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Southeast area sport fish report for the week of July 11

Posted: July 14, 2011 - 4:55pm

JUNEAU: Last week, fishing effort for salmon was slower than the prior week, taking 137 rod-hours to harvest a king. Last year at this time it took 44 rod-hours and the five-year average was at 57 rod-hours. The hot spot was the Auke Bay/Fritz Cove area. Remember to have a 2011 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.

Anglers had good luck with coho last week, taking 13 rod-hours per fish. Last year it took 13 rod-hours and the 5-year average was at 10 rod-hours. Hot spots for coho were Point Retreat, the backside of Douglas, the Auke Bay/Fritz Cove area, West Chatham Straights, and North Shelter Island.

Fishing effort and success is still good for halibut, taking 4 rod-hours to harvest a halibut last week. The prior year and the 5-year average were both at 6 rod-hours per halibut. Hot spots for halibut were North Shelter, Homeshore, Benjamin Island and Point Sophia.

SOUTHEAST: The sampled fishing effort last week ranged from below 306 rod-hours in Wrangell to over 4,000 rod-hours in Ketchikan. The Chinook and coho salmon and halibut sport fisheries remain good to excellent at most ports.

Harvest rates for Chinook salmon last week ranged from 5 rod-hours per fish in Sitka to 191 rod-hours in Petersburg, and were better than or equal to the five-year average at the ports of Ketchikan, Craig/Klawock, Sitka and Gustavus. The Chinook salmon fishery throughout the region should 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 encountered harvested halibut, with harvest rates ranging from 2 rod-hours per harvested halibut in Craig/Klawock to 10 rod-hours per halibut in Wrangell.

Coho salmon were encountered by our creel surveys at all ports last week, with harvest rates ranging from 1 rod-hour per harvested coho salmon in Elfin Cove to 13 rod-hours in Juneau.

Harvested pink salmon were encountered by our creel survey personnel last week at six of the ports, with harvest rates ranging from 1 rod-hour per harvested pink salmon in Gustavus to 53 rod-hours in Craig/Klawock.

Harvested chum salmon were encountered at six ports, with harvest rates ranging from 6 rod-hours per harvested chum salmon in Juneau to 245 rod-hours in Craig/Klawock.

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