BEST FISHING TIMES FOR JUNEAU

Juneau Alaska Whale Watching, Charter Fishing

Chinook (King) Salmon are fully mature salmon that are returning to the area to spawn.  These fish average 20-25 lbs. and arrive in large numbers.  Kings are the largest in the salmon family and can grow to over 70lbs.

Feeder King Salmon are not returning to the area to spawn.  These are immature fish that are simply following baitfish and schools of other salmon.  Feeder Kings usually weigh less than 20lbs.  

Coho (Silver) Salmon arrive in vast numbers by the middle of July and remain until October.  Silver salmon can reach weights of over 20 lbs.  These salmon are surface fighters, making magnificent jumps when hooked. 

Pink (Humpy) Salmon start showing up in late June.  These are the smallest of our salmon, 3 to 6 lbs, but also the most numerous.  Pinks are considered great fighters, for their size.

Chum (Dog) Salmon average 7 to 18 pounds, but can weigh as much as 32 pounds. They are the first salmon to spawn in the Juneau area. “Dog” Salmon by Alaskans—is unquestionably the most under-rated fish in Alaska. It is called a Dog Salmon because the native Alaskan people would feed this fish to their sled dogs in the winter. It is the least flavorful of the salmon. But having said that, they are a great fighting fish. The Chum Salmon, once hooked, will easily test the skill of the angler on the other end, as they make very strong runs.

Humpback Whales, Killer Whales and other Marine wildlife you could see on your adventures.

The Humpback Whale

Weight:

25-40 tons (50,000-80,000 pounds; 22,000-36,000 kg)
Newborns weigh about 1 ton (2,000 pounds; 900 kg) and are about 15 feet (4.5 m) long!

Length: up to 60 feet (18 m), with females larger than males.

Appearance: primarily dark grey, with some areas of white

Lifespan: about 50 years

Diet: tiny crustaceans (mostly krill), plankton, and small fish; they can consume up to 3,000 pounds (1360 kg) of food per day.

Behavior: breaching (jumping out of the water), or slapping the surface.

Killer Whales (Orca)

Diet: Carnivore (Marine Mammels) Seals, Sea-Lions and other sealife.

Average life span in the wild: 50 to 80 years

Size: 23 to 32 ft (7 to 9.7 m)

Weight: Up to 6 tons (5,443 kg

Killer whales are extremely distinctive with jet-black bodies and white patches usually over the eyes, under the jaw, on the belly, and extending onto their sides.  Killer whales have 48 to 52 teeth that are large and conical shaped as well as slightly curved back and inward.

Steller Sea Lions

Weight: males: up to 2,500 pounds (1,120 kg) females: up to 770 pounds (350 kg) pups: about 35-50 pounds (16-22.5 kg)

Length: males: about 10-11 feet (3 - 3.4 m) females: about 7.5 - 9.5 feet (2.5 - 3.0 m) pups: about 3.3 feet (1 m)

Appearance: Adults are light blonde to reddish brown and slightly darker on the chest and abdomen.

Pups are dark brown to black.

Lifespan: 20-30 years

Diet: Variety of fish (capelin, cod, herring, mackerel, pollock, rockfish, salmon, sand lance, etc.), bivalves, squid, octopus, and gastropods.

Behavior: Use land habitat as haul-out sites for periods of rest, molting, and as rookeries for mating and pupping;
Colonial breeders, adult males ("bulls"), establish and defend territories on rookeries to mate.

Harbor Seals

Weight: about 245 pounds (110 kg)

Length: about 6 feet (~2 m)

Appearance: generally blue-gray back with light and dark speckling; they lack external ear flaps and have short forelimbs

Lifespan: about 25-30 years

Diet: mainly fish, shellfish, and crustaceans

Behavior: they tend to haul out on land and rest with head and flippers elevated, in a "banana-like"  fashion.

Harbor seals are part of the "true seal" family, Phocidae. True seals lack external ear flaps and have short forelimbs that result in limited locomotion on land.

Dall's Porpoise

Weight:up to 480 pounds (220 kg)

Length:up to 7-8 feet (2-2.4 m)

Appearance: relatively small, triangular head with little or no beak and a thick, robust dark gray or black body, with variable contrasting white panels.

Lifespan: about 15-20 years

Diet:anchovies, herring, hake, smelts, squid, octopus, and occasionally crabs and shrimp

Behavior:usually found in groups averaging between 2-20 individuals; they also associate with Pacific white-sided dolphins and short-finned pilot whales.

*As a member of Whale Sense  we choice and promote responsible whale watching and whale conservation practices. At all times we follow and adhere to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Regulations for viewing Whales and Marine Mammals, no exceptions! ◦We will NOT place our vessel in the path of oncoming humpback whales.

◦We will NOT approach within 100 yards of any marine mammals.

◦We will NOT place our vessel in the path of oncoming humpback whales. 

◦We will operate our vessel at a slow, safe speed and limit our noise.

◦We will limit our viewing time to 30 Minutes. Any longer is considered harassment the animal(s).

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