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Southeast area sport fish report

Posted: September 14, 2012 - 12:01am

For the week of Sept. 10:


Sport fishing effort sampled by our creel survey crews at the remaining ports during the final survey week ranged from under 250 rod-hours in Sitka, to more than 2,800 rod-hours in Ketchikan.

King salmon: Chinook salmon harvest rates ranged from 143 rod-hours per fish in Sitka, to 297 rod-hours in Ketchikan.

Halibut: All sampled ports had harvested halibut encountered by our creel personnel, with harvest rates ranging from 3 rod-hours per fish in Sitka, to 9 rod-hours in Juneau.

Silver salmon: Harvested coho salmon were encountered at all sampled ports last week. Harvest rates ranged from 2 rod-hours per fish in Sitka, to 6 rod-hours in Juneau.

Pink salmon: Pink salmon harvest was encountered at two of the three sampled ports, with the harvest rates ranging from 66 rod-hours per fish in Ketchikan, to 143 rod-hours in Sitka.

Chum salmon: Harvested chum salmon were encountered at two of the three sampled ports, with harvest rates ranging from 143 rod-hours per fish in Sitka, to 791 rod-hours in Ketchikan.

• Note: The creel surveys in Craig/Klawock, Wrangell, Petersburg, Gustavus and Yakutat ended on Aug. 26; Skagway and Elfin Cove ended on Sept. 2; and Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka on Sept. 9.

As we wrap up another angler survey season, many thanks goes out to the sport fish field survey personnel for collecting the effort and biological data, and the angling public for providing their time and information during the interviews.

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.

• 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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