2023 Regulations

Southeast Alaska Fishing Regulations (PDF)


King (Chinook) Salmon: One king salmon 28” or greater in length per day:

  • June 8 – June 30: Nonresident annual limit is three king salmon
  • July 1 – July 15: Nonresident annual limit is two king salmon
  • July 16 – December 31: Nonresident annual limit is one king salmon

Silver (Coho) Salmon: Six per day with no annual limit.

Pink (Humpy) Salmon: Six per day with no annual limit.

Keta (Chum) Salmon: Six per day with no annual limit.

Halibut (Unguided):  Two per day, no size limit, no annual limit.

Halibut (Guided):  One per day under 40″ or over 80″. New Day of Closure Regulation. Halibut retention is prohibited to guided anglers Mondays starting July 24, 2023 until the end of 2023 season.

Lingcod:  One per day between 30-40″ or over 55″ with an annual limit of one per each slot size. Season opens May 15th

Non-Pelagic Rockfish: Closed to nonresidents (copper, china, tiger, quillback, yelloweye)

Slope Rockfish:  One per day (silver gray)

Sable Fish (Black Cod):  Four per day, annual limit 8 per person.

Pacific Cod (Grey Cod):  No day limit. No annual limit. Shellfish (Dungeness Crab):   Three per day (6.5” minimum size) Pots are available at the lodge when crabs are in season. Crab pot buoys must be marked with:
  • Angler’s first initial and last name
  • Home address
  • AK Number of Rental Boat

NOTE ON POSSESSION LIMITS:  In Alaska, all species with a daily bag limit have a possession limit of two daily bag limits. However, once your fish are preserved by freezing, canning, drying etc. they no longer count against your possession limit. As we clean, vacuum pack and freeze your catch daily, you can continue fishing with no worries of keeping fish over your possession limit.

General Information About Fishing Southeast Alaska

Southeast Alaska covers an area about 500 miles in length from the U.S./Canada border just below Prince of Wales Island north to Yakutat and to Cape Suckling. Southeast or the “panhandle” as it is known in Alaska, is noted for its fjords, mountains, maritime climate, old growth spruce and hemlock forests, glaciers, and fishing! Southeast includes over 1,000 islands strung just offshore westward from the mainland. The Tongass National Forest, the icy Glacier Bay National Park and the Misty Fjords National Monument are just three of the federally designated areas that are found in this area of islands and rugged mountains.

Marine and freshwater sport fishing opportunities abound. Southeast Alaska fishing is world-renowned and sport anglers can stay busy year-round fishing for wild trout, steelhead, all five species of Pacific salmon, halibut, lingcod, rockfish and a variety of other species. Opportunities for both freshwater and saltwater shoreline fishing for salmon exist near most towns and cities.

An average of over 90 inches of rain falls on Southeast Alaska annually. Summer temperatures average 65°F. Waterproof jackets and pants are recommended. Wear several layers of light clothing for warmth. Bug dope should be considered a necessity for any fishing trip to Southeast Alaska. You might want to check the current weather conditions and forecast before you come at the National Weather Service.