SPRING KING SALMON
This past week’s king salmon fishing continued to be good in the Juneau area. Average daily harvest and catch rates as well as number of anglers fishing in North Douglas at False Outer Point were similar to last week. Shoreside anglers continue to harvest most of the fish in this area. Marine boat anglers are also having luck in the Tee Harbor/Breadline, north Shelter Island, Auke Bay, Point Bishop/Salisbury and Doty Cove areas. Sunny skies and calm seas lured more fishermen out for the Memorial Day weekend, thus increasing effort.
HALIBUT AND ROCKFISH
Marine anglers fishing Lynn Sisters, west of Point Howard/Couverden, and near Homeshore returned to Juneau ports with halibut and some rockfish. Anglers are reminded that all non-pelagic rockfish caught must be retained until their bag limit is reached. Please consult the 2014 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations to identify pelagic and non-pelagic rockfish and for daily bag and possession limits. Juneau area charter vessels are reminded that federal halibut regulations are in effect for regulatory areas 2C and 3A. Please consult the March 7 National Marine Fisheries Service News Release. Anglers may contact the ADF&G office now located at Bill Ray Center near the Juneau-Douglas bridge for regulatory questions.
A few blackcod were sampled at Juneau area docks this past week. Anglers are advised that the daily bag and possession limit for all anglers is 4 blackcod of any size; there is an annual limit of 8 blackcod for nonresidents fishing in the Lower Lynn Canal/Chatham Strait area, and harvest recording is required for non-residents in this area. Harvest records are printed on the back of each sportfishing license and must be filled out immediately upon harvest.
DISTRICT 11-A SHRIMP
As a reminder, District 11-A shrimp fishing will remain closed until further notice due to low population abundance in the local area around Juneau. The intention of these closures is to allow shrimp abundance to rebound from the current low level. The department will continue to monitor the section 11-A shrimp resource. The personal use and sport fisheries will remain closed until data indicates that shrimp abundance can again sustain harvest.
CUTTHROAT TROUT AND DOLLY VARDEN CHAR
Freshwater stream water temperatures are increasing and streams are now teeming with outmigrant salmon smolt and fry moving downstream to enter nearshore marine waters. Dolly Varden char and cutthroat trout fishing in Juneau roadside area streams and at the mouths of many creeks should continue to be good. Local anglers should try small spinners and smolt patterns along the shoreline of Gastineau Channel, and at the mouth of Salmon, Sheep, Lemon, Montana, Peterson and Cowee creeks.
• Current emergency orders and news releases for Southeast Alaska can be found here: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm?ADFG=region.R1