Sport fish report: Coho catch rates 'excellent'

Current Juneau sport fish report for the week of August 20:



King salmon fishing around Juneau is still pretty productive for marine boat anglers trolling deep to try to catch a feeder king. Anglers trolling 100-plus feet are encountering kings using hoochies or herring. Hatchery king salmon fishing has all but ended near their local release sites and the designated terminal harvest regulations will be ending this coming weekend.


Chum salmon fishing is pretty well wrapped up as most fish are post-spawn at this point. There are still a few bright late fall spawn chum around, but catch rates have really dropped off as most anglers are now encountering cohos and a few pink salmon.


Pink salmon catch rates have dropped a bit from the really high peak catch rates that were seen in July and early August. Most fish have entered freshwater now and are spawning. There are still a few pinks being caught but effort is now shifting to fishing for cohos.


Catch rates for coho salmon continue to be excellent. Reports are coming in of fish being caught while trolling the backside of Douglas Island, all around Shelter Island and Northern Admiralty Island. Shore-based anglers are also reporting good catch rates in Gastineau Channel, Montana Creek, Cowee Creek and Peterson Creek and Salt Chuck. White, green or pink hoochies seem to work best and while trolling. Bright spinners, spoons and flies work well to entice a bite from these aggressive silvers while fishing from shore.


Fishing for trout in local watersheds continues to be productive as these fish are still targeting salmon eggs. Using bright orange lures or flies is the best way to catch cutthroat and rainbow trout as well as Dolly Varden.


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.


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