For the week of June 18
King salmon: This past week Juneau area anglers spent an average of 69 rod-hours per king salmon in the Juneau area, while at this time last year it required 43 rod-hours per fish, and the five-year running average is 29 rod-hours per salmon. Anglers are currently having luck harvesting king salmon in the areas around the North Gastineau Terminal Harvest Area, Outer Point and the Breadline areas.
Halibut: Angling effort for halibut in the Juneau area currently requires approximately 10 rod-hours per fish. At this time last year the halibut fishery required approximately seven rod-hours per fish, with a five-year average of eight rod-hours per fish. Anglers are currently having luck catching halibut in the Hawk Inlet and St. James Bay areas.
This is the seventh sport harvest rates report of the 2012 season. Sport fishing effort sampled by our creel survey crews at each port ranged from below 230 rod-hours at Wrangell to over 2,400 rod-hours in Sitka.
King salmon: Chinook salmon harvest rates ranged from five rod-hours per fish in Sitka, to 69 rod-hours in Juneau. 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 one rod-hour in Craig/Klawock, to 10 rod-hours in Juneau.
Coho salmon: Harvested coho salmon were encountered at six sampled ports last week, and ranged from 22 rod-hours per fish at Sitka, to 617 rod-hours per fish in Juneau.
Pink salmon: Pink salmon harvest was encountered at four sampled ports, with the rates ranging from 42 rod-hours in Sitka, to 780 rod-hours in Craig/Klawock.
Chum salmon: Harvested chum salmon were encountered three sampled ports, with rates ranging from 77 rod-hours per fish in Juneau, to 821 rod-hours in Sitka.
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, Aug. 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.