Last week’s sunny weather in Southeast Alaska brought out large amounts of fishing efforts at the various ports, especially in Ketchikan, the remaining port with derby activity. Sampled efforts ranged from approximately 250 rod-hours in Wrangell to over 1,900 rod-hours in Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan.
King salmon: Harvest rates for Chinook salmon last week ranged from 3 rod-hours per fish in Elfin Cove to 53 rod-hours in Juneau, and were better than or equal to the five-year average at the ports of Craig/Klawock, Sitka, Haines, Gustavus and Elfin Cove. The Chinook salmon fishery throughout the region will continue to be productive into mid-July, as the inner Southeast Alaska ports have hatchery fish returning to enhance local fisheries, while the outer coast ports will continue to have the benefit of access to a mixed-stock Chinook salmon fishery.
Halibut: All sampled ports had harvested halibut encountered by our creel survey personnel, with harvest rates ranging from 2 rod-hours per harvested fish in Craig/Klawock to 12 rod-hours per fish in Wrangell, with harvest rates better than or equal to the recent five-year average at all sampled ports except Wrangell.
Silver salmon: Coho salmon were encountered by our creel surveys at all sampled ports except Wrangell, with harvest rates ranging from 12 rod-hours per harvested coho salmon in Sitka to 1051 rod-hours in Juneau. Harvest rates last week were better than the recent five year average in Sitka, Juneau and Yakutat.
Pink salmon: Harvested pink salmon were encountered by our creel survey personnel last week at the ports of Sitka (10 rod-hours per harvested fish), Elfin Cove (14 rod-hours) and Gustavus (61 rod-hours).
Chum salmon: Harvested chum salmon were encountered at five ports last week, with harvest rates ranging from 37 rod-hours in Sitka to 987 rod-hours in Craig.