SOUTHEAST ALASKA’S FAMED FISHING GROUNDS
The sheer abundance of wild salmon, halibut, lingcod, and rockfish in our waters is what has established Waterfall Resort’s acclaim over the last century, first as a record-breaking cannery and today as full-service fishing lodge. Our region’s fishing season runs May through September. Annual bag limits, listed below, are issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Questions? Contact us at 800-544-5125.
King Salmon (Chinook)
The largest of Pacific salmon, kings or Chinooks average 14 to 17 pounds and about 36 inches long, and tend to appear in early to mid-June.
2019 Nonresident Season Limits: One fish daily, 28 inches or longer. Annual possession limits are three fish in June, one fish in July and August. Any king caught January through June applies toward the one fish limit.
Silver Salmon (Coho)
Silvers average 8 to 12 pounds and about two-and-a-half feet long, and are abundant in our waters during their late summer run.
2019 Nonresident Season Limits: Six fish per day, with no annual limit.
Pink Salmon (Humpback)
Also known as “humpies” pinks are the smallest of Pacific salmon, averaging 3 to 5 pounds and 15 to 20 inches long. They swim to our waterfall in August.
2019 Nonresident Season Limits: Six fish per day 16 inches or longer, with no annual limit.
Large and flat, Southeast Alaska’s halibut can weigh more than 100 pounds, with the larger adults tipping the scales at well over 300 pounds.
2019 Nonresident Season Limits: One fish per day, which must be either 38 inches or less or 80 inches or more in length, with no annual limit. Halibut in the slot between 38 inches and 80 inches must be released.
Lingcod may weigh over 80 pounds and reach five feet long or more. In spite of their size, lingcod yield only about 20 percent of their weight for your dinner plate.
2019 Nonresident Season Limits: One fish 30 to 45 inches, and one fish 55 inches or longer, with an annual limit of two fish.
More Than 20 Rockfish Species
Rockfish can be found swimming near rocky shores. Some species are pelagic (coastal and midwater dwellers); others are nonpelagic (deepwater dwellers). Most average one to six pounds, with some reaching up to 30 pounds and three feet long. There are no size restrictions on rockfish.
- Pelagic Rockfish Species
Pelagics include dusky, dark, widow, blue, yellowtail, and black rockfish, known in Alaska as “black bass.”
2019 Nonresident Season Limits: Five fish per day, with no annual limit.
- Nonpelagic Rockfish Species
Nonpelagics include all other area species, including yelloweye (see below).
2019 Nonresident Season Limits: One fish per day, except July 25–August 31, when all nonpelagic rockfish must be deep-water released. There is no annual limit for nonpelagic rockfish, except for yelloweye.
This bright yellow-orange nonpelagic rockfish, known locally as “Alaska red snapper,” averages 10 to 12 pounds and may live to 120 years or more.
2019 Nonresident Season Limits: One fish per day, except July 25–August 31, when all yelloweye must be deep-water released. The annual limit is one fish.