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Alaska fishing: Sitka area

Alaska salmon fishing, Alaska halibut fishing, Alaska fishing, king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, Pacific halibut, rockfish, lingcod, Sitka, Sitka Sound, Baranof Island, Chichagof Island, Kruzof Island, Peril Strait, Tenakee Inlet, charters, charter boats, deep seaThe Sitka, Alaska area: Alaska salmon fishing, Alaska halibut fishing, Alaska fishing, king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, Pacific halibut, rockfish, lingcod, Sitka, Sitka Sound, Baranof Island, Chichagof Island, Kruzof Island, Peril Strait, Tenakee Inlet, charters, charter boats, deep seaListen to a RealAudio™ interview (5:51) with Alaska Department of Fish and Game sport fish biologist Art Schmidt (907/747-5355) for additional information about  fishing in the Sitka, Alaska area.

Species

The most important three species are king and coho (silver) salmon and halibut. Coho are abundant in the area, and King salmon numbers have improved substantially in recent years.

The best halibut fishing is further from Sitka.  Red snapper, lingcod and other saltwater species are available.  Dolly Varden, rainbow, steelhead, and brook trout are found in Sitka area freshwater streams.

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Geography

The Sitka area includes Baranof Island, the western part of Chichagof Island, and many smaller adjacent islands. The islands are heavily forested, and rise to snow-capped mountains along the spine of Baranof Island. A portion of the area is protected from the open Pacific, and Sitka itself is in a partially protected sound.

The ample rainfall of the area produces many streams and lakes, most of which are populated by fish.

Best saltwater fishing times in the Sitka area (ADF&G data)

Species Availability Peak
King salmon year round May through July
Sockeye salmon June through mid-August July
Coho salmon mid-July through mid September mid July through September
Pink salmon June through August mid-July through mid-September
Chum salmon June through mid September June through mid-September
Dolly Varden year round June through mid-July
Cutthroat trout May through September June
Halibut February through December June through mid-September
Rockfish year round June through mid-September
Lingcod year round year round

Best freshwater fishing times in the Sitka area (ADF&G data)

Species Availability Peak
King salmon limited openings mid-June through mid-August
Sockeye salmon June through mid-September July through August
Coho salmon mid-June through mid-November mid-August through mid-October
Pink salmon June through August mid-July through September
Chum salmon July through October August through mid-September
Dolly Varden year round July through October
Steelhead trout mid-April through mid-June mid-April through mid-June
Rainbow trout year round mid-May through June
Cutthroat trout year round May and June
Brook trout year round July through September
Grayling year round year round
 

Transportation

Access to the Sitka area is by aircraft or by boat only. There is daily jet service to Sitka, and commuter airlines serve the smaller communities nearby.  The Alaska Marine Highway links this community with the rest of the region and the Seattle area. The road system on Baranof Island is limited to the area around Sitka. Most fishing access is by charter boat or float plane.

Click for Sitka, Alaska ForecastWeather

The Sitka area is wet by most standards, although the summer months tend to have the best weather of the year. Rain or drizzle is the norm, but periods of dry, sunny weather are typical during the summer.

Clothing in layers, effective raingear, and good footwear are all important for anglers.

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