King salmon fishing in the Juneau area slowed last week, taking an average of 28 hours to land a keeper. The five-year average is 22 hours and last year it took 17 hours to land a king salmon. Most of the kings sampled came from the terminal harvest area adjacent to the North Douglas boat launch ramp. This area has an increased daily bag limit of 4 kings per day, of which no more than three may be 28 inches or greater in length. 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 Juneau-Douglas bridge.
About 70% of angler effort was concentrated on salmon fishing. Beside king salmon, coho, chum and pink salmon are being landed. It took 21 hours to land a coho, which is ten times better than the five year average of 278 hours. This could be an indication of a strong coho run in Juneau area waters. Most of the chum salmon were picked up around North Douglas by anglers fishing for kings.
Last week it took 8 hours to land a halibut. During the same week last year it took 16. The five-year average is 7 hours. Most of the halibut sampled came from Icy Strait. Halibut were also caught closer to Juneau, with a few fish harvested from Benjamin Island and Vanderbilt Reef areas. The limit for halibut is 2 per day and 4 in possession with no size restrictions.
King crab season opened July 1. A permit is needed to fish in District 11-A, so make sure you go to or call the Commercial Fisheries, 465-4250. The limit in District 11-A is two legal sized male king crab per person per day. The seasonal limit is 10 crab per person and 20 per household.
Lastly, a small portion of Auke Bay, immediately off the mouth of Auke Creek, was closed to all sport fishing June 29th. It will remain closed until September 14th, to protect adult sockeye salmon returning to the Auke Lake system. The closed area is inside a boundary line extending from the Auke Bay Laboratory's boat dock south, past two white buoys and finally extending to a departmental regulatory marker on the Fritz Cove shoreline.
For more call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.