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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Juneau

December 03, 2018

Winter Fishing Opportunities in the Juneau Area

Fall and winter around Juneau, most anglers take a few months off and prepare for the upcoming spring and summer season. Other angling opportunities still exist during the winter months.

Winter king salmon trolling (saltwater)

Anglers can target king salmon while trolling the salt waters near Juneau. King salmon are present in local marine waters throughout the year. The following regulations apply for the 2018/2019 winter season:

  • The bag and possession limit (resident and nonresident) is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
  • The nonresident annual limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length from July 15- December 31. Imediately upon landing a king salmon, a nonresident must enter the species, date and location, in ink, on the back of their sport fishing license or harvest record card.
  • From October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019; resident sport anglers may use two rods while fishing for king salmon; a resident using two rods may only retain king salmon.
  • In Section 15-A, the waters of Lynn Canal north of the latitude of Sherman Rock, the retention of king salmon is prohibited, king salmon may not be retained or possessed; any king salmon caught must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed from April 1 through December 31.
  • With relatively mild temperatures this winter up until the last week, anglers have been putting in the rod hours and are having success catching winter kings. Good spots to try for winter king salmon around Juneau include Auke Bay, ‘the Cut” at Spuhn Island, and backside of Douglas Island. Try fishing a bit shallower this time of year then you would in late summer, and concentrate you’re fishing around the tide changes. Try running a whole herring or hoochie behind a large hotspot type flasher. Hot king salmon colors include white, red, and chartreuse, and any flashers with UV reflectivity for the reduced light during the winter hours. Make sure to check the weather before heading out and let someone know where you are planning to go, as the weather can change quickly this time of year.

Shellfish harvesting

Shellfish are also available throughout the year. Try for some Christmas crab for the holiday celebrations this year.

King, Tanner and Dungeness Crab

King crab fishing is only open to Alaska residents. A sport fishing license and a Southeast King Crab Personal Use Permit are required. These are available at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/

Personal use king crab fishing is closed in Peril Strait, Gambier Bay, Lynn Susters and Juneau section 11-A, the rest of N. Southeast Alaska is open to fish. Residents can harvest one male red or blue king crab from waters open to fishing outside of the 11-A area. Please check for Emergency Orders, legal size and pot configurations and restrictions at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=cfnews.search. Section 11-A is still closed to resident PU king crab fishing. Stay tuned for Juneau area PU announcement using the link above. Harvest can be reported online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/PU/

Sport fishers (residents and nonresidents) who possess a valid sport fishing license can harvest Dungeness and Tanner crab from the Juneau area. For residents, 20 male Dungeness crab, each at 6 ½” minimum width, can be taken around the Juneau area. While taking Dungeness crab, 5 pots AND 10 ring nets per person may be used, with a maximum of 10 pots AND 20 ring nets per vessel (2 permit holders per vessel). For non-residents 3 male Dungeness crab or Tanner crab in combination may be taken and 4 pots or 10 ring nets per non-resident may be used. For residents, 30 male Tanner crab that are 5 ½” minimum size can be taken. While taking Tanner crab AND King crab, no more than 4 pots OR 10 ring nets per vessel may be used. In total, no more than 5 pots per person and 10 pots per vessel may be used for taking shellfish regardless of pot type. Please check the 2018 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet pages 33-36 for regulations specific to pot requirements by species at: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/fishregulations/PDFs/southeast/2018se_sfregs_shellfish.pdf

Shrimp

Sport and personal use shrimp fisheries in the Juneau area will remain closed until further notice. The closed area consists of all marine waters of Section 11-A north and west of a line extending from a regulatory marker near point Bishop to the Coast Guard marker and light on Point Arden, extending to a line at the latitude of Little Island light, and east of a line from Little Island light to Point Retreat light. The Sport and Personal Use News Release can be found at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm?ADFG=region.NR&Year=2018&NRID=2513

Outside of the 11-A area, sport and personal use fishing remains open. Sport and personal use shrimpers who have a valid sport fishing license must also have a free shrimp permit available on the ADF&G online store at: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/ or from any of the ADF&G offices. Participating anglers must sign their permit in ink to make it valid and have the permit in possession while taking shrimp in Southeast Alaska. Shrimp Limits and gear requirements for sport and personal use shrimp fishing can be found on pages 33-36 of the 2018 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary or at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishregulations.se_sportfish. Reporting of effort and harvest is required and must be submitted to the department even if you did not fish.

