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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Area Sport Fishing Reports
Petersburg

June 29, 2015

Saltwater Fishing 

King Salmon

We are now well into the season for king salmon.   Fishing in the Wrangell area picked up last week after a slow period before.  In the Petersburg area catch rates have been steady with effort shifting towards the Blind Slough terminal harvest area as King Salmon are returning to the Crystal Lake Hatchery. 

Anglers are reminded that king salmon regulations vary according to the body of water being fished in the Petersburg/Wrangell area. Please see the "Emergency Orders" link at the bottom of this page for current information. Currently king salmon regulations have been liberalized for marine waters surrounding the mouth of the Stikine River (District 8) and special regulations concerning the Blind Slough terminal harvest area near Petersburg have been announced to allow opportunity to target enhanced king salmon originating from the Crystal Lake Hatchery. Other areas will fall under the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Sport Fishing Regulations which can also found on the "Emergency Orders" link at the bottom of this page. Please take note that regional king salmon regulations have been revised and these regulations become effective July 1st.

Coho Salmon

The first few coho salmon were sampled at the docks in the Petersburg area during this last week.  While it is still early for coho salmon, catch rates typically jump dramatically in early to mid July as these fish began moving into the area.  Anglers may start intercepting coho while they are fishing marine waters for king salmon. 

Halibut

Halibut are being landed on a regular basis now and catch rates are expected to increase as we move into July.  Typically halibut catch rates increase throughout the summer as they migrate into the area and will stable remain throughout the early fall.  Halibut are often targeted by fishing the bottom using bait and circle hooks but can also be caught by anglers while trolling for salmon.
 

Dolly Varden

This time of year Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout and can found cruising along marine shorelines or near stream mouths. Try fishing nearshore areas with small spinners. If you are using a fly rod, herring or smolt imitations tend to work well. To see these species in a chrome bright ocean phase is a great treat. Popular locations to fish are near Eagles Roost with an incoming tide and along the shoreline of Bananna point.
 

 

Freshwater Fishing


Rainbow and Cuthroat trout

There are several great locations for rainbow and cuthroat trout in the Petersburg/Wrangell area. As waters warm, these species can provide fast paced action for anglers. Anglers commonly use spinning rods with small spinners or lead head jigs and fly rods with a variety of wet and dry flys. When fishing for trout be sure to check the 2015 Southeast Alaska Sport Fish Regulation Summary to understand regulations for the waterbody you intend to fish. Regulations regarding size limits, bag limits and the use of bait can vary by waterbody. While the spring steelhead season has largely passed anglers may encounter the tail end of the run over the next week.

King Salmon

The Petersberg area offers a unique opportunity to fish for king salmon In the Blind slough terminal harvest area.  These king salmon are part of a hatchery release from the Crystal Lake Hatchery and are now returning to complete their life cycle.  Please see the "Emergency Order" link at the bottom of this page for bag, possession and gear restrictions in Blind Slough. 

Anglers often use the U.S. Forest Service, Blind River Rapids Trail to access the best freshwater fishing areas.  Spin casting and fly rods alike can be used with a variety of gear to entice these fish to bite.  Anglers typically fish in the large hole immediately above the rapids or the streches of deeper water below the rapids.  

 

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