It was a beautiful weekend to be on the water and harvest rates improved for king salmon - taking 91-rod hours to harvest a king last week.
The prior week it took the average Juneau area marine boat angler 132-rod hours to harvest a king. Last year at this time, it took 72-rod hours and the five-year average was 44-rod hours per fish.
The hot spots for last week were the Outer Point, Gastineau Channel and the Breadline. King salmon fishing should improve in the coming weeks, and should peak around the end of June when the king salmon are returning to the Terminal Harvest Area. Remember, anglers must have in possession a 2009 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.
Anglers have begun targeting halibut, taking 12-rod hours to harvest a halibut last week. All of these halibut were harvested in the Cross Sound and Icy Straight areas.
The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that beginning April 27, 2009 marine boat anglers possessing sport caught king and coho salmon, lingcod or non-pelagic rockfish may not fillet, mutilate, or de-head these fish until the fish have been offloaded, unless they are preserved or have been consumed onboard. Gutting and gilling is allowed.