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Southeast area sport fish report

Posted: August 2, 2012 - 11:01pm

For the week of July 30:

JUNEAU:

King salmon: Anglers are currently spending an average of 84 rod-hours per king salmon in the Juneau area. At this time last year it required 102 rod-hours per fish, and the five-year running average is 79 rod-hours per salmon. Juneau anglers did the best harvesting king salmon around Doty Cove and South Shelter.

Halibut: Halibut in the Juneau area currently require approximately 5 rod-hours per fish. At this time last year the halibut fishery required approximately 3 rod-hours per fish, with a five year average of 4 rod-hours per fish. Anglers are currently having the most luck catching halibut in the Benjamin Island, North Shelter and St. James Bay areas.

Silver salmon: Anglers are currently having luck catching silvers in the areas around Point Retreat, Cordwood Creek, North Shelter, and the Backside of Douglas Areas. Coho currently require approximately 17 rod-hours per fish. This time last year Juneau anglers were required to put in approximately 3 rod-hours per fish, while the five year average was 5 rod-hours per fish.

SOUTHEAST REGION

This is the thirteenth 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 over 1,500 rod-hours in Craig/Klawock, Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau.

King salmon: Chinook salmon harvest rates ranged from 12 rod-hours per fish in Sitka, to 204 rod-hours in Skagway. No harvested Chinook salmon were encountered in Petersburg or Wrangell last week. The Chinook salmon fishery throughout the region should continue to be productive into mid-August, as some 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 per fish in Craig/Klawock, to 15 rod-hours in Wrangell.

Silver salmon: Harvested coho salmon were encountered at all sampled ports last week, and harvest rates ranged from 1 rod-hour per fish at Craig/Klawock, to 60 rod-hours in Petersburg.

Pink salmon: Pink salmon harvest was encountered at all sampled ports, with the harvest rates ranging from 2 rod-hours per fish in Ketchikan and Elfin Cove, to 43 rod-hours in Yakutat.

Chum salmon: Harvested chum salmon were encountered six sampled ports, with harvest rates ranging from 60 rod-hours per fish in Petersburg, to 602 rod-hours in Craig/Klawock.

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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