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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Haines/Skagway

November 2, 2022

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Fresh Water Fishing

Coho (Silver) Salmon

Coho salmon counts on Chilkat River spawning grounds showed a run of 43,000 fish, which is below average but within the escapement goal range of 30,000 to 70,000 fish.

The Haines Sportsman's Association's 4th annual Silver Salmon derby ended on October 29. The final results are below.

The Haines Sportsman's Association 4th Annual Silver Salmon Derby

Overall Weight Catch & Release
Paul Ahearn 12.2 lb. Remi Knotts N/A
Steve Anderson 11.0 lb. Charlie DeWitt N/A
Steve Anderson 10.9 lb. Nathan Knotts N/A
Youth Age 11-15 Weight Fly Rod Weight
Alex Weerasinghe 7.3 lb. Dani Grundberg 9.8
Auden Kelly 7.3 lb.
Elias Kelly 7.2 lb. Youth Age 5-10
Josiah Kelly 4.5 lb.

A series of heavy rain events and persistent warm temperatures presented challenging high-water conditions for fishing in the Chilkat and Chilkoot Rivers. Some coho salmon continue to enter the river in November. Fishing is best when the river water level is stable or dropping. Check the National Weather Service's Chilkat River hydrograph to see the water level in the past week and the predicted water level in the next three days.

Char and Trout

Chilkat Lake and Mosquito Lake

Both lakes have clear waters and special regulations to protect cutthroat trout:

  • Bait is not allowed.
  • Cutthroat and rainbow trout: 2 fish bag and possession limit, with a slot limit of 14-inch minimum to the 22-inch maximum length required to keep a fish.

In the remainder of the Haines and Skagway area fresh and salt waters, bait is allowed, and the regional length limit for cutthroat and rainbow trout is 11 minimum to the 22-inch maximum.

Chilkoot Lake and Chilkoot River

Chilkoot fresh waters have a special Dolly Varden bag limit:

  • Dolly Varden: 4 fish bags and possession limit, no size limit.

In the remainder of the Haines-Skagway area salt and fresh waters, and most of Southeast Alaska, the Dolly Varden bag and possession limit is 10 fish.

Salt Water Fishing

Shellfish

Pot fishing for shrimp and Dungeness crab is open year-round in the Haines and Skagway area saltwater.

  • Non-Alaska residents with a sport fishing license can catch shellfish with these bag & possession limits:
    • Dungeness crab - 3 legal-size males.
    • Shrimp - 3 quarts or pounds.
  • Alaska residents catch shellfish under subsistence or personal use regulations with more liberal bag & possession limits.

See the shellfish summary pages in the Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation booklet for details.

All shrimp harvesters must print a no-cost permit from the ADF&G online store and record their daily pot fishing effort and harvest on the paper permit. The harvest information must be reported online, or the paper permit must be returned to ADF&G by December 31 each year.

King salmon

To conserve Chilkat River king salmon that rear in inside waters, retention of king salmon is not allowed now through December 31, 2022, in the Haines and Skagway area.

Sport Fishing Licenses

Alaska residents under 18 years old do not need a sport fishing license. Non-Alaska residents under 16 years old do not need a sport fishing license.

Residents of Yukon Territory in Canada may purchase an annual Alaska sport fishing license for the same price that Alaska residents pay. Yukoners are not Alaska residents, so Yukoners must comply with the nonresident regulations such as the number of shellfish pots, shellfish bag limits, and king salmon bag and annual limits. The Yukoner license is available under the nonresident alien category through the ADF&G online store or from license vendors in Haines and Skagway.

For more information about sport fishing in Haines and Skagway, call Area Biologist Richard Chapell at 907-766-3638.

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