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Area Sport Fishing Reports

May 10, 2016

Saltwater Fishing

Marine effort is slowly picking up and king salmon catches have been quite positive for this time of year. Decent king catches have been reported on both the south and north end areas.

Creel personnel are now on the docks for the summer and will be providing more fish counts as we move along and see more salmon species showing up.

Anglers are reminded that there have been several news releases issued regarding king salmon limits for the region and the Ketchikan area. These can be accessed by the links on this page.

Marine anglers are reminded that the lingcod season does not open until May 16th.

Freshwater Fishing

It appears that steelhead runs are winding down fast with water temps increasing and a lot of fish spawning and returning to salt waters. However, there is still a few fish around and roadside anglers should try Ward Creek for steelhead, or if remote fishing is on your agenda, give the Naha River, Mcdonald Lake, or Fish Creek a try.

Cutthroat and Rainbow trout fishing will also continue to improve with lakes now being ice free and water temperatures on the rise.

Dolly Varden fishing along the roadside/shoreline should continue to improve as water temps continue to increase and fish migrate out to saltwater from overwintering lakes. Lake outlets and streams that connect to the salt water are prime places to harvest these fish in the spring.


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.


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