Fish report

Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2004

Juneau area marine boat anglers experienced about average king salmon fishing the week ending June 5, with a majority of the king salmon being harvested from the Auke Bay/Fritz Cove area and around Point Bishop. King salmon also were sampled from the Breadline and Lizardhead. That week it took 26 hours to land a king. Last year during the same week, it took 31 hours to land a king.

The week ending June 5, almost 90 percent of the fishing effort was directed toward salmon, as anglers remain focused on king salmon. However, anglers fishing for halibut are meeting with good success. That week the harvest rate was 7 hours per halibut. Last year it was 5 hours. Anglers that travel to Icy Strait are generally more successful. Spots known to produce halibut are Vanderbilt Reef, Benjamin Island, and North Pass.

A terminal salt-water area near Juneau is open to harvest surplus hatchery-produced king salmon. The bag and possession limit in the saltwater terminal harvest area and in the freshwater drainages that are open to fishing will be four king salmon, no size limit. This bag limit will apply to both resident and nonresident anglers. In addition, king salmon taken in these waters by nonresidents do not count toward their annual limit of 3 king salmon. These regulations will remain in effect through Aug. 31.

The saltwater terminal area is the contiguous marine waters of the Auke Bay area, Fritz Cove and Gastineau Channel that are bound on the west side by a line that extends from Point Louisa to the navigational aid at the northern tip of Portland Island, along the eastern shore of Portland Island to its southern most tip and then to the tip of Outer Point on Douglas Island. The eastern boundary is the Douglas Bridge.

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