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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Area Sport Fishing Reports
Petersburg

September 22, 2014

The summer fishing season is winding down as cooler days and fall storms are here. 

Freshwater Fishing:

Opportunity for coho salmon still abounds as coho are returning to their freshwater streams. Excellent fishing can be had around the saltwater/freshwater interface and within deep pools within freshwater streams. Individual streams vary in run timing but most coho runs peak in mid-September. Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout fishing can be excellent through October as they feed on displaced salmon eggs and move into overwintering habitat. Bait can be used in most freshwater systems between September 15 and November 15 (see your "2014 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary" or the online edition at the link below for specific area information)

Saltwater fishing:

While the best marine salmon fishing is behind us for this year, opportunity for king salmon can be had throughout the winter although at reduced catch rates.  As stated in the King salmon emergency order this year, two rods may be used when fishing for king salmon between October 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.  Halibut catch rates can be good for a little while longer but typically begin to decline towards winter averages during the next month as these fish move toward deeper waters and offshore areas.  Adult pink, chum and sockeye salmon are concluding their spawning in freshwater at this time. 

Anglers are reminded that the 2014 Southeast Alaska Fishing Regulation Summary applies until the 2015 summary is issued in the Spring of 2015. 

 

 

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