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Sport fish report: It's on! Cohos being caught in fresh, salt water

Posted: September 6, 2013 - 12:02am
Arnie Weimer walks away from the beach at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive with his limit of silver salmon and a big smile on Thursday.  Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Arnie Weimer walks away from the beach at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive with his limit of silver salmon and a big smile on Thursday.

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

KING SALMON:

There are still a few feeder king salmon being caught in and around Juneau. The best way to catch these fish is to troll deep with herring or hoochies. The terminal harvest area regulations for hatchery kings are no longer in effect so anglers must adhere to the regulations below.

2013 Southeast Alaska King Salmon Regulations:

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.

For non-resident anglers, an annual harvest limit and recording requirement is in effect:

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.

Starting July 16 and through the end of the year, the harvest limit will be 1 king salmon 28 inches or more in length, and all king salmon harvested earlier in the year apply toward the 1 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:

Still a few reports of some late run fall chum salmon being caught near Juneau. However, the majority of the chum run is now complete as most fish are post spawn at this point.

PINK SALMON:

The pink salmon season is coming to an end these days. Still, a few pinks can be found around but, like the chums, most are post spawn at this point so anglers are focusing on coho salmon.

COHO SALMON:

There are still a lot of coho being caught in and around Juneau. Reports indicate there is a good mix of fish present in both fresh and salt water. Marine boat anglers are reporting good catch rates near South Shelter Island, the backside of Douglas Island and south near Taku Inlet. Shore-based anglers are reporting good catch rates in Montana, Peterson and Cowee creeks and at DIPAC hatchery.

CUTTHROAT TROUT AND DOLLY VARDEN:

Fall trout fishing is still productive in local streams as anglers are encountering Dolly Varden and Cutthroat trout using salmon egg imitations, flesh flies or small spinners and spoons. With the onset of fall meaning more rains and varying water levels look to find trout feeding aggressively on these important food sources as the salmon runs begin to wind down.

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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