Fish Report: Juneau anglers' luck stays about the same

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Juneau-area anglers had about the same success fishing for king salmon in the week ending Sunday as they had the week before, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Monday.

Landing a king took an average of 26 hours fishing - better than the 40 hours it took during the same week last year. The five-year average for the week is 50 hours.

Most of the kings taken last week were caught in the Auke Bay-Fritz Cove terminal harvest area. Some were caught around Shelter Island and Point Retreat.

Coho fishing picked up last week, with the average hours declining to 17 per fish. That still is behind last year's average of nine hours and the five-year average of 15 hours, but the department predicted quicker action in the coming week. Most of last week's cohos were caught between Point Retreat and Funter Bay, indicating they may be ready to round the corner and reach more Juneau anglers.

Pink salmon also were in the mix around Point Retreat and Funter Bay, taking about 11 hours each to catch. The average last year and over the last five years was 23 rod-hours per pink.

Last week's halibut harvest rate was one per six hours of fishing, compared to last year's five hours and the five-year average of seven hours. Most halibut sampled by the department were caught around Vanderbilt Reef, Benjamin Island and north Shelter Island, though fish also were reported from Icy Strait around The Sisters.

• The following information was provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. A weekly fishing report runs on Tuesdays in the Juneau Empire.

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