Juneau area marine boat anglers continue to enjoy outstanding king salmon fishing. Most of the kings sampled in the most recent creel survey came from the terminal harvest area that includes Auke Bay and Fritz Cove, where it took an average of 10 hours to land a king. This compares to 30 hours last year and the five-year average of 24 hours. A few king salmon also were picked up south of town and along the backside of Douglas Island.
Halibut fishing effort remained about the same as in the previous week. Thirty-one percent of the total effort was directed at the flatfish. It took an average of six hours to land a flatfish, compared to nine hours last year and the five-year average of 10 hours. Anglers venturing out to Icy Strait are harvesting most of the halibut. Local spots producing halibut are Vanderbilt Reef, Benjamin Island and Shelter Island. A few pink, chum and coho salmon were also sampled during the creel survey.
The Juneau area personal use red king crab fishery opened July 1. Harvest permits for the summer season are available online through Fish and Game's licensing Web page, www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license or by calling 465-4479. Permits may also be obtained at the Douglas office at 802 3rd St. Those who apply online will be entered in a lottery to win a king crab pot. The daily bag and possession limit will be two legal male crab per person. The summer seasonal household bag limit will be 20 red king crab.
For further information about sport fishing opportunities or regulations in the Juneau area, call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.