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Sport fish report: Salmon drop eggs, dollies move in

Posted: July 26, 2013 - 12:02am

Current Juneau sport fish report for the week of July 23:

King salmon

Hatchery king salmon fishing is near its end with a few fish left near the release sites of Auke Bay, Fish Creek and the DIPAC hatchery. For anglers wishing to encounter a fresh king this week, the best bet is to troll deep for “feeder” kings. These feeder king salmon are not destined to spawn this season, but are in local waters to forage.

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 are still around in great numbers. Anglers targeting chum salmon are having the best luck in front of the DIPAC hatchery or near Sheep Creek (Thane Road).

Resident and Non-Resident limits for chum salmon are:

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

Pink Salmon

Fishing for pink salmon continues to be great in and around Juneau. Anglers are catching them from shore as well as out trolling at all depths. No real hot spots for pinks this week as they appear to be everywhere. For shore-based anglers looking to catch good numbers of pinks, the best bet is Echo Cove. Bright pink lures, hoochies or whole herring seem to work best.

Resident and Non-Resident limits for pink salmon are:

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

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon fishing is continuing to get better and better as more reports are coming in of anglers catching silvers while trolling local waters. No reports yet of any shore based anglers encountering silvers as it is still a bit early for these fish to be near shore, but look for coho fishing to improve over the next several weeks.

Resident and Non-Resident limits for coho salmon are:

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

In freshwater drainages crossed by the Juneau road system resident and non-resident limits are:

• 16 inches or longer – 2 daily, 2 in possession

Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden

Dolly Varden and trout fishing continues to be productive for anglers targeting these fish in local Juneau watersheds. The Dollies and trout have really started keying in on salmon eggs and anglers wishing to catch some of these fish should try their luck at Montana, Cowee or Peterson creeks using lures or flies that imitate salmon eggs. As a reminder bait and scented lures or flies are only allowed in fresh water from Sept. 15- Nov. 15.

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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