King salmon catch rates remained about the same last week, with anglers putting in an average of 34 hours before landing a king compared to 35 the week before. The king salmon run is shaping up to be about normal when compared to the five-year average of 32 hours. But when compared to last year's catch rate of 71 hours per king, the fishing is much better.
Picnic Cove remains the hot spot with the Breadline/Tee Harbor area running a close second. There were some kings sampled that were caught in the Pt. Salisbury/Pt. Bishop area as well as up by Benjaman Island. Interestingly, there weren't any kings sampled from the Cordwood Creek or Lizardhead areas. The windy weather could be influencing the fishing effort in those areas; however, there were a couple of chum salmon picked up by anglers trolling at Lizardhead.
Fishing should continue to improve, and if we get some calmer weather, we could see a jump in the number of kings landed.
All the anglers interviewed last week targeted salmon. However, anglers will soon start trying their luck bottom fishing, especially those that have caught all the king salmon they want. The five-year average catch rate for halibut in the Juneau area during the week of 5/21-5/27 is 11 hours per fish. The limit for halibut is two per day and four in possession with no size limit. For lingcod, the daily bag and possession limit is one fish per day and two in possession for all anglers. For more call 465-4270.
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