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Southeast area sport fish report for the week of July 4

Posted: July 7, 2011 - 5:16pm

JUNEAU: The average number of rod-hours per king salmon decreased to an average of 46 rod-hours per king salmon in the Juneau area. At this time last year, it required 16 rod-hours and the five-year average was 29 rod-hours per fish. Hot spots for the Juneau area continue to be the North end of the Gastineau Channel Terminal Harvest Area, followed by Outer Point to Picnic Cove and the St. James Bay areas.

SOUTHEAST: Harvest rates for king salmon last week ranged from 4 rod-hours per fish in Sitka to 46 rod-hours in Juneau, and were better than or equal to the five-year average at the ports of Craig/Klawock, Sitka, 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.

All sampled ports had harvested halibut encountered by our creel survey personnel, with harvest rates ranging from 3 rod-hours per harvested fish in Craig/Klawock, Sitka, Juneau and Gustavus, to 20 rod-hours per fish in Wrangell, with harvest rates better than or equal to the recent five-year average at Ketchikan, Craig/Klawock, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau, Gustavus and Elfin Cove.

Coho salmon were encountered by our creel surveys at all sampled ports except Wrangell, with harvest rates ranging from 2 rod-hours per harvested coho salmon in Elfin Cove, to 52 rod-hours in Yakutat. Harvest rates last week were better than or equal to the recent five year average at Craig/Klawock, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau, Gustavus and Elfin Cove.

Harvested pink salmon were encountered by our creel survey personnel last week at all sampled ports except Petersburg and Wrangell, with harvest rates ranging from 1 rod-hour per harvested fish in Gustavus to 241 rod-hours in Craig/Klawock. Harvest rates last week were better than or equal to the recent five-year average at Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Gustavus and Elfin Cove.

Harvested chum salmon were encountered at six ports last week, with harvest rates ranging from 6 rod-hours in Juneau to 603 rod-hours in Craig/Klawock. Harvest rates last week were better than or equal to the recent five-year average at Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau and Gustavus.

Coho fishing has picked up as Juneau area and fishermen are putting in an average of 20 rod-hours per coho, which is significantly lower than last year’s average of 82 rod-hours per fish as well as the 5-year average of 41-hours per fish.

Anglers targeting halibut are currently taking 4 rod-hours per fish. The prior year was at 5 rod-hours and the five-year average was at 5 rod-hours per halibut. Hot spots for halibut in Juneau were the Benjamin Island and North Shelter areas.

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