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Harvesting Wild Alaska Whitefish Varieties

Jig Fishing


  • Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet, Kodiak, Alaska Peninsula, and Chignik


  • A hook and line fishing method that utilizes artificial lures and an electric machine to jerk (jig) the line up and down
  • Each machine may have up to five lines
  • each line may have up to 30 hooks
  • The fish are taken off the hooks and handled individually on the boat


  • Along with longlining, jig fishing is the only other legal hook-and-line method for catching Pacific cod
  • Rockfish and ling cod are also harvested using this method
  • Jig fishing reels in hundreds of thousands of pounds per year; however, this is a small percentage of the total Alaskan catch