The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
(Juneau) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish announced today that Peterson Creek, north of Juneau, is closed to sport fishing. Specific restrictions are as follows:
- The waters of Peterson Creek, including Peterson Lagoon, from the intertidal waters within a 200-yard radius of the creek mouth at saltwater to the falls approximately 1.5 miles upstream are CLOSED to sport fishing from April 1 – June 30, 2020 to protect spawning steelhead.
Snorkel survey expansions, based on years when concurrent weir counts were available, indicate that overall production of steelhead in Peterson Creek has declined in recent years. For the last 5 years (2015-2019), snorkel survey index counts conducted each spring have been below the 1997-2014 average of 28 (equivalent to about 116 fish), when steelhead abundance in the creek appeared to be relatively stable. In 2018 and 2019, the snorkel survey counts were 6 fish and 3 fish, respectively. A precautionary approach is necessary in order to conservatively manage the Peterson Creek steelhead stock in this period of very low escapements.
For more information please call the Division of Sport Fish Region 1 office at 465- 4270.