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Area Sport Fishing Reports
June 23, 2017
King salmon harvest reports continue to be good and should continue to improve through the end of the month. Chinook salmon were caught south of town at Mountain Point, Herring Cove, Cone Island and north of town near Survey Point, Vallenar Bay and Camano.
Anglers are advised that king salmon restrictions are in effect in the Ketchikan area sport fishery in order to reduce the harvest of Unuk River king salmon and ensure the Unuk River king salmon escapement goal is achieved in 2017. Please refer to the news release and map for description of areas with reduced limits.
Ketchikan Creek is open to sport fishing for all species including king salmon.
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.
Thomas Basin is open year-round seaward from the Thomas Basin Bridge to the breakwater.
A maximum of two single-hooks may be used.
The use of bait is allowed year-round.
This area is closed to snagging.
Summer silvers have moved into the area. Catch rates should continue to improve through July.
Halibut harvest reports have increased and should continue to be good throughout the summer.
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. 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.