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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Area Sport Fishing Reports

July 31, 2015

Hatchery King Salmon Regulations in the Juneau Terminal Harvest Area (THA)

Beginning June 1st, liberalized regulations for hatchery king salmon in the Juneau THA went into effect. For anglers fishing within the Auke Bay/Fritz Cove to Juneau-Douglas Bridge area, the following regulations still apply through Saturday, August 31st:

  • The daily bag and possession limit is four king salmon of any size;
  • King salmon harvested by nonresidents in the designated terminal harvest area and time period do not count toward the regionwide annual limit.

Freshwater drainages crossed by the Juneau Road System that are open to sport fishing are now open year-round to king salmon fishing with a bag and possession limit of 4 fish of any size. King salmon caught by nonresidents in these drainages do not count toward their annual limit. In addition, liberlized methods and means are in effect for Fish Creek Pond from June 1- August 31. Please consult the 2015 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet for these regulations.

Regional Regulations for Southeast Marine Waters - outside of THA

Beyond the THA boundaries described above, anglers are notified that the Southeast regionwide regulations that allowed Alaska residents a bag and possession limit of three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length and nonresident annual limits of 6 king salmon chagned July 1, 2015 to the following:

Effective from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday July 1, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2016:
Alaskan Resident:

  • The resident bag and possession limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. There is no annual limit.


  • The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length,
  • The nonresident annual limit is now three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.

From October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016; resident sport anglers may use two rods when fishing for king salmon.

Salmon Fishing Report for Juneau Area

Fewer hatchery king salmon were caught within the Juneau THA this past week, but more feeder kings were caught, especially outside the THA on the backside of Douglas and west of Pt Retreat. Few kings were caught by marine boat anglers returning to Elfin Cove and Gustavus, but catches of other salmon species were still good. Coho fishing on the backside of Douglas was excellent, with good fishing for cohos and pinks north of Shelter and west of Pt Retreat to Cordwood.  Other areas reporting catches of cohos included Benjamin Island, South Shelter Island, Outer Point, Fritz Cove and west of Admiralty at Funter Bay.  Anglers are reminded to please turn in any coho or king salmon heads from fish missing an adipose fin. These fish have valuable data embedded in Coded-Wire-Tags in their noses that provide infomation about stream origin.

While still a bit early, abundant rainfall may mean that coho salmon are beginning to be attracted to area streams.  While pinks and chums may be difficult to get past, a few of the acrobatic coho may be catchable and certainly will be dime bright.  Chums are prevalent all around the Juneau area, both in fresh- and saltwaters, with large numbers in saltwater around DIPAC/Wayside Park, Auke Bay and the mouth of Sheep Creek. Anglers are reminded to check the 2015 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet for Juneau area streams along the road system that are closed to salmon fishing including: Auke Lake drainage, Jordan Creek, Kowee Creek (on Douglas), Sheep (above the bridge), Steep, Switzer, Vanderbilt, Waydelich(Wadleigh), and Windfall Creeks (except in June).   

Halibut, Lingcod, Sablefish (blackcod), and Rockfish

Anglers continued to catch halibut throughout the Juneau area with the best catches reported from north Shelter/Halibut Cove, the reefs in the Benjamin island to Echo Cove area, Pt Retreat, Scull Island and the Lynn Susters area.  Catches were also reported from St James Bay, Hanus Reef, Spasski Island, The Sisters, Marmion Island, Lynn Sisters, and Pt Couverden.  Species of rockfish caught this week included Quillback, Dusky, Silvergrey, Yelloweye, Rougheye, Copper, Dark, and Redstripe.

Anglers are reminded that all non-pelagic rockfish caught (i.e.- anything other than Dark, Dusky, Widow, Black, Blue and Yellowtail) must be retained until their bag limit is reached. Please consult the 2015 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations to identify pelagic and non-pelagic rockfish (page 36) and for daily bag and possession limits (page 11). Also, in northern Southeast waters residents may keep 1 lingcod daily with 2 in possession, no size limits. Nonresidents may keep 1 lingcod daily with 1 in possession, annual limit of 2. Lingcod size limits are 30-35 inches, or 55 inches or greater. Nonresidents must record all lingcod harvested on the back of their sport fish license or on a harvest record. Anglers may catch 4 blackcod daily and have 4 in possession, no size restrictions. Nonresidents may only keep 8 blackcod annually, which must be recorded on their harvest record.

Dolly Varden char, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout fishing

With the return of the salmon, fishing for trout and char will continue to improve in local streams along the Juneau road system. Anglers should have the best luck using bright orange lures, beads or egg pattern flies over the next month or so. Good spots to try your luck include: Sheep, Salmon, Montana, Peterson and Cowee Creeks. Anglers should consult the 2015 Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations for trout and Dolly Varden regulations. Juneau area Freshwater Special Regulations for local lakes and drainages can be found on pages 18-21. Unless otherwise specified, cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination) on the Juneau Road System are 2 daily and 2 in possession, 14 inch minimum and 22 inch maximum. Dolly Varden limits are 2 daily and 2 in possession, no size limit.

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