Here is this week's fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
King salmon fishing in the Juneau area slowed last week. The average marine boat angler fished 40 hours before landing a king salmon. This is considerably more than the 11 hours it took to land a king the previous week. The five-year average is 52 hours and last year during the same week, it took 43 hours to land a king. Most of the king salmon in our survey were harvested from the Auke Bay/Fritz Cove terminal harvest area, with a few kings coming from the backside of Douglas Island and North Pass.
Coho catch rates remain very good for this time of the year. The average marine boat angler put in nine hours before landing a coho. Last year it took 29 hours per coho and the five-year average is 16 hours. The hotspot for silvers last week was Handtroller's Cove. Cohos were also being picked up on the backside of Douglas Island and in Fritz Cove.
The harvest rate for halibut last week was five hours per fish, which is good for the Juneau area. Last year during the same week it took seven hours to land a halibut, and the five-year average is eight hours. The majority of the halibut sampled in the survey were harvested from around Vanderbilt Reef. Halibut were also reported from Icy Strait, Poundstone Rock and Young's Bay.
The terminal saltwater area near Juneau is open to harvest surplus hatchery-produced king salmon. The bag and possession limit in the saltwater terminal harvest area and in the freshwater drainages that are open to fishing is four king salmon, no size limit. This bag limit will apply to both resident and nonresident anglers. In addition, king salmon taken in these waters by nonresidents do not count toward their annual limit of three king salmon. These regulations will remain in effect through Aug. 31, 2004.
The saltwater terminal area (THA) is defined as the contiguous marine waters of the Auke Bay area, Fritz Cove and Gastineau Channel that are bound on the west side by a line that extends from Point Louisa to the navigational aid at the northern tip of Portland Island, along the eastern shore of Portland Island to its southern most tip and then to the tip of Outer Point on Douglas Island. The eastern boundary of the THA is the Juneau-Douglas bridge in Gastineau Channel.
Outside the terminal saltwater area, for all resident sport anglers in Southeast Alaska, the daily king salmon bag and possession limit is two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length. Nonresident anglers are limited to one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length per day. In addition, all nonresident anglers are limited to three king salmon annually. The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that heading and filleting king and coho salmon is prohibited prior to returning to your port. However, gutting and gilling is allowed.