Juneau area anglers experienced a significant decrease in the number of rod hours per king salmon, spending an average of 53 rod-hours per salmon in the Juneau area. At this time last year, it required 361 rod-hours and the five-year average was 153 rod-hours per fish. Hot spots for the Juneau area are the South Shelter Island, Breadline and the Backside of Douglas areas.
Fishermen continue to put in an average of 2 rod-hours per coho, whereas last year’s average was 6 rod-hours per fish and the 5-year average was 7 rod-hours per fish. Hot spots for coho include the Breadline, the Backside of Douglas and North Shelter/Lincoln islands areas.
Anglers targeting halibut are currently taking 4 rod-hours per fish. The prior year was at 6 rod-hours and the five-year average was at 5 rod-hours per halibut. Hot spots for halibut were Benjamin Island, North Shelter and West Pt. Retreat areas.