Catch rates for king salmon in the Juneau area were about average last week. It took marine boat anglers an average of 21 hours to land a chinook. This is seven more hours than the previous week. Last year it took 26 hours to land a king salmon and the five-year average is 20 hours. The majority of the king salmon continue to be harvested from the Auke Bay/Fritz Cove terminal harvest area. King salmon were also sampled from Point Bishop, Point Retreat, and the backside of Douglas Island.
As we approach the month of July, more and more anglers are targeting halibut. Last week, nearly 40 percent of the angling effort was directed toward halibut. The harvest rate for halibut last week was seven hours per fish, which is the same as last year and the five-year average. Most of the halibut sampled during the survey came from Icy Strait. Areas closer to Juneau that also produce halibut include Vanderbilt Reef, Benjamin Island, and North Pass.
The terminal saltwater 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 is 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 three king salmon. These regulations will remain in effect through August 31.
The saltwater terminal area (THA) is defined as 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 of the THA is the Juneau-Douglas bridge in Gastineau Channel.
Outside the terminal saltwater area, for all resident sport anglers in Southeast Alaska, the daily king salmon bag and possession limit is two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length. Nonresident anglers are limited to one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length per day.