For the week of June 24:
Shoreline and marine boat fishing for hatchery kings is in full swing right now with reports of great fishing action in front of the DIPAC hatchery as well as the mouth of Auke Creek and Fritz Cove/Fish Creek. Fish are also being caught in the Fish Creek Pond. Reports from the fishing docks show that a large percentage of boats targeting king salmon are coming back successful when fishing in North Douglas and Auke Bay so if you are thinking about heading out fishing this week I would try the above mentioned areas. 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.
More and more chum salmon seem to be entering local waters as anglers are reporting catching them at the salt chuck at the mouth of the Peterson, near Amalga harbor, as well as in 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.
Pink salmon started showing up this past week and should pick up as June progresses. When fishing for pinks, anglers will have the best luck using small spinners or spoons, as well as streamer flies. Bright pink is the best color to use when targeting pink salmon.
Resident and Non-Resident limits for pink salmon are:
• 16 inches or longer - 6 daily, 12 in possession
Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden
The saltwater shoreline Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout fishing has slowed down a little bit as more and more of these fish transition back into fresh water just prior to the arrival of local salmon. Anglers are still catching a few of them along the shores of Gastineau Channel, but look to target these fish in more of the upper stretches of Cowee, Peterson and Montana creeks over the next couple of weeks. 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.