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Sports Fishing Report: June 21, 2018

Jul 5, 2018

Issued June 21, 2018

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 fishing 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.
  • 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:

  • Reds are starting to show up at McLee’s and Front Beach but appears to be off to a slow start. Red runs so far throughout the state are weak and many systems have experienced restricted fishing. Restrictions should not be anticipated for anglers in the Unalaska Area but red runs are not expected to be strong this season either.
  • The first reports of reds caught at Summer’s Bay have come in too, but this run typically peaks much later than McLee’s or Town Creek and it is too early to guage run strength.
  • King salmon fishing has been good in Unalaska Bay with reports of anglers getting their limits.
  • Dolly fishing continues to be consistent and good from local beaches. Dollies should be heading back to their freshwater streams to feed and spawn in the next several weeks.
  • No reports of halibut fishing have come in yet, but fishing should be picking up very soon! Usually by early June halibut have moved into shallower waters and are more accessible to anglers.
  • Tanner crab fishing is off to a good start with consistent harvests reported, no reports of subsistence king crab harvest yet. 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.

We are always in need of fishing reports, please call or email us if you get out fishing and can let us know what’s going on!

Contact Tyler Polum at tyler.polum@alaska.gov or 486-1880 for more sport fishing information.