Current Juneau sport fish report for the week of August 20:
Feeder king salmon fishing continues to be productive for marine boat anglers trolling near Juneau. Trolling in deep water with hoochies and herring seem to be working the best to catch these still-feeding king salmon. The hatchery king salmon returns have pretty much wrapped up for the year and there is only two more weeks left where terminal harvest area regulations are in effect.
Chum salmon fishing is in its final stages as most fish have made their way upriver to spawn or can be seen near their hatchery release sites in full spawning colors. There are still a few bright fall spawn chum salmon around in local waters, so it’s fair to say chum season has not completely wrapped up, but it is nearing the end as most anglers shift gears and now target coho salmon.
Pink salmon fishing is also slowing down as most fish have made their way upstream to spawn. There are still a few bright fish around but, like the chum salmon, most fish are now in their spawning colors so most anglers will begin to target coho salmon.
Coho salmon continues to be really productive for both shore-based anglers as well as marine boat anglers. Reports have come in of fish being caught while trolling the backside of Douglas Island, South Shelter Island, False Retreat, Couverden and Auke Bay. Shore-based anglers are also catching fish right now at Montana Creek, Peterson Creek and Cowee Creek. Look for fishing to continue to be productive or even get better as more and more coho move into local Juneau waters.
CUTTHROAT TROUT AND DOLLY VARDEN:
Trout fishing in local is still good in Montana Creek, Peterson Creek, Cowee Creek and Sheep Creek. Anglers are using bright orange lures or imitation egg pattern flies to catch these fish as they feed on salmon eggs. Dolly Varden and trout fishing should continue to be productive for the next several weeks in local watersheds.
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.