Sunny weather during the preceding week brought out the boaters and brought up the fishing effort. However, the catch rates declined to 60 rod hours per king salmon, which was significantly poorer than the 26 rod hours per fish for both 1999 and the five-year average.
The Breadline and Outer Point continue to be the local hotspots, while some kings were also harvested in the Auke Bay area, Saint James Bay, Point Retreat to Funter Bay, and on the south end around the mouth of Taku Inlet.
The spring king salmon fishery typically continues to improve during the next two weeks, with the peak around Memorial Day weekend. Don't forget about your king salmon stamp and sport fishing license for the year 2000-these must be in your possession while you are sport fishing for king salmon.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3, the king salmon daily bag and possession limits for all sport anglers fishing in the marine waters of Southeast Alaska and Yakutat are reduced from two to one fish 28 inches or greater. In addition, the annual bag limit for non-resident anglers has been reduced from four to two king salmon 28 inches or greater.
These reductions in bag limits are necessary to avoid the SE Alaska sport fishery from exceeding its harvest quota in the year 2000. For more information, please reference the News Release issued May 1 and posted at the local harbors and boat launches, or call Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.
Roadside anglers fishing at the False Outer Point/Picnic Cove area continue to pick up some king salmon, although catch success on the beach also experienced a lull during the sunny weather.
The fishery at Picnic Cove is expected to continue over the next two weeks, and will diminish by the end of May. Spinning gear rigged with an ounce or less of lead, and a whole herring are the best bets when casting from shore.
Roadside anglers are also targeting Dolly Varden along the Gastineau Channel, North Douglas beaches, and beaches out the road-primarily as more and more of these fish begin to migrate out of their overwintering habitats of freshwater lakes and streams.
The daily bag and possession limit is two Dolly Varden in local Juneau waters crossed by the CBJ road system; however, certain areas do have restrictions in place. Please consult your regulation book for further specifics regarding closed areas in the Juneau area.
The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that effective April 24 to Sept. 24, heading and filleting king and coho salmon is prohibited prior to returning back to your port; however, gutting and gilling is allowed. Once back in your port, you may head and/or fillet your catch at a cleaning table or on your vessel once tied up at your slip.
This restriction allows our creel survey crew at the docks to examine intact salmon for evidence of coded wire tags, as well as collecting information on the length and age composition of the sport harvest. Information from recovered coded wire tags provides essential data for Pacific salmon management. Please refer to bulletins posted at all CBJ boat harbors and boat launches for additional information.
For further information concerning Sport Fish opportunities or regulations, please feel free to contact the Division of Sport Fish at: (907) 465-4270. Good luck fishing!