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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Area Sport Fishing Reports
Haines/Skagway

August 11, 2014

Summer fishing opportunities

Sockeye salmon

Chilkoot River sockeye salmon counts are starting to slow down. The Chilkoot sockeye run will continue through August.

After a record-breaking early season, the Chilkat River sockeye salmon run has settled down to average counts in the fish wheels.

Pink salmon

The pink salmon run has arrived at Chilkoot River. Pink salmon fishing should be good through August.

Pink salmon have not showed up in significant numbers yet in the Chilkat River fish wheels.

King salmon in salt water

Skagway anglers can target king salmon in Taiya Inlet. King catches should improve throughout August as feeders arrive in Taiya Inlet.

Skagway anglers must wait to fillet king salmon until they are tied up at a dock. This keeps kings available for biological sampling by the creel survey.

King salmon broodstock collection is underway at ADF&G's weir in Pullen Creek. This broodstock will be used to continue the hatchery-raised smolt release program in Pullen Creek.

Haines anglers can troll for kings in Chilkoot Inlet and Lutak Inlet, targeting feeders and adult kings returning to hatchery release sites.

2014 king salmon regulations for Southeast Alaska salt water

  • For Alaska residents, the bag and possession limit is 3 king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
  • For non-Alaska residents, the bag and possession limit is 1 king salmon 28 inches or greater.
  • The non-resident annual limit is 6 king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.Immediately upon landing and retaining a king salmon, non-residents must enter the species, date and location, in ink, on the back of their sport fishing license or harvest record.

Halibut

Halibut catch rates have been good recently in the Haines area.

Char and Trout

Seek out Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout in clear water streams and lakes. Dollies and cutties can also be caught in near-shore salt waters.

Bait is prohibited when fishing in Chilkat Lake or Mosquito Lake and their inlet and outlet streams. Use the Sport Fishing Regulations link for details and a map.

2014 salmon runs

King salmon

The Chilkat River king salmon run is weak this year. An annual run size estimate will be available after spawning ground surveys are completed in August.

Sockeye salmon

The Chilkat Lake weir counts are on track to meet the sockeye salmon escapement goal.

The Chilkoot River weir counts have exceeded the upper end of the sockeye salmon escapement goal.

Pink salmon

The Chilkoot River pink salmon run is average for an even-numbered year. Pink salmon have a 2-year life cycle, and runs in this upper Lynn Canal tend to be stronger in odd-numbered years than in even-numbered years.

The Chilkat River pink salmon runs is far below the all-year average so far.

Coho salmon

We are expecting an average Chilkat River coho salmon run. Coho salmon fishing in Haines/Skagway area fresh water peaks in October.

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