Sport fish report: Coho headed to 'inside' waters

Current Juneau sport fish report for the week of July 29:



King salmon season in Juneau is pretty much wrapped up as most hatchery kings near their release sites have colored up and are now needed for brood stock near the hatchery. There are still some fish around, but anglers wishing to catch a king salmon this time of year should try fishing for feeder kings. The best way to do this is to troll deep — 100 feet or more — around the marine waters of Juneau.


The chum salmon runs are slowly beginning to slow down after a strong showing early on. Most of the hatchery return fish have made it to their release sites and are beginning to color up, but there are still quite a few fish to be caught as late-run wild fish can still be found throughout the area.


Pink salmon fishing is still going strong as good numbers of fish can be found near the mouths of local creeks as well as in the marine waters near Juneau. Anglers wanting to catch pink salmon should try their luck near Point Louisa, Gastineau Channel or Echo Cove using bright pink lures or flies.


Coho salmon fishing is just starting to heat up as more and more fish reach the inside waters around Juneau. Samplers are encountering more and more coho each day. Reports also indicate good catch rates for communities closer to the outside waters, so look for coho fishing to continue to get better as the season progresses.


Trout fishing in local watersheds continues to be productive as Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout are keyed in on eating salmon eggs. Anglers wishing to catch some trout or dollies should try their luck in Peterson, Cowee or Montana creeks using small egg imitations. As a reminder bait and scented lures or flies are only allowed in fresh water from Sept. 15- Nov. 15.


Anglers are reminded to check local fishing regulations and specific species limitations before heading out to fish. All fishermen and women must also posses a valid Alaska fishing license.

• 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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