For the week of Aug. 13:
The Juneau Golden North Salmon Derby wrapped up Sunday night, with an estimated total of 396 chinook salmon entered (88 percent above the recent five year average of 211 fish) and 1,081 coho salmon entered (49 percent below the recent five year average of 2,129 fish). The winning fish was a 26.8 lb king turned in on the final day of the derby.
King, coho salmon: Last week anglers spent an average of 40-rod-hours per king salmon in the Juneau area, and 15 rod-hours for coho salmon.
Halibut: Halibut in the Juneau area currently require approximately 5 rod-hours per fish.
This is the fifteenth sport harvest rates report of the 2012 season. Sport fishing effort sampled by our creel survey crews at each port ranged from less than 200 rod-hours at Wrangell, to over 1,500 rod-hours in Gustavus, Craig, Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau.
King salmon: Chinook salmon harvest rates ranged from 16 rod-hours per fish in Sitka, to 433 rod-hours in Yakutat. No harvested chinook salmon were encountered in Gustavus or Elfin Cove last week. The chinook salmon fishery throughout the region should continue to be productive into 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 9 rod-hours in Wrangell.
Coho: Harvested coho salmon were encountered at all sampled ports last week, and harvest rates ranged from 1 rod-hour per fish at Craig/Klawock, Sitka, and Yakutat, to 13 rod-hours in Juneau.
Pink salmon: Pink salmon harvest was encountered at all sampled ports, with the harvest rates ranging from 2 rod-hour per fish in Ketchikan, to 172 rod-hours in Juneau.
Chum salmon: Harvested chum salmon were encountered six sampled ports, with harvest rates ranging from 95 rod-hours per fish in Wrangell, to 2,012 rod-hours in Juneau.
Synopsis of the 2012 Southeast Alaska Salmon Derbies Note: unofficial listing of ports, dates, and leading fish.
The unofficial winning fish of the Juneau Spring King Salmon Derby, held each May, was 38.4-pound fish (cleaned and gilled) as of May 31.
Wrangell’s salmon derby started up May 12 and ran through June 10. The unofficial winning fish was 46.5 pounds (round weight).
Petersburg four-day salmon derby started Friday, May 25, and wrapped up on Monday, May 28, with the unofficial winning fish being a 45.6 lb fish (in the round). The 309 chinook salmon entered into the 2012 Petersburg derby is 8 percent below the recent 5-year average of 336 entered fish.
Sitka salmon derby’s winning fish after the two-weekend derby is a 41.4-pound fish (in the round), and a total of 597 fish were entered, which is 22 percent higher than the recent 5-year average of 489 total entered fish for the Sitka derby.
Ketchikan’s salmon derby was won by a 43.-pound (in the round) chinook salmon, and had 703 fish entered (15 percent lower than the recent 5-year average of 825 fish for the three weekends of the derby).
Haines salmon derby’s winning fish after the two-weekend derby was 41.9 lb fish (in the round), with a total of 48 fish entered.
Pelican’s salmon derby occurred during June 1-3 and June 8-10, and the unofficial winning fish was 26.4 lbs (gutted and gilled).
Juneau’s annual Golden North Salmon derby occurred during Aug. 10-12, and the unofficial winning fish was a 26.8-pound (in the round) chinook salmon. The 396 chinook salmon entered into the 2012 Juneau derby is 88 percent above the recent 5-year average of 211 entered chinook salmon, while the 1,081 coho salmon entered last weekend is 49 percent below the recent five-year average of 2,128 fish.
This wraps up the synopsis of the 2012 Southeast Alaska sport fish salmon derbies.
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.