Fishing for hatchery kings near the release sites of Fish Creek, Auke Creek and DIPAC Hatchery continues to be productive. There are still quite a few kings around and reports indicate that a lot of fish have now moved into Fish Creek Pond. If looking to catch a king this week, the best bet would be Fish Creek Pond, the mouth of Auke Creek or near the hatchery.
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.
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.
• 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.t
• 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.
The chums appear to have arrived in good numbers in local Juneau waters. Angler reports indicate that quite a few chums are being picked up both from marine boat anglers as well as shore based anglers. If you are looking to catch some chums this week the best spots to fish are Sheep Creek (Thane area), North Douglas, Gastineau Channel and Amalga Harbor.
Resident and Non-Resident limits for chum salmon are:
• 16 inches or longer - 6 daily, 12 in possession.
Pink salmon are now being caught by some local Juneau anglers. Not a lot are being caught right now as it is still early in the season for pinks but things should really start to pick up over the first couple of weeks of July. If you are looking to catch a pink salmon this week your best bet would be to use bright pink lures or flies at Echo Cove or Point Louisa.
Resident and Non-Resident limits for pink salmon are:
• 16 inches or longer - 6 daily, 12 in possession
DOLLY VARDEN / CUTTHROAT TROUT:
Dolly Varden and Cutthroat trout fishing is now in the transition stage as these fish are beginning to move back into freshwater drainages. Fish are still being caught by local anglers in the marine boat and shoreline fisheries but reports indicate that fish are now being caught in the upper stretches of Juneau streams as well. Small spinners or spoons and smolt patterns are still working to catch these aggressive fish but look to switch to egg patterns over the next few weeks as chums begin to drop eggs in local watersheds.
Anglers are reminded that the following bag and possession limits apply:
• 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.