880 for more sport fishing information.