Area Sport Fishing Reports

March through April Season

Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation summary booklets are available at sporting goods vendors and at Alaska Department of Fish and Game offices. Also use the Sport Fishing Regulation link on the left side of this page.

All anglers may use two rods to fish for king salmon in Southeast Alaska salt water October 1 through March 31.

Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout can be found in the Chilkat and Chilkoot Rivers, and in deep lakes where they spend the winter. Some regulations that apply to the Haines and Skagway area are:

  • To reduce cutthroat trout mortality, bait is not allowed when fishing in Chilkat Lake and Mosquito Lake. The bag and possession limits for cutthroat trout in Chilkat and Mosquito Lakes is 2 fish if they are within a 14-inch minimum and 22-inch maximum size limit.
  • The Dolly Varden bag and possession limit in Chilkoot Lake and Chilkoot River is 4 fish.

Steelhead are rare in the Haines and Skagway Area. If you happen to catch one, remember that steelhead must be at least 36 inches in length to be harvested. There is a 1 fish daily bag limit and 2 fish annual harvest limit per angler. Steelhead anglers must record their harvest on the back of their license.

Sport fishing for shrimp is open in the Haines and Skagway area. Non-Alaska resident fish for shrimp under sport regulations, with bag and possession limits described in the regulation summary booklet.

The Southeast Alaska red and blue king crab personal use fishery (for Alaska residents only) is closed April 1 through June 30 each year. For the most current information on this fishery, please refer to the ADF&G Commercial Fish Division’s Personal Use news release.

Yukon Resident Sport Fishing Fees: Residents of Yukon, Canada may purchase a Class 11, Yukon annual sport fishing license and king salmon stamp for the same cost that Alaska residents pay. Yukon residents are considered non-Alaska residents and they must comply with all regulations pertaining to non-residents. The Class 11 license is available from any license vendor, and also from the Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau ADF&G offices, but this license can not be purchased online. If you have any questions, please call the ADF&G licensing office at 907-465-2376 or e-mail

For a detailed summary of fishing sites in the Haines and Skagway area, see the Fishing guide to Northern Southeast Alaska (a large .pdf file).

For more information about fishing opportunities and fish research in the Haines and Skagway area, please visit our web page.

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