King salmon fishing near Juneau was a little better than average the week of May 25 to June 1, with the average marine boat angler putting in 27 hours before landing a king salmon. That is 10 hours longer than last year. The five-year average is 30 hours.
The best king salmon fishing was in the Point Salisbury and Point Bishop area. King salmon also were being picked up along the Breadline and in Tee Harbor, Fritz Cove, and Auke Bay. About this time last year, fishing was real especially hot in the Auke Bay area, as hatchery-produced king salmon were returning to their release sites.
Anglers are not putting in much bottomfish effort. According to a survey, only 7 percent of angler hours were spent bottomfishing. The number of rod hours for halibut last week was three hours per fish, but that was heavily affected by a vessel that brought in a lot of halibut from the outer coast. Boats making multiple day trips to outside areas and returning to Juneau with their harvest are becoming more and more common. Anglers fishing closer to Juneau should expect to put in closer to the five-year average of 16 hours per halibut.
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