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The hotspots for king salmon fishing in the most recent survey period were the Breadline and Tee Harbor. False Outer Point and Auke Bay also provided good fishing. King salmon also were caught around Point Salisbury.
It took the average Juneau-area marine boat angler 36 rod hours to land a king salmon, the same as the five-year average. Last year it took 29 hours to land a keeper.
Fishing should continue to improve in the upcoming weeks. Traditionally, the peak is around Memorial Day. Remember you must have in your possession a 2003 fishing license and a king salmon stamp
Heading and filleting king and coho salmon is prohibited prior to returning to port. However, gutting and gilling is allowed. Once you return to port, you may head and/or fillet your catch at a cleaning table or on your vessel after tying up at your slip. This restriction allows the state's creel survey crew at the docks to examine intact salmon for evidence of coded wire tags and to collect heads from tagged salmon.
In accordance with regulations, if your king salmon is coded-wire tagged and sampled by an Alaska Department of Fish and Game creel survey technician, you must forfeit the head and the date and area where you caught the fish. If you want to enter your coded-wire tagged king salmon in the Spring King Salmon Derby, you must make arrangements with the sampler to return the head after it has been weighed.
For information about sport fishing opportunities or regulations in the Juneau area, call 465-4270.
Provided by Bruce White of the Department of Fish and Game's Division of Sport Fish.