Fish report

Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2003

King salmon fishing for Juneau-area marine boat anglers slowed a little the week ending June 22. It took the average angler 26 hours to land a chinook. That is five more hours than it took the previous week.

Last year it took 14 hours to land a king, and the five-year average is 19 hours. Most kings continue to be harvested from the Auke Bay and Fritz Cove terminal harvest area. Kings also were caught in the Point Salisbury and Point Bishop area.

More and more anglers are targeting halibut. In the week ending June 22, nearly half of the angling effort was directed toward halibut. The harvest rate was 6 hours per halibut. Last year it took 8 hours to land a halibut, and the five-year average is 7 hours.

Anglers that travel to Icy Strait typically have better success. Local spots known to produce halibut are Vanderbilt Reef, Benjamin Island and North Pass.

The terminal saltwater area near Juneau is open to harvest surplus hatchery-produced kings. 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 Douglas Bridge.

In this area, the daily bag and possession limit is four king salmon of any size. King salmon taken by nonresidents do not count toward the annual limit of three fish. These regulations will remain in effect through Aug. 31.

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