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Sport Fishing Report: Aug. 24, 2020

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Bi-Weekly Fishing Report Unalaska Bay/Dutch Harbor Road System August 24, 2020

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’s Bay 250 yards around the mouth of the creek and Summer Bay Lake will be closing 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:

·      Most red runs are winding down now and typically are over by mid-August, however, it sounds like there are still some reds over in Volcano Bay.

·      Lots of strong pink runs near town now that should be nearing their peak. Now’s the time to grab bright pinks as they will be getting really hard to find soon.

·      The lower parts of Town Creek and areas of Summer Bay more than 250 yds from the creek mouth are likely places to look for bright pinks.

·      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 decent catches reported from Unalaska Bay.

·      Crabbing is still slow by nearly all reports.

·      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.

Tyler Polum is the Kodiak Area Management Biologist for the Sportfish Division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
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