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.
2021 Nonresident Season Limits:
- One fish daily, 28 inches or longer.
- January 1 - June 30: Annual possession limit is three king salmon.
- July 1 -7: Annual possession limit is two king salmon.
- July 8 - July 31: Annual possession limit is one king salmon.
- August 1 - December 31: No kings may be retained.
Any king caught January through June applies toward the annual fish limit.
Best Months to catch Salmon: Although large king salmon can be caught throughout the summer months, the peak king salmon season is mid-June through the beginning of August.
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.
2021 Nonresident Season Limits: Six fish per day, with no annual limit.
Best Months to Catch Silver Salmon: Much like kings, silvers are present throughout the summer months, however their peak season is end of July through September.
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.
2021 Nonresident Season Limits: Six fish per day 16 inches or longer, with no annual limit.
Pacific Halibut - NEW 2021 SLOT
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.
2021 Nonresident Season Limits: One fish per day, which must be either 50 inches or less or 72 inches or more in length, with no annual limit. Halibut in the slot between 50 inches and 72 inches must be released. (Previous 2020 slot was 45 inches or less or 80 inches or more in length.)
Best Months to Catch Halibut: Large halibut are caught through out the summer months, from the beginning of June through the end of September.
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.
2021 Nonresident Season Limits: One fish 30 to 45 inches, and one fish 55 inches or longer, with an annual limit of two fish.
Pelagic Rockfish Species
Pelagics include dusky, dark, widow, blue, yellowtail, and black rockfish, known in Alaska as “black bass.”
2021 Nonresident Season Limits: Five fish per day, with no annual limit.