Fish report

Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2003

Juneau-area anglers experienced average king salmon fishing in the most recent survey period, with a majority of the kings harvested from the Auke Bay and Fritz Cove area and around Point Bishop. King salmon were also taken from the Breadline and Lizardhead.

Last week, it took 31 hours to land a king. The prior week it took 27 hours, compared to 14 hours last year. The five-year average harvest rate is 27 hours.

Last week, 90 percent of the fishing effort was directed toward salmon. However, anglers fishing for halibut met success. Last week the harvest rate was 5 hours per halibut, compared to 4 hours last year. The five-year average is 11 hours. Anglers that travel to Icy Strait generally have higher catch rates.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that a terminal salt-water area near Juneau was opened for surplus hatchery-produced king salmon. The terminal area includes all contiguous marine waters east of a line from Indian Point in Auke Bay to the tip of False Outer Point on Douglas Island and waters west of the Juneau-Douglas Bridge. In this area, the daily bag and possession limit is four king salmon any size. King salmon taken by nonresidents do not count toward the annual limit of three fish.

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