Clams

Every fall/winter season, the Douglas office gets questions about harvesting clams in the Juneau area. ADF&G does not recommend harvesting clams from any waters in the Juneau area due to the possibly that the clams may contain Paralytic Shellfish Toxins (PSP) toxins. Currently, no beaches in the Juneau area are monitored on a regular basis (i.e- ‘certified’) for PSP toxins. If you harvest, you do so at your own risk of PSP poisoning. Sporadic sampling has been conducted by the SouthEast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research (SEATOR) project http://www.seator.org/ , but clams of any species and at any time during the year may still contain toxic levels of PSP. Please navigate to the following Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) web page for more information about PSP: https://dec.alaska.gov/eh/fss/shellfish/paralytic-shellfish-poisoning

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is typically done with light tackle and with the use of an “auger” to open a hole in the ice. By regulation, sport fishing through the ice is permitted with the use of two closely attended lines, provided only one hook or artifical lure is used on each line. Various lakes along the Juneau road system are open to ice fishing for “over-wintering” trout and Dolly Varden. Please check the 2018 Sport Fishing Regulations Booklet (http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishregulations.se_sportfish ) for lakes that are open and the associated regulations. Remember, most lakes in the Juneau area are off limits to the use of bait so be sure to check the regulations. It’s also always a good idea to check the local weather conditions before heading onto the ice. Be safe, stay warm and have fun!

Lakes where bait is NOT allowed

Auke Lake

  • Bait prohibited, only unbaited artificial lures or flies may be used year-round
  • Closed to sockeye salmon and Dolly Varden fishing. All sockeye salmon and Dolly Varden caught must be released immediately
  • Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14" minimum size and 22" maximum size limit

Mendenhall Lake

  • Bait prohibited, only unbaited artificial lures or flies may be used year-round
  • Closed to Dolly Varden fishing. All Dolly Varden caught must be released immediately
  • Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14" minimum size and 22" maximum size limit

Morraine and Glacier lakes

  • Bait prohibited, only unbaited artificial lures or flies may be used year-round
  • Dolly Varden: no size restrictions—2 daily, 2 in possession
  • Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14 inch minimum and 22 inch maximum size limit
  • Remainder of lakes in the Dredge Lakes Area (ie. Crystal, Dredge, Moose, etc…) have same bag and possession limits above but bait is allowed Sept. 15 – Nov. 15

Peterson Creek Salt Chuck

  • Bait prohibited, only unbaited artificial lures or flies may be used year-round
  • Dolly Varden: no size restrictions—2 daily, 2 in possession
  • Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14 inch minimum and 22 in maximum size limit

Windfall Lake (and all inlet streams)

  • Bait prohibited, only unbaited artificial lures or flies may be used year-round
  • Dolly Varden: no size restrictions—2 daily, 2 in possession
  • Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14 inch minimum and 22 inch maximum size limit

Lakes where bait IS allowed

Twin Lakes

  • The use of bait is allowed year-round
  • Stocked juvenile salmon (coho and king) limits (in combination): 10 daily, 10 in possession, 16 inches or less
  • Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 5 daily, 5 in possession, no size limit

Salmon Creek Reservoir

  • The use of bait is allowed year-round
  • Brook trout: no size limit—10 daily, 10 in possession

Peterson Lake

  • no restrictions on use of bait
  • Cutthroat and rainbow trout limits (in combination): 2 daily, 2 in possession, 14 inch minimum and 22 in maximum

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