Chinook (King) Salmon 2020 Regulations:
Daily and Annual harvest limits (per non-resident, 28″ or greater in length):
- May through June 14 – 1 per day, 3 per year annual limit
- June 15 through July 10 – 1 per day, 4 per year annual limit
- July 11 through July 30 – 2 per day, 6 per year annual limit
- July 31 through September 30 – 3 per day, 9 per year annual limit
Timing: May 1 – September 10. The peak of the run will mid-May through mid-August.
Size: Average size 16-25 pounds. 40 pounds earns bragging rights. 50 pounds considered trophy.
Coho (Silver) Salmon 2019 Regulations (2020 TBD):
Daily limit: 6 per person
Annual limit: none
Timing: Late June/early July – mid September
Size: Average size 6-10 pounds in June through late July, 8-12 pounds August and September. Silvers gain weight rapidly throughout the summer. By mid-August silvers of 12- 15 pounds are fairly common and the elusive 20 pound hooknose is possible.
Halibut 2020 Regulations:
Daily limit: 1 per person either under 45″ or over 80″
Annual limit: None
Timing: All season. We have had great success catching halibut very close to the 45-inch maximum – especially in May and June. Expect fast halibut action all season.
Size: 10-450 pounds. We see halibut of all sizes in Sitka. Best fishing is on the ocean, so as long as weather permits, we’ll get them!
Ling Cod 2019 Regulations (2020 TBD):
Daily limit: 1 per day; 30–35 inches or 55 inches and longer, annual limit of 2 fish, one of which is 30–35 inches in length, and one that is 55 inches or greater in length, harvest record required
Annual limit: 2 – one must be between 30-35″ and the other must be over 55″.
Timing: May 16 through November 30
Size: 30-35 inches or 55 inches and longer.
Pelagic Rockfish (Sea Bass) 2019 Regulations (2020 TBD):
Daily limit: 3 per day, no size limit
Annual limit: None
Timing: All season
Size: 3-8 pounds
Non-Pelagic Rockfish (Yelloweye Rockfish) 2019 Regulations (2020 TBD):
Daily limit: 1 per person, no size limit
Annual limit: 1 per person for yelloweye rockfish. No annual limit on other non-pelagic species.
Timing: Open all season with the exception of a closure for July 25 through August 31
Release: All non-pelagic rockfish must be deep water released
Size: 3-12 pounds
Black Cod 2019 Regulations (2020 TBD):
Daily limit: 4 per person
Annual limit: 8 per person
Timing: Available in deep water – in excess of 600 feet all season long.
Size: Most are 5-10 pounds, occasionally up to 25 pounds.
Salmon Shark 2019 Regulations (2020 TBD):
Daily limit: 1 per person
Annual limit: 2 per person
Timing: Tend to show up mostly in July through September.
Size: Range from 60 – 300 pounds.
We seldom target Salmon Sharks and their presence in our waters seems highly variable, ranging from seeing them on an off to not seeing them at all.