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Sport fish roundup

ADF&G tallies fish counts, current reports to provide estimation on fish activity

Posted: June 14, 2013 - 12:01am

For the week of June 10:

King salmon

The hatchery king salmon appear to have arrived in good numbers in local Juneau waters. It seems that the fishing continues to be good in Auke Bay for both shoreline anglers at the mouth of Auke Creek, as well as marine boat anglers along the shores of Fritz Cove road and the Spuhn Island cut. Other reports are coming in that the North Douglas area appears to be showing good numbers of kings in Fritz Cove from the North Douglas Boat Launch to the mouth of the Mendenhall River. Anglers are also having luck finding kings in front of the hatchery in Gastineau Channel. No reports yet from Fish Creek Pond but fishing should really begin to pick up there in the next couple of weeks. Based on the most recent five-year average catch rates for king salmon in the Juneau area, other good spots to fish this week include False Outer Point, The Breadline/Tee Harbor, Point Louisa and Dupont/Salisbury areas.

Anglers are reminded that the Terminal Harvest Area regulations are now in effect. For anglers fishing in Auke Bay/Fritz Cove and upper Gastineau Channel the following regulations apply through Saturday, Aug. 31.

The daily bag and possession limit is four king salmon of any size; king salmon harvested by nonresidents in the designated terminal harvest area and time period do not count toward the annual limit.

For anglers fishing outside of the designated Juneau Terminal Harvest Area the following 2013 Southeast Alaska King Salmon Regulations regulations apply:

For all anglers, the bag and possession limit is 1 king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.

There is no annual limit for Alaska resident anglers.

For non-resident anglers, an annual harvest limit and recording requirement is in effect: Through June 30, a non-resident’s harvest limit is 3 king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.

From July 1 through July 15, the harvest limit will decrease to 2 king salmon 28 inches or more in length, and all king salmon harvested earlier in the year apply toward the 2 fish harvest limit.

Starting July 16 and through the end of the year, the harvest limit will be 1 king salmon 28 inches or more in length, and all king salmon harvested earlier in the year apply toward the 1 fish harvest limit.

Immediately upon landing and retaining a king salmon, non-residents must record the species, date, and location, in ink, on the back of their fishing license or harvest record card.

Chum Salmon

It appears that some early chum salmon are showing up in the waters near Amalga Harbor. Reports indicate that chum salmon fishing is good for both marine boat anglers in the Amalga Harbor area as well as shoreline based anglers casting near the mouth of the Peterson Creek salt chuck.

Resident and Non-Resident limits for chum salmon are: 16 inches or longer - 6 daily, 12 in possession.

Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden

Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout fishing continues to be good along the Juneau roadside. To catch these aggressive fish anglers typically use small spinners or smolt pattern flies. Local anglers targeting Dolly Varden and trout should try their luck along the shoreline of Gastineau Channel, at the mouth of Salmon, Sheep, Montana, Peterson and Cowee creeks. Over the next couple of weeks Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout should begin moving deeper into local streams just prior to the arrival of the salmon. Look to try your luck fishing higher up in those creek systems listed above as June progresses.

Anglers are reminded that the following bag and possession limits apply in freshwater drainages crossed by the Juneau road system as well as saltwater areas within ¼ mile of shore: Dolly Varden: 2 daily, 2 in possession, no size limit. Cutthroat and rainbow trout: 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14 inch minimum and 22 in maximum size limit.

 

• ADF&G sport fishing reports are compiled by examining historical catch rates and recent five-year averages to provide an outlook for the coming week on where the hot spots should be for local Juneau fisheries.

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