Area Sport Fishing Reports
September 08, 2017
Due to conservation concerns, the retention of king salmon is prohibited in all Southeast Alaska salt waters, including the Ketchikan area. This closure went into effect 12:01 a.m., Thursday, August 10, 2017. All king salmon caught must be immediately released unharmed.
- Anglers may continue to retain king salmon in Ketchikan Creek.
- The bag and possession limit for king salmon in Ketchikan Creek is two king salmon of any size.
- King salmon harvested in Ketchikan Creek do not count towards the nonresident annual limit.
- Fishing gear permitted in Ketchikan Creek is one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure only.
Marine anglers are still reporting good catch rates for coho salmon throughout the area, particularly the backside of Gravina, Alava, Grant, Cape Chacon, and the Pinnacles. Typically coho catch rates peak in mid-September. Freshwater anglers are having good success at Grassy Point at Ward Lake.
Pink salmon catch rates have dropped off from previous weeks. Roadside anglers can still find good shoreline angling for pink salmon at Thomas Basin, Ward Creek, Settler’s Cove and Ketchikan Creek.
Halibut harvest reports remain good throughout the Ketchikan area.
Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brook Trout
There are a few good opportunities to target rainbow and cutthroat trout along the road system. Anglers have been having success at Ward Creek, Ketchikan Creek and Carlanna Lake. Ketchikan Creek was opened June 1st and will be open for the remainder of the year. If you are up for the hike, anglers have been successful catching brook trout at the outlet of Perseverance Lake.
If remote fishing is on your agenda, try the Naha River, McDonald Lake or Fish Creek.
Be sure to check the 2017 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations. The Ketchikan Area Freshwater Special Regulations can be found on pages 29-31. Regulations vary depending on the waters you plan to fish.