Fish report

Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2004

Here is this week's fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Catch rates for king salmon during the week of 5/17 to 5/23 declined from the previous week. The average marine boat angler put in 61 hours of fishing before landing a keeper chinook. During the same week last year, the average marine boat angler fished for 29 hours before landing a king. The five-year average is 30 hours per king salmon. False Outer Point continues to be the hotspot for boat anglers. A few king salmon were reported from Point Bishop and Tee Harbor. Traditionally, the local king salmon run peaks around Memorial Day weekend.

A few halibut were sampled in the creel survey last week. It took an average of 12 hours to land a flatfish. During the same week last year it took 10 hours to land a halibut. The five-year average harvest rate for halibut is 8 hours. A few chum salmon were sampled from the Amalga Harbor area.

The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that 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 our 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 sport fishing regulations, if your king salmon is coded wire tagged and sampled by an ADF&G creel survey technician, you must forfeit the head and the date and area that you caught the fish. If you want to enter your fish in the spring king salmon derby, you must make arrangements with the sampler to return the head after it has been officially weighed.

For all resident sport anglers in Southeast Alaska, the daily king salmon bag and possession limit is two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length. Nonresident anglers are limited to one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length per day. In addition, all non-residents are limited to three king salmon annually.

Please consult your sport fishing regulation booklet for further specifics on roadside regulations and fisheries in the Juneau area.

For further information concerning sport fishing opportunities or regulations in the Juneau area, please call the Division of Sport Fish at (907) 465-4270.

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