King salmon fishing in the Juneau area is pretty much concentrated at the North Douglas terminal harvest area, where anglers caught kings in 16 hours. The five-year average for catching a king in the Juneau area is 36 hours. Last year it took 67 hours to land a keeper. The North Douglas terminal harvest area has an increased daily bag limit of four kings per day, of which no more than three may be 28 inches or greater in length.
These North Douglas terminal area kings should be around for a few more weeks. Many of these kings are running up Fish Creek, while those around the Auke Bay harbor should be milling about the harbor area and the mouth of Auke Creek through the rest of the month. Kings can also be caught on the drag from Cordwood to Point Retreat and south of town at Point Salisbury and Point Bishop.
Once again, about 70 percent of angler effort was concentrated on salmon fishing. Besides king salmon, coho, chum and pink salmon are being landed. Last week, it took 158 hours to land a coho and 61 hours to land a pink. The five-year average catch rate for coho is 75 hours, while last year it took 1,000 hours. The five-year average for pinks is 38 hours and last year it took 77 hours. Chums are still quite plentiful around North Douglas and are being harvested by anglers in that area fishing for king salmon.
Last week it took 15 hours to land a halibut, while during the same week last year it took 11. The five-year average is eight 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 two per day and four in possession with no size restrictions.
King crab season opened July 1. A permit is needed to fish in District 11-A and can be obtained at the Commercial Fisheries main desk, 465-4250.
Lastly, a small portion of Auke Bay, immediately off the mouth of Auke Creek, is closed to all sport fishing until Sept. 14. The closed area is inside a boundary line extending from the Auke Bay Laboratory's boat dock south to the nearest of two white buoys marking the location of the laboratory's saltwater intake pipe, then continuing to an identical second buoy, and finally extending to a departmental regulatory marker on the Fritz Cove shoreline.
For more call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.