Kings take twice as long to get on a hook

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The average marine boat angler landed a king salmon in 77 hours last week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Monday.

This is more than twice the amount of time it took to land a king the previous week. The five-year average is 60 hours and last year during the same week, it took 68 hours to land a king.

Most of the king salmon in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game survey were harvested from South Douglas Island or the Auke Bay/Fritz Cove terminal harvest area, with a few kings coming from Point Retreat and The Breadline.

Coho catch rates continue to improve with the average marine boat angler putting in seven hours to land a coho. Last year it took five hours per coho with a five-year average of nine hours. The hot spots for silvers last week were Point Retreat and Shelter Island.

The harvest rate for halibut last week was four hours per fish. Last year during the same week it took five hours to land a halibut, with the five-year average of six hours. The majority of the halibut sampled in the survey were harvested from North Shelter and North Pass, Point Retreat, south Shelter and the Breadline. Halibut also were reported from Barlow Cove, Auke Bay and the Backside of Douglas.

For complete information on sport fishing opportunities or regulations in the Juneau area, call the state Division of Sport Fish at (907) 465-4270.

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