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Area Sport Fishing Reports
July 26, 2016
The peak of the marine king salmon fishing season is now behind us. King salmon can still be intercepted in marine waters but typically catch rates are much reduced over the peak season.
Hatchery produced king salmon returning to Blind Slough (near Petersburg) are present in the freshwaters of Blind Slough and the terminal area of Wrangell Narrows. Opportunity for these king salmon is ongoing with most anglers fishing in the Blind river rapids area. By this time of the year the majority of these fish will be in spawning colors. Spawning for these fish typically occurs in mid-August. Anglers are reminded that special regulations apply for the Blind Slough/Wrangell Narrows terminal area. Please see the link to the news release at the bottom of this page for current regulations. In addition to the news releases available on the webpage, signage has also been posted at the entrance to Blind River Rapids and at harbor signboards. Please check these regulations often as inseason action is sometimes necessary to manage this king salmon fishery.
As king salmon return to several wild stock systems in the area, anglers are reminded that Blind Slough is the only location in the Petersburg/Wrangell management area where sport fishing for king salmon in freshwater is permitted. In all other waterbodies of the Petersburg/Wrangell area, including the Stikine River, sport fishing for king salmon in freshwater is closed.
Coho catch rates in area marine waters is continuing to strengthen. Marine coho catch rates typically increase dramatically beginning in mid-July and continue until late August. Some nearshore areas and freshwater streams already have coho moving in but for most streams freshwater fishing opportunity peaks in early September and can be experienced through October as these fish return to their spawning grounds.
Dolly Varden, Rainbow trout and Cutthroat trout
Summer is a great time to be fishing for trout. There are several excellent stream and lake locations for fishing trout and Dolly Varden both on and off the road system in the Petersburg/Wrangell area. Dolly Varden can also be an exciting catch in the nearshore marine waters as they cruise the coastline feeding on juvenile salmon and other fish species. When fishing for trout be sure to check the "2016 Southeast Alaska Sport Fish Regulation Summary"(available anywhere licenses are sold or on the ADF&G website) 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 are currently being caught in local waters and angler reports have been good. Halibut catch rates typically increase throughout the summer as these fish migrate into the area and then remain stable throughout the early fall.