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Sport fish report: Kings slowing down, cohos being caught near the 'outside'

Posted: July 12, 2013 - 12:07am

Current Juneau sport fish report for the week of July 8

King salmon

King salmon fishing is beginning to slow down in near Juneau. There are still some hatchery kings being caught in Fritz Cove, Auke Bay and Gastineau Channel but this time of year the catch rates slow down as more pinks and chums move into local waters. If you are looking to catch a king this week your best bet would be Fish Creek Pond, the mouth of Auke Creek or near the DIPAC 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.

Chum Salmon

Chum salmon fishing in and around Juneau is good right now as there are a large number of chums throughout the waters around Douglas Island and in Gastineau Channel, as well as farther north including Auke Bay, Lena Cove, Tee Harbor and Amalga Harbor. 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

Pink salmon fishing has picked up around Juneau. Reports indicate that catch rates have increased this last week and marine boat anglers are catching a lot of pinks while trolling. Shore based anglers are also picking up pink salmon along the shores of Echo Cove, for instance. Catch rates for shore based anglers should also begin to pick up closer to town over the next couple of weeks. If you are looking to catch a pink salmon this week and you are fishing from shore, your best bet would be to use bright pink lures or flies at Echo Cove or Point Louisa. If you are fishing from a boat, trolling with a herring or hoochie in and around Shelter Island is your best bet.

Resident and Non-Resident limits for pink salmon are:

• 16 inches or longer - 6 daily, 12 in possession.

Coho Salmon

No real reports yet of silvers being caught in local Juneau waters. There are some reports of folks catching a good number of fish further out so look for silver fishing to really begin to pick up in the next several weeks as more and more silvers begin to move into local waters.

Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden

Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout action has now picked up in local watersheds as some chum salmon have moved into these systems and are just now starting to drop eggs. Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout will begin feeding voraciously on these salmon eggs as they provide a lot of nutrients and energy. Anglers wanting to catch these fish should be using lures or flies that resemble salmon eggs. As a reminder for anglers, in most freshwater streams in Southeast Alaska bait can only be used from Sept. 15 through Nov. 15, and therefore, it is important to only use artificial lures or flies and not actual eggs or scent-cured imitations.

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.

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