Welcome to our guide to the 2023 fishing regulations for Sitka, Alaska! Sitka is a world-renowned fishing destination that offers anglers a unique opportunity to fish in some of the most pristine waters in the world. In this blog post, we'll provide you with the latest information on the 2023 fishing regulations for Sitka, Alaska. We'll cover everything from the types of fish you can catch, to bag limits, size limits, and other important rules and restrictions you need to know before you hit the water.
King salmon regulations
The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length
From January 1 through June 30, the annual harvest limit is three king salmon
From July 1 through July 15, the annual harvest limit is two king salmon
From July 16 through December 31, the annual harvest limit is one king salmon
The resident bag and possession limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length
Best time to catch King Salmon in Sitka, Alaska?
King salmon start trickling in from the deep water in mid to late April, with numbers rapidly increasing starting early to mid May. Peak season is the whole month of June, although higher catch rates have been experienced in late May and early to mid July. A schooling fish, King salmon are known for their incredible strength and fighting ability, making them the most sought after fish in Sitka.
Halibut Regulations (Area 2C)
All guided anglers:
1 per person per day, either 40" and under or 80" and over
No retention of halibut on Mondays beginning July 24th and extending through the end of the calendar year
Pacific halibut are a fascinating species of flatfish that have some unique adaptations to their environment. They are bottom-dwellers, spending most of their lives on the ocean floor at depths of up to 900 feet. To survive in this environment, Pacific halibut have evolved a number of special features, including a flattened body and both eyes on one side of their head. This allows them to blend in with the sandy or muddy bottom and spot prey more easily. Pacific halibut are also able to change color to match their surroundings, further enhancing their camouflage.
Black Cod (Sablefish) Regulations
4 per person/day
The Filet Mignon of Alaskan Whitefish
Black cod, also known as Sablefish or butterfish, are a species of deep-sea fish found in the North Pacific Ocean, from Alaska to California. They have a distinctive appearance, with a long, slender body and a large head with sharp teeth. Black cod are highly valued for their delicate, buttery flavor and flaky texture. They can live up to 90 years of age!
Silver (Coho) Salmon Regulations
6 per person/day
Best time to catch Silver salmon in Sitka, Alaska?
The best time to catch Silver (coho) salmon in Sitka is typically mid-July to mid September with peak season occurring in August. Occasionally we will have a substantial early run of Silvers starting in late June to early July, ranging from 10-20 per boat/day all the way to boat limits.
Types: Black, Dark, Blue, Dusky, Yellowtail & Widow
3 per person/day
It's funny, a lot of guests can't get enough of fishing for these feisty rockfish. Most fun when found in shallow water using lightweight jigs, these fish can put up quite a fight- occasionally pulling drag and acting as if you hooked into a 15lb King salmon.
Another reason for their popularity is that they make excellent table fare. Black rockfish have a firm, white flesh that is mild and sweet in flavor, with a meaty texture that holds up well when cooked. They make for some tasty fish tacos!
Types: Redbanded, Shortraker, Vermillion, Silvergray, Rougheye
1 per person/day
1 per person/day between 30-40" or over 55"
2 annual/person, 1 in each slot
Known for their unique and prehistoric appearance, ling cod are typically found in rocky areas and can weigh up to 80 pounds. They are known for their ferocity when feeding and have been known to attach other fish, including their own kind. Don't let their appearance diminish the delicious taste.
Salmon sharks, sometimes described as a mini great white due to appearance similarities, can grow to over 10 feet long and in excess of 660 pounds. An apex predator, the salmon shark feeds on salmon, squid, sablefish, herring and pollock; eating about 8% of their weight in food each day. Read more about the day we hooked and retained a Salmon shark.
1 per person/2 annual
It's important to remember that fishing is about more than just catching fish. It's about being out in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and spending quality time with family and friends. Fishing in Alaska provides an opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that surrounds us. From the majestic whales breaching in the distance to the stunning views of snow-capped mountains or pristine forests, the experience of fishing in Alaska is truly unforgettable. The rewards are unlimited, making whale watching and other natural wonders all the more special. The true treasure is the memories and experiences you'll take home with you.