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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Area Sport Fishing Reports
Juneau

December 16, 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.

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  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 2014/2015 winter season:

Winter king salmon trolling (saltwater) October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015
•The resident bag and possession limit is three 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 six king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.  

•From October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015; sport anglers may use two rods while fishing for king salmon; sport anglers using two rods may only retain king salmon.

With relatively mild temperatures so far this winter, anglers have been putting in the rod hours and are having success catching winter kings.  Good spots to try for winter king salmon around Juneau include Auke Bay, backside of Douglas Island, and south of town along the Admiralty Island shoreline.  Try fishing a bit shallower this time of year then you would in late summer, and concentrate you’re fishing around the tide changes.  Hot king salmon colors include 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! 

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