Inside Passage

The fishing here compiles a wide range of species to offer the angler and the availability is overwhelming, it is suggested that anglers 'try' and decide whether they want to fish fresh or salt water. Salmon is the areas most popular species and many communities sponsor derbies for the largest salmon caught.

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Good Fishing Locations

Auke Bay - Located approximately 12 miles north of Juneau and is accessible primarily by boat. King salmon is available all year with the best season for larger fish May to June. Silver salmon are best in August and Pink Salmon are best July and August.

Chilkat Inlet, Lake, and River - Located southwest of Haines and is accessible by boat or road. Camping, picnic sites and boat launching available. King salmon is the most common species caught in these waters.

Dewey Lakes - Located two miles southeast of Skagway and accessible by trail. Brook trout is the most common species caught in these waters.

Gastineau Channel - Located between Juneau and Douglas Island and runs for 19 miles. Accessible by boat or from certain shore areas. A variety of species can be caught in this water.

Harding River - Located in Bradfield canal 35 air miles from Wrangell, accessible by boat or plane and a Forest Service cabin is available. Fish available are: silver salmon, chum salmon, Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout.

Lost Lake - Located 10 miles from Skagway by road and continue by trail for a strenuous two mile hike. Use of guide recommended.

Petersburg Creek - Located across from Wrangell and accessible by boat. Boats and accommodations are available in Petersburg. A variety of salmon is available as well as Dolly Varden, steelhead, cutthroat trout and many more species.

Peterson Lake - Located 17 miles northwest of Juneau, accessible by trail. Fishing at its best May to September.

Salt Lagoon Creek - Located 22 miles north of Ketchikan, accessible by boat. Silver and pink salmon, Dolly Varden and cutthroat are some of the species you’ll find.

Yakutat Bay - Located west of Yakutat and accessible primarily by boat. A variety of species available.

Sitka Sound - Sitka Sound waters - all five species of Pacific salmon (king, coho, sockeye, chum and pink), halibut, lingcod and rockfish. Coho and pink salmon are also targeted to a lesser degree along shoreline areas and in fresh water. Steelhead and Dolly Varden can be found in small freshwater streams. Cutthroat and rainbow trout populations occur in many lake systems systems. Two lakes along the Sitka road system have established populations of brook trout, and Beaver Lake, also on the road system, stocked with Arctic grayling.

Managed Areas

  • Southeast
  • Yakutat

There are 11 managed sportfishing areas in Alaska, each with varying possession and bag limits. To obtain a current copy of Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary contact:

Department of Fish & Game
Box 3-2000
Juneau, AK 99802