For the week of June 18:
Hatchery king salmon fishing continues to be great for shoreline and marine boat angers. Large numbers of hatchery fish are being caught right now in North Douglas both in Fritz Cove and along the North Douglas Hwy from the boat launch to False Outer Point. Reports indicate that some fish are also showing up in Fish Creek and the pond. Anglers are also having luck finding kings in front of the hatchery in Gastineau Channel. The outlook for this coming week should be more of the same with lots of hatchery kings around the release sites of Auke Bay, Fish Creek and the DIPAC hatchery. 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 2013 Southeast Alaska King Salmon 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 are now being caught in good numbers at the mouth of the Peterson Creek salt chuck near Amalga harbor as well as Auke Bay, Fritz Cove, False Outer Point and in Gastineau Channel.
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 as the fish are beginning their migration back into some freshwater systems. Anglers are still having luck catching fish in saltwater near the mouths local creeks. Reports also indicate that fish are now being caught higher up in some of the local freshwater systems (Cowee, Peterson and Montana creeks). To catch these aggressive fish, anglers typically use small spinners or smolt pattern flies. Juvenile salmon imitations are still the go to pattern right now but look to switch over to egg patterns in July when salmon move into the local streams and begin to drop eggs.
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.
• These fishing reports will look at 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.