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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Ketchikan

August 4, 2022

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King Salmon

The king salmon peak has passed, though marine anglers are still finding a few kings. King salmon harvest was reported in Clover Pass, Mountain Point, East POW, Cape Chacon and Moira.

The Herring Bay Terminal Harvest area has closed. As of August 1, regionwide bag and possession limits for king salmon apply in the Ketchikan area marine waters, except as modified below for the inside waters of Ketchikan:

Regional king salmon regulations

Alaskan Resident: bag and possession limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;

Nonresident: bag and possession limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length;

  • From July 16 through December 31, the nonresident annual harvest limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length; any king salmon harvested from January 1 through July 15 will apply towards the one fish annual harvest limit;
  • Immediately upon landing and retaining a king salmon a nonresident must enter the species, date, and location on their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record.

North and Northeast Behm Canal

Salmon fishing is closed year-round in Behm Canal and the contiguous bays enclosed to the north by a line from the western entrance of Bailey Bay to the northern tip of Hassler Island and a line from Fin Point to Dress Point to a line from Cactus Point to Point Eva.

West Behm Canal, Southeast Behm Canal, and Southern Revillagigedo Channel

In West Behm Canal and the contiguous bays are enclosed to the north by a line from the western entrance of Bailey Bay to the northern tip of Hassler Island and a line from Fin Point to Dress Point and to the south by a line from Indian Point to Mike Point. In the waters of southern Revillagigedo Channel enclosed from a line from Lucky Point to Middy Point and enclosed by a line from Kah Shakes Point to Point Rosen including the waters of Boca de Quadra and continuing to the Annette Island 3,000-foot boundary at the latitude of Beaver Point and in southeast Behm Canal from Cactus Point to Eva Point.

April 1 to August 14: King salmon retention is prohibited, king salmon may not be retained or possessed; any king salmon caught must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed.

Remaining waters of District 1

In the marine waters of Ketchikan north and east from the International Boundary Line at Dixon Entrance from 54°42.48’ N. lat., 130°36.92’ W. long. to 54°40’ N. lat., 131°45’ W. long., continuing north to Caamano Point and enclosed to the north by a line from Indian Point to Mike Point and enclosed to the southeast by a line from Lucky Point to Middy Point, and enclosed by a line from Kah Shakes Point to Point Rosen and continuing to the Annette Island 3,000 foot boundary at the latitude of Beaver Point.

June 15 to August 14: the Alaska resident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.

Coho Salmon

Catches are increasing as more coho are moving into the area. Coho fishing has been good at Cape Chacon and Duke Island. Anglers are also reporting fair catches at Clover Pass, Gravina and Alava.

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon harvest has spiked from the previous week as more pink salmon have moved into the area. Some marine areas have been more productive than others. Current hotspots include Clover Pass, Vallenar Bay, Gravina, Mountain Point, Cape Chacon and Duke Island.

Roadside anglers can now find good marine shoreline angling for pink salmon at Thomas Basin, Mountain Point and Settler’s Cove. There are plenty of pink salmon in local streams. If you are on the road system try Ward Creek and Ketchikan Creek.

Halibut

Halibut fishing has picked up throughout the Ketchikan area. Marine anglers are reporting good catch rates at Cape Chacon, Duke Island, East POW, Vallenar and Point Alava.

Rockfish

Rockfish can be caught year-round. A helpful webpage is available on the Fish and Game website to assist anglers with identification.

All sport fishing vessels are required to have at least one functional deepwater release device (regardless of species targeted) and anglers are REQUIRED to use a deepwater release device to release rockfish to the depth it was hooked or to a depth of at least 100 feet. Please see the Southeast Alaska Sport Fish Regulation Summary or visit your local ADF&G office to see examples of rockfish release devices and learn about their use.

Demersal Shelf Rockfish

Demersal shelf rockfish are the following species: Yelloweye, Quillback, Copper, Canary, China, Tiger, and Rosethorn rockfish.

The retention of demersal shelf rockfish is now open for residents of Alaska with a daily bag limit of one per day, one in possession. Retention of Yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.

Demersal shelf rockfish are closed to harvest for nonresidents.

Slope Rockfish

Some slope rockfish are common in marine waters surrounding Ketchikan. The most common species are silvergray, rougheye, shortraker, and vermilion rockfish.

One per day; one in possession.

Pelagic Rockfish

Five per day; ten in possession.

Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout

There are a few good opportunities to target rainbow and cutthroat trout along the road system. Anglers targeting trout may want to try Ward Lake, Talbot Lake, Harriet Hunt Lake, Ketchikan Creek, or the various lakes on Gravina Island.

Be sure to check the 2022 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations. The Ketchikan Area Freshwater Special Regulations can be found on pages 30-32. Regulations vary depending on the waters you plan to fish.

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