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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Area Sport Fishing Reports
Juneau

May 19, 2015

Regulations for King Salmon in District 11 (Juneau area)

Anglers are reminded that Juneau area king salmon regulations that were announced April 1, 2015 are still in effect through June 30, 2015. They are:

  • The king salmon bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length for all anglers,
     
  • The waters of the upper Taku inlet north of a line from Cooper Point to the mouth of Dorothy Creek are closed to king salmon fishing.

The southern boundary of the District 11 area is defined by a line from Pt. Hugh to Pt. League in Stephens Passage, and a line at the Latitude of 57o 37’ N across lower Seymour Canal. The northern boundary of District 11 is defined by a line from Little Island light to Pt. Retreat and at the Latitude of Little Island light to the mainland. All of the area between these southern and northern boundary lines is considered to be within District 11.

King Salmon Fishing Report for Juneau Area

Fishing for king salmon in the Juneau area has been better than previous years for both marine boat and shore based anglers. North Douglas, Tee Harbor, and the Breadline have all reported good catches. Saltwater anglers fishing from shore have the opportunity to catch these large fish at one of the many popular “points” around town. There is no shortage of specialized king salmon gear, so find your favorite flasher, spoon or herring and go for it! Creel sampling crews have sampled over 120 fish so far this spring, with more reported that were not sampled.  Anglers are reminded to please turn in any king salmon head from fish missing an adipose fin.  These fish have valuable Coded-Wire-Tags in their noses that provide valuable infomation about stream origin.

 Regional Regulations for Southeast Marine Waters - outside of Juneau area

These regulations are in effect from 12:01 a.m. Friday May 1, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016:

 Alaskan Resident

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

Nonresident

  • The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, except during May and June, during which the bag and possession limit is two 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, 2015 through March 31, 2016; sport anglers may use two rods when fishing for king salmon.

Steelhead Trout fishing

Steelhead anglers typically fish for steelhead as they return to freshwater from the ocean in late April to May. However, low snowpack this past winter coupled with low rainfall in the past week have resulted in exremely low water levels in many local rivers and streams.  Systems such as Peterson Creek are unfishable in these conditions with very low returns of steelhead.  Until the Juneau area gets significant rainfall, these conditions will persist.  

Anglers are reminded that most streams that contain steelhead in Southeast have small annual returns (in the hundreds) and thus can be vulnerable to over-fishing. Retention of steelhead in the Juneau area is prohibited. Any steelhead caught in a drainage crossed by the Juneau road system must be released immediately.  All fish should be treated with great care regardless of fish size.

Elsewhere in the Southeast region, regionwide regulations prohibit any steelhead under 36” from being harvested and require that a harvest report (on the back of the fishing license) be completed in ink immediately upon landing a steelhead that is to be harvested. Other areas of Southeast have different steelhead regulations. Be sure to the check the 2015 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations for area-specific regulations for steelhead.

Other trout/Dolly Varden fishing
 

Sea-run Dolly Varden, rainbow and cuthroat trout appear to be leaving their “over wintering” sites (lakes and ponds) and heading downstream for the ocean in large numbers.   Lake outlets, streams and rivers that connect to salt water are prime places to catch these fish at this time of year. Saltwater shoreline fishing can be very productive as Dollies and trout begin to spend their time  cruising the shoreline looking for food. Spoons and spinners work well, as do smolt and fry imitations. With low water, resident fish will be concentrated in deeper water, or in areas of faster, turbulent riffle areas that support freshwater invertebrates.

Anglers should check the 2015 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet for current regulations. Juneau Area Freshwater Special Regulations for local lakes, creeks, rivers, 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 dialy, 2 in possession, no size limit.



 

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