The Sitka Fishing Report is intended to paint a seasonal picture of what and where anglers are catching fish in the Sitka area at different times of the year. Sitka is located on Baranof Island approximately midway on the Alaska Panhandle between Canada and Yakutat. Sitka Sound is somewhat protected and offers angling for all five Pacific salmon species native to North America. The Sound is also home to a plethora of tasty bottomfish including lingcod, various rockfish species, and halibut.
Outside of Sitka Sound, the open ocean can provide even hotter fishing for the same species. Massive numbers of feeding and migrating salmon from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon pass by the entrance to Salisbury Sound, Cape Georgiana, Shelikof Bay, Cape Edgecumbe and Biorka Island on their way south towards their natal rivers. Halibut numbers are generally much better in the open ocean as well. The Sitka fishing report will cover all of these areas as reports come in. While fishing the open ocean in Alaska, weather is a factor, but when it’s right it’s not uncommon to find limits of salmon and bottomfish on a single day.
The Sitka Fishing Report will give you some ideas not only regarding where, but also when and how. Sitka Sound and the surrounding waters cover a large area. It can be somewhat overwhelming for those new to the area on a DIY trip to know where to go.
Regardless of whether fish are being caught inside the Sound, outside, or both, the Sitka Fishing Report will help you catch ‘em. The Sitka Fishing Report will be updated as often as new information or reports become available.
Fishing Regulations in the Sitka area are different than in other parts of Southeast. Be sure to check the regulations, including any Emergency Orders (EOs) that may have been issued recently. Current Sitka-area EOs can be found here.