Last week, on average, it took Juneau area marine boat anglers 32 rod hours to harvest a king. Last year at that time, it took 161 rod hours and the five-year average was 42 rod hours per fish. The hot spot for last week was Auke Bay. Remember, anglers must have in possession a 2008 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.
Coho are beginning to show up in the fishery, taking 51 rod hours to land a fish last week. Last year at that time, it took six rod hours and the five-year average was eight rod hours. Hot spots for coho were Point Retreat and North and South Shelter Island.
Halibut fishing remains good, taking six rod hours last week to harvest a fish. The prior year, it took eight rod hours and the five-year average was at six rod hours per halibut. Anglers had luck at a variety of locations last week, with the hot spots being North Shelter, Benjamin Island, Couverden, and the backside of Douglas Island.
The 2008 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat will be effective May 1 and are as follows for the coming weeks:
Alaska residents: bag and possession limit of one king salmon 28 inches or longer in length; no annual limit
Nonresident: daily bag and possession limit of one king salmon 28 inches or longer in length from May 1 to July 15, one king salmon 48 inches or longer in length during July 16-Sept. 30, and back to one king salmon 28 inches or longer in length during Oct. 1-Dec. 31.
Nonresident annual limits are three king salmon 28 inches or longer in length during Jan. 1-June 30, an annual limit of two king salmon 28 inches or longer in length during July 1-July 15, and an annual limit of one king salmon 28 inches or longer in length during July 16-Dec. 31. Any king salmon 28 inches or longer in length harvested by the nonresident during 2008 are cumulative towards the annual bag limit. For example, if a nonresident harvested three king salmon during Jan. 1-June 30, then the nonresident cannot harvest any more king salmon during 2008, with the exception being some terminal harvest areas.
Please check online or call the sport fish office for the full king salmon regulation.
The hatchery terminal harvest area (THA) near Juneau has been liberalized to provide additional opportunities to harvest hatchery king salmon. The new regulation will be in effect in the Juneau THA through Friday, Aug. 31 (please check the Web page or news release for a map). Within the boundaries of the THA:
The daily bag and possession limit is four king salmon of any size;
King salmon harvested in these saltwater areas by nonresidents do not count towards their annual limit.
You can not fish outside of the THA if you retain king salmon under 28 inches or have over the bag and possession limit for areas outside the THA.
For anglers halibut fishing from a charter vessel in IPHC Area 2C, please check the NOAA Web site for bag and possession limits: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/halibut/charters.htm.
The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that marine boat anglers possessing sport-caught king and coho salmon, lingcod or non-pelagic rockfish may not fillet, mutilate or de-head these fish until the fish have been offloaded, unless they are preserved or have been consumed onboard. Gutting and gilling is allowed. Once you offload at port, you may head and fillet your catch. This restriction allows our creel survey crew at the docks to check for coded wire tags and collect biological information.
Please consult your sport fishing regulation booklet for further specifics on regulations. A complete list of news releases can be found on the State of Alaska Sport Fish web site: www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/eonr/index.cfm or you can call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.