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    Has anyone ever fished in Prince William Sound? If you have can you tell me some info about it? The depth how, what kind of fish, do they come in mass groups... etc.

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    fishyboy- That's a huge question you asked there. PWS is a large body of water with many species depending on time of year and location. The best thing you could do is type "PWS", "Prince William Sound", "Whittier", and "Valdez" into the search tool here. Also, look in the forum archives for older information (prior to last summer). There is enough reading there to keep you busy for hours on end, and after trolling through all of that info you'll have a pretty good idea of what is out there. After that come back and ask any more specific questions you may have and you'll tend to get better responses.

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    PWS is a huge fishery: halibut, various rock fish, salmon, sharks, shrimp and more. At some point off of Knight Island I think it is 2,600 feet in depth. Islands, rises, under water, valleys, it is very diverse. Pick up a book online here called Crusing Prince William Sound. It has a ton of information.

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    The deepest spot in PWS is East of Lone island, North east of Knight. Some of the best fishing on the planet is found within # miles of that spot! Almost gave it up!

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    Halibut can be spotty there.
    Yellow once you find a hole your good to go.
    Seabass not to hard to fins.
    Silvers find other boats and you will find the fish.

    Whitter is deep so plan on fishing deep. unless you run out to Montegue, then there are some good shallow spots.
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    The time of year will determine what salmon are around and where they will be. PWS is deep, get a chart and check it out.

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    Remember that when using charts of PWS that they are not totally accurate. The shallow areas may have never been actually measured for depth and some are a lot deeper than expected. The charts also do not show the shorelines in great detail. You occasionaly find little bays not on the map. The water depths are also not accurate. Many of the maps have not been updaed since the 64 quake. They may be 11-15' off of the map numbers.

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    Dave is right about the maps. But I still carry them with me to use as a reference.
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    there are a ton of crazy shoals and reefs steer well clear of them or go slow
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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