For the week of June 25
King salmon: Juneau area anglers are currently spending an average of 50 rod-hours per king salmon in the Juneau area. At this time last year it required 38 rod-hours per fish, and the five-year running average is 25 rod-hours per salmon. Anglers were having luck harvesting king salmon in the areas around the North Gastineau Terminal Harvest Area, and the Breadline Areas.
Halibut: Angling effort for halibut in the Juneau area currently requires approximately 7 rod-hours per fish. At this time last year, the halibut fishery required approximately 4 rod-hours per fish, with a five-year average of 5 rod-hours per fish. Anglers are currently having luck catching halibut in the Benjamin Island, West Point Retreat and North Shelter areas.
SOUTHEAST: 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 2,500 rod-hours in Sitka.
King salmon: Chinook salmon harvest rates ranged from 5 rod-hours per fish in Sitka, Gustavus and Elfin Cove to 50 rod-hours in Juneau. 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 2 rod-hours in Craig/Klawock to 7 rod-hours in Ketchikan and Juneau.
Coho salmon: Harvested coho salmon were encountered at six sampled ports last week, and ranged from 8 rod-hours per fish at Craig/Klawock and Elfin Cove to 287 rod-hours per fish in Juneau.
Chum salmon: Harvested chum salmon were encountered at five sampled ports, with rates ranging from 16 rod-hours per fish in Juneau, to 1,729 rod-hours in Sitka.
Pink salmon: Pink salmon harvest was encountered at five sampled ports, with the rates ranging from 28 rod-hours in Elfin Cove, to 1,148 rod-hours in Juneau.
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.