Area Sport Fishing Reports
September 12, 2017
Due to conservation concerns, the retention of king salmon is prohibited in all Southeast Alaska salt waters, including the Petersburg/Wrangell area. This closure went into effect 12:01am, Thursday, August 10, 2017. All king salmon caught must be immediately released unharmed.
Coho salmon catch rates in the marine fishery remained high during the last week but anglers can expect to see declining catch rates in the marine fishery. Freshwater fishing for coho was slow to start the season but catch rates have been improving. For most systems in the area, opportunity for freshwater fishing for coho will peak in mid-September and opportunity will continue through October.
Nonpelagic rockfish regulations for Southeast Alaska Inside waters, including the Petersburg and Wrangell management area:
- The nonpelagic rockfish bag and possession limit is one fish.
- Nonresident anglers have an annual limit of one yelloweye.
- All nonpelagic rockfish must be retained until the bag limit is reached.
There is no closed season for nonpelagic rockfish in the Southeast Alaska Inside waters. Anglers are encouraged to use a rockfish release device whenever releasing nonpelagic rockfish. Please see the “Southeast Alaska Sport Fish Regulation Summary” or visit your local ADF&G office to see examples of rockfish release devices and learn about their use.
Dolly Varden, Rainbow trout and Cutthroat trout
There are several great locations for fishing trout and Dolly Varden both on and off the road system in the Petersburg/Wrangell area. As salmon return to freshwater to spawn these species can often be found feeding on loose salmon eggs. Dolly Varden can also be an exciting catch in the nearshore marine waters. When fishing for trout be sure to check the "2017 Southeast Alaska Sport Fish Regulation Summary" (available anywhere fishing licenses are sold) 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.
Halibut harvest reports remain good throughout the area. Halibut catch rates typically increase throughout the summer as these fish migrate into the area and remain stable throughout the early fall.