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Southeast area sport fish report

Posted: June 15, 2012 - 12:01am

For the week of June 11

JUNEAU:

King salmon: Juneau area anglers spent an average of 40 rod-hours per king salmon last week in the Juneau area. Last year at this time it required 45 rod-hours per fish, and the five-year running average is 32 rod-hours per salmon. Anglers are currently having luck harvesting fish in the areas around Gastineau Channel, and both the North and South Gastineau Terminal Harvest Areas.

Halibut: Fishing effort for halibut in the Juneau area increased and is currently requiring approximately 63 rod-hours per fish. Anglers are catching halibut in the Lynn Sisters and Couverden areas. At this time last year the halibut fishery required approximately 9 rod-hours per fish, with a five year average of 14 rod-hours per fish.

Please check online at (adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishregulations.sport) or call the ADF&G Sport Fish office for the full king salmon regulations, and the most current lingcod and rockfish news releases.

SOUTHEAST: This is the sixth sport harvest rates report of the 2012 season. Sport fishing effort sampled by our creel survey crews at each port ranged from below 300 rod-hours at Petersburg to over 2,600 rod-hours in Ketchikan.

King salmon: Chinook salmon harvest rates ranged from 3 rod-hours per fish in Sitka to 136 rod-hours in Skagway. The Chinook salmon fishery throughout the region should continue to be productive into mid-July, as the inner Southeast 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 2 rod-hours in Wrangell, to 63 rod-hours in Juneau.

Coho salmon: Harvested coho salmon were encountered at four sampled ports last week, and ranged from 43 rod-hours per fish in Sitka, to 720 rod-hours per fish in Ketchikan.

Pink salmon: Pink salmon harvest was encountered at three sampled ports, with the rates ranging from 39 rod-hours in Elfin Cove, to 215 rod-hours in Sitka.

Chum salmon: Harvested chum salmon were encountered at Juneau 581 rod-hours per fish) and Ketchikan (2160 rod-hours) ports.

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. News releases and emergency orders issued thus far for the 2012 sport fisheries can be viewed at the following link: adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.R1&year=2012.

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