King salmon fishing for Juneau-area marine boat anglers is slowing down. During the most recent creel survey, it took 42 hours to land a king salmon, up from 16 hours the previous week. The five-year average is 71 hours per king salmon. Last year it also took 71 hours to land a king. Most of the king salmon that were sampled were taken from the terminal harvest area that includes Auke Bay and Fritz Cove. A few other kings were caught near Point Retreat.
Sixty percent of the fishing effort put in by marine boat anglers was targeted at halibut. On average, it took seven hours to land the flatfish. The five-year average is eight hours, and last year during the same week it took five hours to land the flatfish. Anglers that venture out to Icy Strait are having the best success. Local spots producing halibut are Vanderbilt Reef, Benjamin Island and Shelter Island.
Coho salmon and pink salmon also were in the marine boat harvest last week. It took an average of 28 hours to land a silver. The five-year average is 13 hours and last year it took eight hours. Coho salmon are being caught around Cordwood Creek, North Pass and the Breadline. Last week it took the average marine boat angler 35 hours to land a pink salmon. Last year it took 12 hours and the five-year average is 14 hours.
The Juneau-area personal-use red and blue king crab summer season began July 1, and harvest permits are available online through the Fish and Game licensing Web page, www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license. Summer harvest permits are available at the Douglas office at 802 3rd St. or by calling 465-4250. Before a new permit is issued, permits from the 2002 summer and 2002-03 winter seasons must be returned to the department, even if no king crab were harvested.
Provided by Bruce White of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Sport Fish.