King salmon appear to be swimming in Auke Bay-Fritz Cove terminal harvest area

Halibut fishing continues to increase, up 42 percent

Posted: Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Landing a king salmon in the Juneau area took an average of 22 hours in the week ending Sunday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Tuesday. That's twice as long as last year's average for the same week, and slightly higher than the five-year average of 17 hours.

Nearly all of the kings surveyed in the region were caught in the Auke Bay-Fritz Cove terminal harvest area.

The department reported that cohos were moving into the area slowly, and the coho catch rate was one per 65 hours, mostly in the Auke Bay area. The average for the same period last year was 32 hours, and the five-year average was 69 hours.

Halibut fishing continued to increase last week, taking up 42 percent of the area's fishing effort. The harvest rate was one per four hours, which compared to one per three hours in the same week last year - better than the five-year average of one per seven hours. Most of the halibut sampled by the department were caught from Icy Strait, while a handful were caught near north Shelter Island.

The Juneau area personal-use red and blue king crab summer season began July 1. Harvest permits are available online through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game licensing web page, ( Summer harvest permits are also available at the Douglas office at 802 3rd Street or by calling 465-4250. Before being issued a permit, fishermen must return permits from the 2004 summer and 2004-05 winter seasons, even if no king crab were taken.

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