The 2021 coho salmon report in Yakutat is encouraging. Coho began to arrive in Yakutat Bay in late July and were found in fishable numbers in early August. Saltwater anglers found fish near Kahntaak Island, Ocean Cape and in Monti Bay. Anglers brought fish to hand by trolling spoons, hoochies and herring, all behind a flasher.
As the month progressed, coho numbers increased in the salt and they also began to enter the Situk River. An “atmospheric river” entered the area in the second week of August, making both ocean and river fishing very difficult. While anglers were able to fish in the ocean on the better weather days during that week, the river was completely blown out. Reaching historic levels, the logjams that are found throughout the river were rearranged and blocked the river in spots, making it necessary for the crew at Yakutat Lodge to head out and cut opening in the logjams to permit boat traffic. Once that was all behind them, Yakutat Lodge guides and clients could begin to target silver salmon again in the Situk.
By mid-August, the 2021 coho salmon report continued to improve as numbers of fish increased in the river and schools of coho were more readily found in the saltwater. That’s a good time to start mooching for silvers and is a very fun and interactive way to land a saltwater coho. Once the river settled back down after the flood, coho began to stream in. The key then was to avoid hooking pinks while targeting fresh coho.
Looking further into August, the 2021 coho salmon report continued to improve. Ocean-catch-rates were excellent and when water conditions were right in the river, basically when the river wasn’t swelling from rain, then anglers experienced good action. Boat anglers had the benefit of picking fishable spots, while wading anglers were less fortunate in battling high-water conditions.
By the beginning of September, coho fishing was in high gear in the freshwater. While coho still remained in the saltwater, the Yakutat area 2021 coho fishing report reinforced that the freshwater now had fishable numbers throughout the region. Periodic rains continued to make the river rise, which hindered coho fishing to some degree. But fishing remained good in both the saltwater and in the freshwaters of the region during the beginning of the month.
As September reached it’s culmination, coho could be found throughout the river and the largest specimens of the year were caught. Coho fishing in the saltwater began to substantially decline, so the majority of activity revolving around coho took place in the freshwater in rivers like the Situk and Lost, as well as Tawah Creek. So the 2021 coho fishing report can be summarized as a year of quality fishing, bisected by a serious high-water event.
Also be sure to check out the 2021 steelhead fishing report.