Fish report

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2004

Here's the weekly fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

King salmon continue to move into the Juneau area and are being harvested at many locations. The majority of the king salmon harvested last week came from Point Bishop and Point Salisbury. The Breadline and False Outer Point continue to produce king salmon. Last week, it took the average Juneau area marine boat angler 27 rod-hours to land a king salmon. This is far better than the previous week 61 hours, and better than the five-year average of 30 hours per king. Last year, during the same week, it took 28 hours to land a keeper king. Hatchery produced king salmon should be showing up soon in Auke Bay and Fritz Cove.

Last week, the catch rate for halibut was 9 hours per fish. Last year it was 4 hours per fish, and the five-year average is 8 hours per flatfish. There was very little bottomfishing effort last week. Fishing effort for halibut will continue to increase and the catch rates should improve.

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 to examine intact salmon for evidence of coded wire tags and to measure and collect the heads from tagged fish.

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.

Non-resident 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 specifics on roadside fisheries and for additional information about sport fishing opportunities contact the Division of Sport Fish at (907) 465-4270.

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