Juneau area marine boat anglers enjoyed yet another better-than-average week of king salmon fishing during the most recent survey of anglers, taking an average of 18 hours to land a king. This is one hour less than last year's 19 hours and less than the five-year average of 21 hours.
The majority of king salmon harvested came from the terminal harvest area that includes Auke Bay and Fritz Cove. The Point Bishop area south of town also produced a number of kings, but fishing there has slowed from previous weeks. King salmon were also picked up at North Pass and Icy Strait.
King salmon terminal harvest area regulations went into effect June 8. The daily bag and possession limit in this area is four king salmon with no size restrictions. The terminal harvest 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 the waters west of the Douglas Bridge. A map of the terminal area will be posted at local boat harbors. King salmon taken in this area by nonresidents do not count toward the annual limit of three king salmon. Anglers are reminded they cannot possess king salmon in excess of the regulations for the area where they are fishing. Regulations prohibit the possession of king salmon less than 28 inches when fishing outside the terminal harvest area.
Effort directed at halibut by marine boat anglers rose from 8 to 12 percent of the total effort spent fishing last week. On average, it took 11 hours to land a flatfish. This compares to five hours last year, while the five-year average is seven hours. A couple of coho and chum salmon were also sampled during the creel survey last week.
The Juneau area (section 11-A) personal use red king crab fishery opens July 1. Beginning June 17, harvest permits for the summer season (July 1 - Sept. 30) will be available online through Fish and Game's licensing Web page, www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license or by calling the ADF&G regional office at 465-4479. Permits may also be obtained at the Douglas Office at 802 3rd St. Those who apply online will be entered in a lottery to win a king crab pot. The daily bag and possession limit will be two legal male crab per person. The summer seasonal household bag limit will be 20 red king crab.