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King salmon fishing in the Juneau area improved dramatically the last week of June.
The average marine boat angler fished 11 hours prior to landing a king salmon. This is considerably better than the 26 hours that it took the week before. Last year it took 10 hours to land a king salmon and the five-year average is 19 hours. Nearly all the king salmon sampled came from the Auke Bay-Fritz Cove terminal harvest area.
Fishing effort continues to be split, with 65 percent going toward salmon and 35 percent for halibut. The harvest rate was four hours per halibut. Last year it took six hours to land a halibut, and the five-year average is 10 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.
A few coho and pink salmon are also being sampled at the docks. The average number of hours for harvesting a pink salmon was 28 hours last week. Last year it was 200 hours and the five-year average is 265 hours. Last week the average for coho salmon was 161 hours per fish. Last year it was 167 hours and the five-year average is 71 hours.
The terminal salt-water area near Juneau is open to harvest surplus hatchery-produced king salmon. 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 any size and king salmon taken by nonresidents do not count toward the annual limit of three fish. These regulations will remain in effect through Aug. 31.
Outside the terminal salt water area, for all Southeast residents, the daily bag and possession limit is two king salmon 28 inches or longer. Nonresidents are limited to one king 28 inches or longer per day. In addition, all nonresident anglers are limited to three king salmon annually.
For more information about sport fishing in the Juneau area, call 465-4270.
Provided by Bruce White of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Sport Fish.