Current Juneau sport fish report for the week of August 12:
Results from the local salmon derby indicate that there are quite a few feeder kings around the marine waters of Juneau. Local anglers had luck catching these fish trolling in fairly deep water 100+ feet. This coming week should be more of the same, so if you are looking to catch a king salmon try trolling deep with hoochies or herring. The hatchery king salmon runs are pretty much over at this point with a few “colored up” fish near the local release sites where liberalized regulations are still in place.
Chum salmon fishing has slowed down a bit as most fish have returned to their hatchery release sites or are making their way up river to spawn. Some chum salmon are still being caught while trolling or fishing from shore. Anglers fishing in front of the hatchery are also picking up quite a few but they are also getting “colored up” at this point and effort appears to be shifting toward coho fishing.
Fishing for pink salmon is still good right now as fish are being caught all around Juneau both from shore and while trolling from boats. Fish have been seen milling about the mouths of many local creeks as water levels are quite low and fish are waiting for rains to improve water conditions in the river.
With the local salmon derby now complete it appears that a good number of coho salmon are present in the marine waters near Juneau. Local boat anglers reported good catch rates while trolling in North Pass, South Shelter Island, the backside of Douglas Island, False Retreat and Doty’s Cove. Anglers wishing to catch a coho salmon this week should try trolling spoons, herring or hoochies in the above mentioned spots. Shoreline fishing for coho should begin to pick up in the next couple of weeks as fish will move into areas near their native streams or hatchery release sites.
CUTTHROAT TROUT AND DOLLY VARDEN:
Salmon egg imitations are still the go to method for catching local Dolly Varden and trout in the streams near Juneau. Trout fishing continues to be productive in Montana, Peterson and Cowee creeks. Anglers are reminded that bait and scented lures or flies are only allowed in fresh water from Sept. 15- Nov. 15, and therefore anglers should try using egg imitation that are artificial and non-scented.
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 are prepared by examining 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.