Fish Report

Posted: Sunday, June 01, 2003

King salmon continue to move into the Juneau area and are being caught at many locations.

The Breadline/Tee Harbor area continues to produce the highest number of kings, followed by Point Salisbury and the Outer Point area. Slocum Inlet and Doty's Cove also are producing a number of chinook.

Last survey period, it took the average Juneau area marine boat angler 29 rod-hours to land a king salmon. This is three fewer hours than the previous week (32 hours) and better than the five-year average of 37 hours. Last year, during the same week, it took 22 hours to land a keeper king.

It appears that so far this year, Juneau area marine boat anglers are experiencing a little better than average king salmon fishing. Hatchery-produced king salmon should soon be showing up in numbers near their release sites in Auke Bay and Fritz Cove.

Last week, the catch rate for halibut was 10 hours per fish. Last year it was 12 hours per fish, and the five-year average is six hours per flatfish. There was little bottomfishing effort last week. Fishing effort for halibut will continue to increase and the catch rates should improve.

For information about sport fishing opportunities or regulations in the Juneau area, call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.

Provided by Bruce White of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Sport Fish.

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