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Alaska fishing: Petersburg area

The Petersburg areaAlaska fishing, Alaska salmon fishing,  Alaska steelhead fishing, king salmon, halibut, coho salmon, Petersburg, Kake, Clarence Strait, Frederick Sound, Chatham Strait, Kupreanof Island, Mitkof Island, Stikine RiverListen to a RealAudio ™ interview (7:03) with Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Sport Fish Biologist Dean Beers (907/772-3801) for additional information about fishing Alaska's Petersburg area.


While there are many species fishermen can take in the area, fish of prime interest include steelhead, King salmon, halibut and coho (silver) salmon. Pink and chum salmon are also available.


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As elsewhere in most of Southeast Alaska, the Petersburg geography can best be described as a group of islands adjacent to the mainland. The Stikine River, draining a large part of northern British Columbia, is a major geographic feature of the area as well as a tremendous draw for salmon.

Most of the waterways in the area are protected from the open Pacific. The substantial annual precipitation gives rise to many rivers and small lakes.


Access to the Petersburg area is by air or by sea. Petersburg and Wrangell, the two largest communities, are served by daily jet flights from the continental US. Alaska Marine Highway ferries call at both communities several times weekly. The marine highway system carries people and vehicles from Bellingham, Washington and Haines and Skagway. The latter two communities are connected to the North American road system via spurs from the Alaska Highway.

There are gravel logging road systems on some of the larger islands, but transportation to these road systems is difficult. Most fishing occurs from the limited road system in the Petersberg and Wrangell areas, and from the charter fleet.


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Summer provides the best weather of the year, but is still wet by most standards. The normally overcast or drizzly weather is punctuated by periods of dry, sunny days. Anglers should bring layers of warm clothing, and waterproof clothes and boots.

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