Ice Fishing Opportunities In Haines/Skagway Area

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Haines/Skagway Fishing Report

November 29, 2022

Check out the gofishak interactive map online to discover popular fishing locations and information on species run timing, fishing gear selections, and boat and angler access tips!

Fresh Water Fishing Opportunities

Ice Fishing for Char and Trout

Mosquito Lake and Chilkat Lake

Cold weather is thickening Mosquito Lake and Chilkat Lake, so ice fishing season will start soon. Weather does change, so always check for adequate ice depth before going out on lakes.

Learn about ice fishing gear, tactics, and tips on Alaska Department of Fish and Game YouTube channel here are the techniques specific to trout and char.

Keep in mind that bait is not allowed when fishing in Mosquito Lake and Chilkat Lake so tip-ups won’t be practical in those lakes. This purpose of the no-bait regulation is to conserve cutthroat trout, which tend to swallow bait deeply.

Dolly Varden and Cutthroat Trout spend the winters in lakes or in deep clear waters of the Chilkat and Chilkoot Rivers. Chilkat Lake and Mosquito Lake have 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 Lake and Chilkoot River have a special Dolly Varden bag limit:

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


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

Coho (silver) salmon

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

Haines Sportsman’s Association 4th Annual Silver Salmon Derby Results

OverallWeightCatch & Release
Paul Ahearn12.2 lb.Remi KnottsN/A
Steve Anderson11.0 lb.Charlie DeWittN/A
Steve Anderson10.9 lb.Nathan KnottsN/A
Fly RodWeight
Youth Age 11-15WeightDani Grundberg9.8
Alex Weerasinghe7.3 lb.
Auden Kelly7.3 lb.Youth Age 5-10
Elias Kelly7.2 lb.Josiah Kelly4.5 lb.

Shellfish in Salt Water

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 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 Southeast Alaska Shellfish Regulation Summary booklet for details.

All shrimp harvesters must print a no-cost annual permit from the ADF&G online store each calendar year 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.

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 non-resident sport fishing license for the same price that Alaska residents pay. Yukoners are not Alaska residents, so Yukoners must comply with the non-resident regulations such as the number of shellfish pots, shellfish bag limits, and king salmon bag and annual limits. The Yukoner license is available from license vendors in Whitehorse, Haines, and Skagway.

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