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Southeast area sport fish report

Posted: July 20, 2012 - 1:07am

For the week of July 16:

JUNEAU:

King salmon: Anglers are currently spending an average of 34 rod-hours per king salmon in the Juneau area. At this time last year it required 110 rod-hours per fish, and the five-year running average is 69 rod-hours per salmon. Juneau anglers did the best harvesting king salmon in the North Gastineau Terminal Harvest Area.

Halibut: Halibut in the Juneau area currently require approximately 5 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 6 rod-hours per fish. Anglers are currently having the most luck catching halibut in the North Shelter, Saint James Bay, and Benjamin Island areas.

Coho salmon: The arrival of coho salmon in the Juneau area will provide anglers with increased opportunities to harvest a returning salmon. Anglers are currently having luck catching silvers in the areas around West Point Retreat and the Backside of Douglas Island. Coho currently require approximately 38 rod-hours per fish. Both this time last year, and for the 5-year average, Juneau anglers were required to put in approximately 13 rod-hours per fish.

SOUTHEAST REGION

This is the eleventh sport harvest rates report of the 2012 season. Sport fishing effort sampled by our creel survey crews at each port ranged from below 200 rod-hours at Wrangell, to more than 1,500 rod-hours in Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau.

King salmon: Chinook salmon harvest rates ranged from 11 rod-hours per fish in Sitka, to 244 rod-hours in Gustavus. The Chinook salmon fishery throughout the region should continue to be productive during 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 per fish in Craig/Klawock to 6 rod-hours in Ketchikan.

Coho salmon: Harvested coho salmon were encountered at seven sampled ports last week, and harvest rates ranged from 2 rod-hours per fish at Elfin Cove and Gustavus, to 38 rod-hours in Juneau.

Pink salmon: Pink salmon harvest was encountered at six sampled ports, with the harvest rates ranging from 2 rod-hours per fish in Gustavus, to 77 rod-hours in Craig and Klawock.

Chum salmon: Harvested chum salmon were encountered seven sampled ports, with harvest rates ranging from 15 rod-hours per fish in Juneau, to 330 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.

Beginning April 30, marine boat anglers possessing sport caught king and coho salmon, lingcod or non-pelagic rockfish may not fillet, mutilate, or de-head these fish until the fish have been offloaded, unless they have been consumed or preserved onboard. Gutting and gilling is allowed. Once you offload at port, you may head and/or fillet your catch. This restriction allows our creel survey crew at the docks to check for coded-wire-tags and collect biological information. Please check the news release for communities and designated time frames in which the restriction applies.

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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