Juneau area marine boat anglers once again enjoyed a good week of king salmon fishing. Most of the king salmon are being caught in the terminal harvest area that includes Auke Bay and Fritz Cove. In the most recent survey, it took 16 hours to land a king. This is up from 10 hours the previous week and compares to 15 hours last year and the five-year average of 31 hours. A few king salmon were also picked up at North Pass and along the backside of Douglas Island.
Fishing effort was divided equally between salmon and halibut. It took an average of nine hours to land a flatfish, which is the same as the five-year average. Last year it took an average of 17 hours to put a halibut in the boat. Anglers who venture out to Icy Strait are having the best success. Local spots producing halibut are Vanderbilt Reef, Benjamin Island and Shelter Island. Pink, chum and coho salmon also were sampled during the creel survey last week.
Consult your sport fishing regulation booklet for specifics on fishing in the Juneau area. You also can call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.
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