Alaska Sockeye Limit Raised in Resurrection Bay, So Now Would Be the Time to Go

Seward, Alaska sees its sockeye salmon limited raised to 12 a day through this season.

A banner season for salmon has led to fishery managers declaring an increased sockeye limit around the famed Resurrection Bay area of Alaska.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an "emergency order" to raise the sockeye bag limit to 12 per day for the Resurrection River and the northern saltwater portions of Resurrection Bay.

The increased limit went into effect for those salmon fishing in the area at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 14 and remain in effect through July 31, 2019.

To put it another way, can you book an Alaskan flight in the next month or so?

Fish counts and overall salmon populations have recovered, and both sustainable escapement goal (SEG) and hatchery broodstock requirements had been met, leading to the raised limit.

"Fishing for sockeye salmon in the saltwaters of Resurrection Bay has been great," area management biologist Jay Baumer said in the Alaska Fish and Game news release. "With the number of fish passing through, we hope this will provide anglers an additional opportunity to get some fresh sockeye."

Out of state sport fishing licenses in Alaska will run $25 for one day, $45 for three days, $70 for seven days, or $105 for 14 days. An annual nonresident sport fishing license is $145. Should you target king salmon, an additional tag cost will be applied.

It's tough to think of many better fishing trips than the Alaska salmon runs, and if the sockeye fishing is as good as it's claimed to be, it's probably time to pull the trigger.

Then again, if you can't get up there for immediate Alaska sockeye salmon fishing, it's still worth it to target a visit in the future.

All five salmon species in Alaska are a ton of fun to catch, and usually eat depending on the time of year and circumstances. Pink salmon, king salmon, silver salmon, chum, and sockeye can easily turn a trip into a legitimate fishing adventure with their pound-for-pound fight and delicious table fare potential.

If you need a sidekick for your trip, we could clear our schedule...