It was a beautiful weekend to be on the water and harvest rates improved for king salmon in the Juneau area, taking 31 rod hours to harvest a king last week. Last year at this time, it took 42 rod hours and the five-year average was 32 rod hours per fish. The hot spots for last week were Gastineau Channel, Outer Point, Taku Inlet and Auke Bay. King salmon fishing should continue to improve in the coming weeks, and should peak around the end of June with the king salmon returning to the Terminal Harvest Area. Remember, anglers must have in possession a 2009 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.
Anglers also targeted halibut, but without as much luck as the prior week, taking 38 rod hours to harvest a halibut. Again, a majority of these halibut were harvested in the Cross Sound and Icy Straight areas.
The hatchery terminal harvest area (THA) near Juneau has been liberalized, to provide additional opportunity to harvest hatchery king salmon. The new regulation will be in effect in the Juneau THA from Monday, June 1 through Monday, August 31, 2009. Please check the web page or news release for a map.
Within the boundaries of the THA, the daily bag and possession limit is four king salmon of any size. King salmon harvested in these saltwater areas by nonresidents do not count towards their annual limit. Anglers who catch king salmon within the THA may not continue to fish outside of the THA if they possess king salmon that do not comply with the regulations for that outside area.
The 2009 regional sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat will be effective April 2 and are as follows for the coming week. Alaska residents have the bag and possession limit of two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, with no annual limit. Nonresident anglers have the bag and possession limit of one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length with an annual limit of three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
Please check online or call the sport fish office for more detail on king salmon regulations, as well as the most current lingcod and rockfish news releases.