The following press release is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
Peterson Creek and Lagoon Closed to Coho Salmon Fishing
(Juneau) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is announcing that beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, September 1, fishing for coho salmon will be closed in Peterson Creek, north of Juneau (see map below). Specific restrictions are as follows:
The waters of Peterson Creek, including Peterson Lagoon, from intertidal waters within a 200-yard radius of the creek mouth at salt water to the falls approximately 1.5 miles upstream are CLOSED to coho salmon fishing. Coho salmon may not be targeted, retained, or possessed. This closure will be in effect from September 1 through December 31, 2023.
Based on survey expansions, coho salmon returning to Peterson Creek have failed to meet the sustainable escapement goal range in 5 of the last 6 years when data were available (2016–2018 and 2020–2022, no data available for 2019). Conservative action is warranted to protect the sustainability of coho salmon in Peterson Creek during this period of very low escapements. ADF&G will continue to conduct coho salmon surveys on Peterson Creek and this action may be reconsidered if coho salmon return in abundance.
For further information concerning this announcement please contact Juneau Area Management Biologist, Daniel Teske at (907) 465-8152 or visit our website.