Juneau area marine boat anglers enjoyed more good king salmon fishing, the most recent survey released July 7 showed.
All of the king salmon sampled were caught in the terminal harvest area that includes Auke Bay and Fritz Cove. Last week it took 16 hours to land a king. This is up from 11 hours the previous week and compares to 16 hours last year and the five-year average of 26 hours.
The fishing effort was divided almost equally between salmon (47 percent) and halibut (53 percent). It took an average of six hours to land a flatfish. The five-year average is 10 hours and last year during the same week it took nine hours to land a halibut. Anglers who venture out to Icy Strait are having the best success. Local spots producing halibut are Vanderbilt Reef, Benjamin Island and Shelter Island.
Coho and pink salmon also were sampled last week. It took an average of 58 hours to land a silver. The five-year average is 48 hours and last year it took 59 hours. Coho salmon are being caught around Cordwood Creek, North Pass and the Breadline. Pink salmon are abundant as compared to previous years. Last week it took the average marine boat angler 13 hours to land a pink salmon. Last year it took 48 hours and the five-year average is 36 hours.
Provided by Bruce White of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Sport Fish.