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Sport fish report: Trout, char looking to fatten up can make for good fishing

Posted: September 20, 2013 - 12:02am

Current Juneau sport fish report for the week of Sept. 16:

KING SALMON:

Winter king salmon fishing can be productive during the colder months while trolling the marine waters near Juneau. From October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014; resident sport anglers may use two rods while fishing for king salmon; a resident using two rods may only retain king salmon.

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 salmon fishing in the fall can be very good as fish enter freshwater systems to spawn. There are still a few fish in the salt waters near Juneau in late September and early October but most anglers target these fish in local streams and in front of the hatchery. The best spots to fish are Cowee, Peterson, Montana and Fish creeks as well as DIPAC hatchery. As this year is quite a strong coho year throughout southeast, look for fishing to be productive well into October.

CUTTHROAT TROUT AND
DOLLY VARDEN:

Fall trout fishing can be very productive as fish begin their migration to overwintering grounds and look to fatten up on the last bits of food in the form of salmon eggs and flesh. Trout fishing can be productive all the way through freeze up and then can be caught through the ice in mid-winter.

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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