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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Southeast Alaska is the place to be for kings, lingcod and halibut this summer

Rob Endsley, owner of Prince of Wales Sportfishing in Craig, Alaska, and co-host of the Outdoor Line on KIRO 710 AM Radio reported some good news for those making plans on heading up to the fish-rich waters of southeast Alaska.

Endsley says the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the slot limit for lingcod has been greatly increased to one fish between 30 inches and 45 inches in length, up from a slot of 30 to 35 inches.

“In addition, anglers may retain a second ling cod over 55 inches should you be lucky enough to land a trophy class ling of that caliber,” Endsley said. “In these waters you just never know what might climb on!”

Those who pursue halibut around southeast Alaska may keep one halibut daily under 45 inches or more than 68 inches.

“That’s up from one per day under 37 inches last year,” Endsley said. “That translates into a flattie under 43 pounds or over 163 pounds. We’re excited about the new halibut regulations for this season.”

Early reports for king salmon fishing in places like Sitka, Alaska indicate some fairly good action although weather has been good one day and lousy the next. Expect the king fishing to only improve as the season goes on.

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