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FISH SPECIES + REGULATIONS*
Regulations are set by Alaska Department of Fish & Game and NOAA and are subject to change. Regulations listed below are specifically for non-residents. For Alaska resident regulations and updated regulations, check here.
Peak Season: May, Jun, Jul
Current Regulation: 1 King Salmon Per Day, 3 Annual Limit, 28in Minimum
Mooching up a king salmon in the ocean is a challenging and exhilarating experience. King salmon put up a strong fight, making long, powerful runs and dive deep. The battle with a King can last for several minutes to even hours. It's an experience that requires patience, skill, and stamina that the Cast Alaska crew will guide you through. King salmon in Sitka weigh approximately 12-30 pounds and are known for their rich, fatty fillets. King salmon season is recommended for those who want to target Alaska's greatest fish in the last part of Alaska you can intentionally target and keep king salmon.
Peak Season: Mid-July, Aug, Sep
Current Regulation: 6 Silver Salmon Per Day, No Annual Limit, 16in Minimum
The technique of mooching for salmon really outperforms other styles of fishing when you're on a hot silver salmon bite. Fishing over a school of silver salmon while each fisherman works a rod along the water column can only be described as controlled chaos. Coho are known to hit shallow and have a darty nature, meaning you'll likely have moments weaving over and under your friends to land a limit of coho salmon. Don't worry, your guides are expertly trained on teaching you the best methods to "control" the chaos. Silver salmon season is recommended for those who want more action but not necessarily the largest fish.
Peak Season: May - Sep
Current Regulation: 1 per person per day either under 40″ or over 80″. Retention of halibut is prohibited on Mondays beginning on July 24 until the end of the season.
Halibut fishing can be a physically demanding, but rewarding experience. You can expect to specifically target the perfect "eater" halibut (15 to 30 pounds) at the bottom in depths of 150 to 450 feet. At this size halibut are a delicious and versatile fish to cook. It requires strong equipment (provided), patience, and skill to reel in these fish that have a face "only a mother could love." But it's an experience that can lead to a delicious and abundant catch that you can pull out of your freezer all winter long.
Peak Season: May 15 - Sep 15
Current Regulation: 1 Annual Limit, 30-35" Slot
Jigging is a popular and effective method of fishing for lingcod. A weighted jig with one or two hooks is dropped over a pinnacle on the ocean and then quickly jerked up and dropped again, simulating the movement of a live baitfish. This technique is effective in attracting lingcod, which are known to be aggressive predators. Jigging requires only a little skill and practice to master, and can be a very rewarding method of catching these delicious fish. Each angler is allowed to keep one lingcod a year, so it's not typically specifically targeted but picked away over the course of 3 or 4 days and can often be mooched up when targeting salmon, halibut, or rockfish.
Peak Season: Year Round
Current Regulation: 2 Per Person Per Day, No Annual Limit
Fishing for rockfish is a great way to introduce kids to the joys of fishing. Rockfish are known to be relatively easy to catch and are typically found in shallow waters near the shore. This makes them a great option for kids who may not have the patience or stamina to fish in deeper waters. Rockfish are also delicious to eat, making it a fun and tasty way for kids to learn about the fishing process from catching to preparing their own meal. Overall, fishing for rockfish is a great way to spend time outdoors and bond with your kids.