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Sport fish report: Rain prompts coho push to freshwater

Posted: September 12, 2013 - 11:00pm

Current Juneau sport fish report for the week of Sept. 9:

KING SALMON:

There are still a few reports coming in that feeder kings are being caught while trolling in and around Juneau. Trolling in 100 plus feet of water with flashers and hoochies seems to be working the best.

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:

No report available.

PINK SALMON:

No report available.

COHO SALMON:

Coho catch rates continue to be good for anglers fishing near Juneau. At this point there are good numbers of fish in both fresh and salt water. Anglers are having luck in front of the DIPAC hatchery as well as trolling in and around Douglas, Shelter and Admiralty islands. Shore-based anglers are also having luck catching fish in Montana, Peterson and Cowee creeks. With the large amount of rain this past weekend lots of fish have probably made their way upstream so look for stream fishing to be very productive this week as water levels drop making fishing easier.

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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