(Released: June 09, 2017 - Expired: June 11, 2017)

Division of Sport Fish
Tom Brookover, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Sam Cotten, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Contact: Matt Catterson, Assistant Sitka Area Management Biologist
(907) 747-5535


Sitka –In order to provide increased opportunity for youth anglers during the annual “Swan Lake Junior Trout Derby,” the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has temporarily liberalized trout regulations for Swan Lake.

During the derby, the use of bait is allowed, the daily bag limit is 2 trout, and there is no size limit. These regulations will be in effect for one day only, Saturday, June 10, starting at 9:00 a.m. Anglers should be aware that these regulations differ from regulations during the remainder of the year, when the 11-inch minimum and 22-inch maximum size limit and regional bait regulations apply in Swan Lake. Wrinkleneck Creek, an inlet to Swan Lake, is closed to fishing at all times.

Each year, the department stocks Sitka's Swan Lake with up to 300 wild rainbow trout from a nearby lake to provide increased roadside fishing opportunity for all anglers, including young anglers participating in the annual Junior Trout Derby. This year, the lake was stocked on May 22nd with 300 rainbow trout measuring from 6 to 12 inches. Swan Lake also contains populations of cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden.

Anyone needing further information concerning this announcement please contact the Division of Sport Fish in Sitka at (907) 747-5355.