Fish report

JUNEAU: Anglers targeting coho salmon are currently putting in an average of 5-rod hours per fish. At this time last year anglers fished an average of 16-rod hours per fish and the 5-year average was at 12-hours per fish. Hot spots for coho include North Shelter Island, The Breadline, and Pt. Retreat.

 

Anglers pursuing halibut are currently taking 13-rod hours per fish. At this time in 2010, the average was 20-hours per halibut, and the 5-year average was 16-rod hours per fish. Hot spots for halibut were The Breadline, Couverden, and Young’s Bay.

The Juneau sport fishery for king salmon currently requires an average of 157-rod hours per fish. Last year at this time it required 99-rod hours per fish, and the five-year average was at 92-rod hours per salmon. Hot spots for kings in the Juneau area are currently North Shelter/Lincoln Islands areas, and the backside of Douglas Island.

SOUTHEAST: The sampled fishing effort last week ranged from around 200 rod hours in Sitka to over 4,000 rod hours in Ketchikan. The coho salmon and halibut sport fisheries remain good to excellent at most ports, while the Chinook, pink and chum salmon fisheries have slowed down.

The harvest rates for Chinook salmon last week ranged from 68 rod hours per fish in Sitka to 802 rod hours in Ketchikan, and were better than the five-year average at the port of Sitka. The Chinook salmon fishery on the outer coast 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 hour per harvested halibut in Sitka to 13 rod hours in Juneau. The harvest rates were better than the five-year average at Sitka and Juneau.

Coho salmon were encountered by our creel surveys at all sampled ports last week, with harvest rates ranging from 2 rod hours per harvested coho salmon in Sitka to 5 rod hours in Juneau. The harvest rates were equal to or better than the five-year average at the three sampled ports.

Harvested pink salmon were encountered by our creel survey personnel last week, with harvest rates ranging from 23 rod hours in Sitka to 82 rod hours in Ketchikan. The harvest rates were better than the five-year average at the three sampled ports.

Harvested chum salmon were encountered by our creel survey personnel last week, with harvest rates ranging from 39 rod hours in Ketchikan to 235 rod hours in Juneau. The harvest rates were better than the five-year average at Ketchikan and Juneau.

This is the final weekly HPUE report for the 2011 season. Thanks to the marine boat anglers for your cooperation with collection of sport fishery effort and catch information at the various ports in Southeast Alaska. The onsite creel surveys will start up again in late April or early May 2012.

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