Sports Fishing Report: September 7, 2018

Sep 7, 2018

  Issued September 7, 2018

Silvers are in at many local creeks. Town Creek and Captain’s Bay have been good along with Nateekin and Broad Bay. Crabbing and halibut fishing can still be good through September as well! Be sure to make note of sport fishing regulations for the area the you plan to fish as they do change throughout the season and between rivers in the area.

Regulation reminders:

  • The bag limit for Unalaska Bay fresh and saltwaters is 5 salmon per day of which only 2 may be sockeye and 2 may be coho.
  • The bag limit for the remainder of Unalaska Island is 5 salmon per day all of which may be sockeye or coho.
  • 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.
  • Remember that a fish hooked elsewhere than in the mouth is snagged.
  • The daily limit for Tanner Crab for sport and subsistence fishing is 12 per day and only male crab over 5.5” may be taken.

Fishing reports:

  • Silver runs in the Unalaska Bay area are picking up!
  • Silvers have been caught at Town Creek and Captains Bay with some regularity and other rivers such as Nateekin and Broad Bay are seeing good silver runs too.
  • Silver runs usually peak in mid-September so there still should be some available in saltwater to catch from the beach or trolling in a boat.
  • King salmon fishing has been good for most of the summer, but few reports have come in lately for king salmon. Looks for areas with schooling bait fish or whales for the best king trolling.
  • Pinks are still around most rivers as well and could slow down silver fishing in some places. Pinks will usually be done spawning by mid-September and few are generally left by the end of September.
  • Halibut fishing has been good by most accounts, but some anglers report more spotty fishing than others. Generally, saltwater’s are still relatively warm through September and halibut can generally be caught in less than 100ft of water, particularly near rivers.
  • Tanner crab fishing has been good as well with consistent harvests reported. Remember that only male Tanner Crab larger than 5.5” can be retained. Limits are 12 per day. See the 2018 Southwest Alaska Sportfishing Regulation Booklet for more details on crab fishing under sport regulations.