For the week of Sept. 3:
King salmon: Anglers are currently spending an average of 95 rod-hours per king salmon in the Juneau area. At this time last year it required 401 rod-hours per fish, and the five-year running average is 186 rod-hours per king salmon. Most of the king salmon harvested by Juneau anglers last week were caught around False Point Retreat.
Halibut: Halibut in the Juneau area currently require approximately 9 rod-hours per fish. At this time last year the halibut fishery required approximately 6 rod-hours per fish, with a five year average of 6 rod-hours per fish. Anglers are currently having the most luck catching halibut at North Shelter (including Handtroller’s Cove and North Pass), St. James Bay, and Point Sophia.
Coho salmon: Anglers are currently having luck catching silvers in the areas around North Shelter, Point Retreat/Cordwood Creek and Funter Bay areas. Coho fishing is at 4 rod-hours per fish. This time last year Juneau anglers were required to put in approximately 5 rod-hours per fish while the five year average was 6 rod-hours per fish.
Sport fishing effort sampled by our creel survey crews at the remaining ports during the week of August 27-September 2 ranged from under 700 rod-hours at Elfin Cove to over 1,900 rod-hours in Ketchikan
King salmon: Chinook salmon harvest rates ranged from 17 rod-hours per fish in Skagway, to 95 rod-hours in Juneau. No harvested Chinook salmon were encountered in Elfin Cove last week.
Halibut: All sampled ports had harvested halibut encountered by our creel personnel, with harvest rates ranging from 4 rod-hours per fish in Sitka to 9 rod-hours in Juneau.
Coho salmon: Harvested coho salmon were encountered at all sampled ports last week, and harvest rates ranged from 1 rod hour per fish at Sitka, to 5 rod-hours in Ketchikan.
Pink salmon: Pink salmon harvest was encountered at all sampled ports, with the harvest rates ranging from 21 rod hour per fish in Elfin Cove, to 205 rod-hours in Sitka.
Chum salmon: Harvested chum salmon were encountered at three sampled ports, with harvest rates ranging from 210 rod-hours per fish in Ketchikan, to 614 rod-hours in Sitka.
Note that the creel surveys at Craig/Klawock, Wrangell, Petersburg, Gustavus, and Yakutat ended on August 26. Surveys at Skagway and Elfin Cove ended on September 2, while Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka will continue on until Sept. 9.
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.
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.