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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Area Sport Fishing Reports
Juneau

October 14, 2014

The creel program has now concluded for the season. The program samplers would like to thank those folks who participated in the collection of data at the local Juneau ports.

There are still quite a few coho around in local watersheds and reports from local anglers indicate this as one of the best coho returns in recent years. There are high volumes of fish in the local rivers and reports of good catch rates. Fishing should continue to be productive into November. If you are interested in doing some winter fishing this year in Juneau please read the following information below.

Winter Fishing

As winter time sets in around Juneau, most anglers take a few months off and prepare for the upcoming spring and summer season. However, some angling opportunities still exist during the winter months. Any pond or lake that will normally hold trout and salmon in the summer months should contain some “over-wintering” trout and Dolly Varden. The water will need to be deep enough to flow below the ice surface and provide enough room for fish to feed and swim throughout the winter. Ice fishing is typically done with light tackle and with the use of an “auger” to open a hole in the ice. Remember, most lakes in the Juneau area are off limits to the use of bait so be sure to check the regulations after selecting a place to fish. It’s always a good idea to check the local weather conditions and get the “okay” before heading onto the ice. Be safe and have fun.

Twin Lakes
•The use of bait is allowed year-round
•Stocked juvenile salmon (Chum, coho, king, pink, and sockeye) limits (in combination): 10 daily, 10 in possession, 16 inches or less
•Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 5 daily, 5 in possession, no size limit

Salmon Creek Reservoir
•The use of bait is allowed year-round
•Brook trout: no size limit—10 daily, 10 in possession

Morraine and Glacier lakes
•Bait prohibited, only unbaited artificial lures or flies may be used year-round
•Dolly Varden: no size restrictions—2 daily, 2 in possession
•Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14 inch minimum and 22 inch maximum size limit
•Remainder of lakes in the Dredge Lakes Area (ie. Crystal, Dredge, Moose, etc…) have same bag and possession limit above but bait is allowed Sept. 15 – Nov. 15

Peterson Creek Salt Chuck
•Bait prohibited, only unbaited artificial lures or flies may be used year-round
•Dolly Varden: no size restrictions—2 daily, 2 in possession
•Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14 inch minimum and 22 in maximum size limit


Windfall Lake
•Bait prohibited, only unbaited artificial lures or flies may be used year-round
•Dolly Varden: no size restrictions—2 daily, 2 in possession
•Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14 inch minimum and 22 inch maximum size limit


Peterson Lake
•Dolly Varden: no size restrictions—2 daily, 2 in possession
•Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14 inch minimum and 22 in maximum size limit

In addition to ice fishing, anglers can target king salmon while trolling the salt waters near Juneau. King salmon are present in local marine waters throughout the year. The following regulations apply for the 2013/2014 winter season:

Winter king salmon trolling (saltwater)
•The bag and possession limit (resident and nonresident) is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length
•From July 16 through December 31, a nonresident’s harvest limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from January 1 through July 15 will apply toward the one fist harvest limit
•From October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014; resident sport anglers may use two rods while fishing for king salmon; a resident using two rods may only retain king salmon
 

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