For the week of June 4
JUNEAU: Chinook salmon fishing continues to improve as Juneau area anglers spent an average of 39 rod-hours per king salmon last week in the Juneau area. Last year at this time it required 56 rod-hours per fish, and the five-year running average is 46 rod-hours per salmon. Anglers are currently having luck harvesting fish in the areas around False Outer Point, and both the North and South Gastineau areas.
Halibut: Fishing effort for halibut in the Juneau area increased and is currently requiring approximately 25 rod-hours per fish. Anglers are catching halibut in the Hanus Reef, and West Chatham Straits areas. At this time last year the halibut fishery required approximately 11 rod-hours per fish, with a five year average of 13 rod-hours per fish.
SOUTHEAST: This is the fifth sport harvest rates report of the 2012 season. Sport fishing effort increased at most ports last week, with the total weekly amount sampled by our creel survey crews at each port ranged from below 250 rod-hours at Elfin Cove to over 3,300 rod-hours in Ketchikan.
King salmon: Chinook salmon harvest rates ranged from 3 rod-hours per fish in Elfin Cove to 54 rod-hours in Haines. The harvest rates at Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau, Gustavus and Elfin Cove were better than or equal to the recent five-year average, while harvest rates were poorer than the five-year average at the other sampled ports.
The Chinook salmon fishery throughout the region should continue to be productive into mid-July, as the inner Southeast Alaska ports will 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 personnel, with harvest rates ranging from 1 rod-hour in Wrangell to 25 rod-hours in Juneau.
Coho salmon: Harvested coho salmon were encountered at three sampled ports last week: Sitka (harvest rate of 46 rod-hours per harvested coho), Elfin Cove (72 rod-hours) and Ketchikan (3,023 rod-hours).
Pink salmon: Pink salmon harvest was encountered at two sampled ports: Sitka with a harvest rate of 198 rod-hours per harvested pink salmon, and Petersburg with 1674 rod-hours per fish.
Chum salmon: Harvested chum salmon were encountered at Sitka (139 rod-hours per fish), Ketchikan (756 rod-hours), and Juneau (1325 rod-hours).
REMINDERS: The 2012 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast and Yakutat went into effect March 31. They are as follows:
• Alaska residents: bag and possession limit of 3 king salmon 28 inches or greater in length; no annual limit.
• Nonresident: bag and possession limit of 1 king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
Check online or call the sport fish office for the full king salmon regulations, and the most current lingcod and rockfish news releases.
For the District 11 waters around the Juneau area the liberalized king salmon regulations have been rescinded as of June 1.
As a means to increase angling opportunities for kings, the Juneau Hatchery Terminal Harvest Area regulations will be in effect between the dates of Friday, June 1 through Friday, August 31. Go online for the specifics on the regulation.
• For more on fishing reports in your area, go online to adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishingReports.