The spring king salmon are here and are being caught in the traditional fishing areas: the Breadline, Picnic Cove, and Tee Harbor. We should be seeing more kings once the weather allows anglers to fish in the more outlying areas such as Cordwood Creek and Lizardhead.
The predominantly clear, cold and windy weather has prevented many anglers from going out, and those who do brave the weather find controlling their vessels is a major task at trolling speeds. According to our first week of creel sampling, the Picnic Cove/Outer Point area was the most productive, followed by the Breadline and Tee Harbor.
It took the average Juneau area marine boat angler 58 rod hours to land a king. This is well above last year's 31 hours and the five-year average of 28 hours per fish. Fishing will improve in the upcoming weeks, and peak around Memorial Day. Remember you must have in your possession a 2002 fishing license and a king salmon stamp
For all resident, nonguided sport anglers in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat, the daily king salmon bag and possession limit is two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length. Nonresident and guided anglers are limited to one king salmon per day. In addition, all nonresidents are limited to three king salmon annually. This years increased king salmon bag limit for resident sport fishing anglers is the result of a higher abundance index.
For further information concerning sport fishing opportunities or regulations in the Juneau area, call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.