Fishing on Prince of Wales Island

Prince of Wales Island and surrounding marine waters offer an excellent opportunity for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. The extensive road system provides access to coastal areas, as well as many streams, rivers, and lakes.

Almost all fish present in the waters of Prince of Wales Island are “wild.” However, there are a couple of hatchery programs on the island.

The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association produces several runs of hatchery-bred fish. Coho salmon return during June/July to the short section of stream at the Neck Lake outlet, on the northeastern portion of the island, near Whale Pass. Luck Falls Sockeye salmon also return to this area. Summer-run chum salmon return to the Kendrick Bay area near the southeastern corner of Prince of Wales Island.

The Prince of Wales Hatchery Association has a hatchery facility near Klawock. It produces both coho and sockeye salmon that return to the Klawock River.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulates all sport fishing. Be sure to check the regulations and purchase the necessary license before you fish. You can buy a license online from Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G), or purchase one at a tackle shop or convenience store in one of the larger communities. Often lodges and outfitter and guides do sell licenses. Note: Some stores close on Sunday, or are only open between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, so plan accordingly.

Don’t forget your camera, and remember to dress in layers with clothing, as hypothermia can kill. Rain gear is a must, and hip boots and chest waders should be considered when fishing rivers and streams. When fishing in freshwater make sure you have insect repellent and be aware of bears.

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