King salmon continue to move into the Juneau area and are being caught at many locations.
The North Douglas-Outer Point area is still hot, while Auke Bay and Point Bishop are heating up. Tee Harbor, the Breadline, Cordwood Creek and Lizard are also producing fish. For the fourth straight week, state Fish and Game Department creel samplers sampled more kings harvested from the Picnic Cove and the Outer Point area than from any other location.
It took the average Juneau area marine boat angler 22 rod-hours to land a king salmon. This is seven fewer hours than the previous week and better than the five-year average of 39 hours. Last year, during the same week, it took 43 hours to land a keeper king.
Last week, creel samplers sampled their first halibut of the season. The five-year average catch rate for halibut at this time of year is five hours. Last week the catch rate was 12 hours per fish, as determined from a very small sample size. Bottomfish effort will continue to increase and the catch rate should continue to get better.
Creel survey personnel have yet to officially sample a pink, chum or coho salmon.
For further information concerning sport fishing opportunities or regulations in the Juneau area, call the Division of Sport Fish at (907) 465-4270.