King salmon fishing in the Juneau area improved last week, taking an average of 19 hours to land a keeper. The five-year average is 21 hours and last year it took 15 hours to land a king salmon. The areas fished were virtually the same as the previous week, with most of the kings sampled from the terminal harvest area adjacent to the North Douglas boat launch ramp. This area has an increased daily bag limit of four kings per day, of which no more than three may be 28 inches or greater in length.
Anglers venturing out to Doty's Cove, Pt. Salisbury, Pt. Bishop, Lizardhead and Homeshore are also bringing back kings. The king salmon bag and possession limit for all anglers is one fish (28 inches or greater in length) per day and one in possession. Chums continue to be caught in the Juneau area. Most were picked up on the Breadline while others were harvested around North Douglas and the drag from Lizardhead to Point Retreat.
While 90 percent of the angler effort was concentrated on salmon fishing, those that went out for halibut were quite successful in landing the prized bottom-fish. The number of hours to catch a halibut went from 29 the previous week, to five last week. The five-year average is six hours. Most of the halibut sampled last week came from the Icy Strait and Hawk Inlet areas.
Halibut fishing should improve until September. The limit for halibut is two per day and 4 in possession with no size restrictions. The daily bag and possession limit for Lingcod is one fish per day with two in possession for all anglers. Additionally, a minimum size limit of 39 inches will be in effect for guided and nonresident anglers in Northern Southeast Alaska.
Also, Eagle Beach and Auke Bay reopened to Dolly Varden fishing on June 1. Windfall Creek is closed from June 1 until Aug. 1 to all sport fishing, except that during June, fishing is open Wednesdays and Saturdays for limited sockeye salmon fishing (bag limit one per day).
For more call 465-4270.