Juneau area marine boat anglers continue to enjoy some of the best king salmon fishing since the state began keeping records on sport harvests.
In the most recent survey, it only took an average of 14 hours to land a king. The next best harvest rate for that week was 16 hours per fish, and was recorded in 1997. This is four fewer hours than the previous week, three hours less than the same week last year, and six hours less than the five-year average. Most of the king salmon sampled came from the terminal harvest area that includes Auke Bay and Fritz Cove. A few king salmon were also picked up south of town.
Halibut fishing effort rose to 35 percent of the total fishing effort last week. On average, it took eight hours to land a flatfish, compared to seven hours last year. The five-year average is also seven hours. Anglers venturing out to Icy Strait are catching most of the halibut, while those fishing closer to Juneau are having some success around Shelter Island.
A few pink, chum, and coho salmon were also sampled during the recent creel survey. The number of these species being harvested is too small to generate meaningful averages.
The Juneau area (section 11-A) personal use red king crab fishery opens Monday. Harvest permits for the summer season (July 1-Sept. 30) are available online through Fish and Game's Licensing Web page, www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license or by calling the Fish and Game regional office at 465-4479. Permits may also be obtained at the Douglas Office located at 802 3rd St. Those who apply online will be entered in a lottery to win a king crab pot.