Regional Reports-West

Situk River

Alaska's Situk River, near the seaside village of Yakutat, is home to big steelhead. The Situk (35 minutes by plane northwest of Juneau) has two runs. Fall steelhead enter the river in late August or September and spring fish in mid-March, but both runs start to spawn in May and move out by early June. So fishing in March and April will target a significant number of fish. The major access point is Nine Mile Bridge, which is accessible by road; the best fishing is five miles in either direction. You can arrange for guided trips or set out on your own. Only artificial lures or flies are legal and the limit is one fish per day, two per season, 36 inches or greater in length. This is one of the strongest runs of wild steelhead in North America and catch-and-release is strongly encouraged. Egg-sucking leeches, Purple Zonkers and egg patterns are the preferred flies, while spin-fishermen toss #4 Mepps Spinners and Spin-N-Glows. Contact: Alaska Department of Fish and Game (907-784-3222); John Latham Guiding (907-784-3287).