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The king salmon catch rate declined last week for the second week in a row. The rate last week of 73 rod hours per king was below the rate from this time last year of 29 hours, and below the five-year average of 31 hours per fish.
Most effort in the Juneau area focused on the Breadline and Outer Point-thus these two locations produced the most fish. Other local locations that produced fish included North Shelter, Auke Bay, and Point Retreat on the north end; and Gastineau Channel, Marmion Island, Taku Inlet, and Doty's Cove on the south end. Those anglers venturing out to Funter Bay also met with success.
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 to one fish 28 inches or greater from two fish. 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 has been highly variable on a day-to-day basis. The fishery at Picnic Cove is expected to continue over the next week, 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 have also been successful with targeting Dolly Varden along Gastineau Channel, North Douglas beaches, and beaches out the road-primarily as more of these fish begin to migrate out of their overwintering habitats of freshwater lakes and streams and the Dollies start feeding on pink and chum salmon fry migrating along the shorelines.
Fishing gear which imitates the salmon fry - such as silver medium-sized lures or fry pattern flies - seem to be producing the most fish. The daily bag and possession limit is two Dolly Varden in local waters crossed by the City and Borough of Juneau 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.
For further information concerning Sport Fish opportunities or regulations, please feel free to contact the Division of Sport Fish at 1-907-465-4270. Good luck fishing!