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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Area Sport Fishing Reports
Juneau

February 01, 2016

Winter king salmon fishing continues to be productive for anglers fishing the marine waters near Juneau. Since November large schools of herring have been present in Auke Bay and the surrounding area, attracting all sorts of predators including marine mammals and most importantly king salmon. Anglers are having great luck fishing in Auke Bay near the Ferry Terminal and Smuggler's Cove. Anglers have also reported good winter king salmon fishing on the Back Side of Douglas Island near Horse and Colt Islands. The most effective method for catching these winter king salmon is to troll a small herring behind a flasher. Additional reports have come in that the king salmon are also feeding on sand lance as these baitfish have been found in the stomachs of recently harvested fish. Please remember to purchase your 2016 fishing license if you haven't done so already. Good luck and happy fishing.

Fall and Winter Fishing

Fall and winter fishing in the Juneau area means winter king salmon trolling in saltwater and ice-fishing in area lakes.  Anglers have reported success this fall catching winter kings in several areas around Juneau including Auke Bay, backside of Douglas Island, and south of town along the Admiralty Island shoreline. Fishing shallower around the tide changes with white, red and chartreuse, and any flashers with UV reflectiveness will help with the reduced light during the winter hours.  Try running a whole herring or hoochie behind a large hotspot type flasher. Make sure to check the weather before heading out and let someone know where you are planning to go, as the weather can change quickly this time of year. Dress warmly and good fishing!

Winter king salmon trolling (saltwater) July 1, 2015 - May 2, 2016

  • The resident bag and possession limit is two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
  • The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
  • The nonresident annual limit is three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
  • From October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016; all sport anglers may use two rods while fishing for king salmon; sport anglers using two rods may only retain king salmon.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is usually conducted with light tackle through a hole in the ice. Various lakes in the Juneau area are open to ice fishing for “over-wintering” trout and Dolly Varden. Please check the 2015 Sport Fishing Regulations Booklet (still applicable for winter 2015 - 2016) for lakes that are open and the associated regulations. Remember, most lakes in the Juneau area are off limits to the use of bait so be sure to check the regulations. Be sure to check ice conditions before heading out, dress warmly and be safe!

Auke Lake

  • Bait prohibited, only unbaited artificial lures or flies may be used year-round
  • Closed to sockeye salmon and Dolly Varden fishing. All sockeye salmon and Dolly Varden caught must be released immediately
  • Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14" minimum size limit/22" maximum size limit

Mendenhall Lake

  • Bait prohibited, only unbaited artificial lures or flies may be used year-round
  • Closed to Dolly Varden fishing. All Dolly Varden caught must be released immediately

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
  • Stocked juvenile king salmon - 4 fish any size
  • Remainder of lakes in the Dredge Lakes Area (ie. Crystal, Dredge, Moose, etc…) have same bag and possession limits 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

  • The use of bait only allowed from September 15 through November 15
  • 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

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

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