Fishing report: It's almost time to pull up the pots as end of king crab season nears

Halibut season strong as average angler spends about five hours to land fish

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers and crabbers that the red and blue king crab fishery is closing soon.

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The Juneau area summer personal-use red and blue king crab fishery will close at 6 p.m. Saturday. People may not retain red and blue king crabs after that time, and they must remove their pots from the water by then.

As for the fishing, it took the average Juneau marine boat angler 36 rod hours to hook a king, the same as the prior week. Auke Bay again was the most productive area.

Last year it took 78 rod hours to land a king. The five-year average is 18 rod hours per salmon.

Halibut fishing remains good, taking 5-rod hours to land a fish. The halibut are being caught in several areas with the hot spots last week at North Shelter Island, Homeshore, Benjamin Island and the Point Howard/Couverden Rocks area.

Last year it took 7 rod hours to land a halibut. The five-year average is 5 rod hours.

Anglers are hooking chum salmon in the Auke Bay area. It's taking an average of 10 rod hours to catch a chum.

It currently takes 187 rod hours to catch a coho salmon and 44 rod hours to hook a pink salmon.

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