King salmon are abundant compared to recent years. The number of rod hours to harvest a king declined slightly from last week, with the average angler taking 26 hours to land a keeper king. Last years average was 28 hours and the five year average is 40 hours per king salmon. Once again, those people dragging herring around Picnic Cove and the Breadline were most successful. Roadside anglers at Picnic Cove are also experiencing good fishing.
King salmon fishing should continue to improve through May. The king salmon limit remains one fish of 28 inches or longer for locals this year. Nonresidents have an annual limit of three kings.
The Eagle Beach and inner Auke Bay areas are closed to Dolly Varden fishing during April and May. Any Dolly Varden caught in these closed areas cannot be retained. The use of bait is prohibited in freshwater fishing for most of the year in Southeast Alaska. The only places in the Juneau area where bait is allowed year-round are Twin Lakes, Salmon Creek Reservoir, Antler Lake, Annex Lake, and Dorothy Lake.
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