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Area Sport Fishing Reports
September 16, 2015
King salmon catch rates have tapered off for the season with just a few fish being caught weekly in the Ketchikan area.
Coho catches are fairly spotty and continue to be slower than average for this time of year. The north end marine waters continue to be better than the south end areas.
Pink catches are pretty much over for the marine waters, however, there are still a few fall chums being caught.
Although most effort has been geared toward coho fishing, halibut reports have still been fairly positive for the Ketchikan area.
Cutthroat and Rainbow trout fishing will continue to be productive over the next month or two. Roadside anglers should give the Ward Lake, Harriet Hunt Lake, Talbot and Carlanna Lakes a try. Very good fishing reports have been coming in from the Naha drainage, if a remote trip is on your mind.
Numerous freshwater opportunities for salmon are still available, however, pink and chum numbers will continue to decline sharply as we are past the peak spawning time and fish are dying off.
Coho fishing in freshwater should be getting good now and should remain strong and probably peak over the next couple weeks.
Dolly Varden fishing should be picking up with many fish following the salmon returns into freshwater. Fishing should continue to improve over the next couple months and into fall.
All anglers are responsible for knowing the current regulations for the area that they will be fishing. Regulation handbooks and copies of the most current regulatory changes are available on this website and at the Ketchikan ADF&G office, (907) 225-2859.