King salmon fishing in the Juneau area remains concentrated at the North Douglas terminal harvest area. It took 30 hours to catch a king salmon last week, compared to the five-year average of 59 hours. Last year it took 111 hours to land a keeper.
The North Douglas terminal area kings should be around for another week. Many of these kings run up Fish Creek, while those around the Auke Bay harbor should be milling about the harbor area and the mouth of Auke creek until the end of the month. Kings can also be caught on the drag from Cordwood to Pt. Retreat.
Beside king salmon, coho, chum and pink salmon are being landed. Last week, it took 17 hours to land a coho and 20 hours to land a pink. The five year average catch rate for coho is 30 hours, while last year it took 143 hours. The five year average for pinks is 17 hours. Last year it took 77 hours.
For the first time this year, more effort was spent fishing for halibut than for salmon. The split was about 55 percent halibut to 45 percent for salmon. Last week it took 10 hours to land a halibut, identical to last year. The five-year average is 9 hours. Most of the halibut sampled came from Icy Strait. Halibut were also caught closer to Juneau, with a few fish harvested from Benjamin Island and Vanderbilt Reef areas.
There's also a good number of king crab available and dungeness crab can be found. A permit is required to fish for king crab in District 11-A, call 465-4250. For more call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.
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