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Sport fish report: Look for 'feeder' kings down deep, pinks are 'red hot'

Posted: July 19, 2013 - 12:00am

Current Juneau sport fish report for the week of July 15

King salmon

Fishing for hatchery king salmon is winding down as most fish have entered fresh water near their respective release sites of Auke Creek, Fish Creek and in front of the DIPAC hatchery. There are still some kings being caught from shore-based anglers in front of the hatchery and in Fish Creek Pond, but things are beginning to slow down.

On the other hand, there are still opportunities to catch kings while trolling the salt waters around Juneau. These kings are called “feeder” kings and are not destined to spawn this year, but are present in local waters throughout the year to forage. Anglers are encountering some feeder king salmon while trolling relatively deep (100+ feet).

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.

• 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 continues to be great in and around the waters of Douglas Island and Gastineau Channel as well as Auke Bay, Lena Cove, Tee Harbor and Amalga Harbor. Anglers wishing to catch chums this week should have no problem finding them as reports indicate they are jumping all over the place. Trying any of the above mentioned spots both from a boat or from shore should produce some decent action.

Resident and Non-Resident limits for chum salmon are:

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

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon fishing is red hot right now in the waters in and around Juneau. Both shore based anglers and marine boats anglers are reporting high volumes of fish being caught. If you want to catch a pink this week trolling in and around Douglas Island, North Pass or the backside of Admiralty Island (False Retreat) is your best bet. Shore-based anglers should try their luck at Echo Cove. Bright pink lures, hoochies or whole herring are your best bet.

Resident and Non-Resident limits for pink salmon are:

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

Coho Salmon

Reports now indicate that marine boat anglers are beginning to pick up more silvers while trolling the salt waters in and around Juneau. It is still a little early for peak catch rates for cohos, but it appears that some fish have now shown up in local Juneau waters. Anglers wishing to encounter silvers this week should try their luck trolling around the backside of Douglas Island or North Pass or False Retreat.

Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden

Fishing for Dolly Varden and trout in Juneau has really picked up in local watersheds as chum salmon have begun to drop eggs. These fish key in on salmon eggs this time of year and anglers should use small lures of flies that look like salmon eggs. As a reminder for anglers, in most freshwater streams in Southeast Alaska bait can only be used from Sept. 15-Nov. 15, and therefore, it is important to only use artificial lures or flies and not actual eggs or scented cured imitations. Anglers wishing to catch Dolly Varden or trout this week should try their luck in Montana, Peterson, or Cowee creeks.

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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