Juneau area marine boat anglers are experiencing some of the best coho salmon and halibut fishing in years. The excellent catch rates for these species are coming on the heels of an outstanding king salmon season.
King fishing has dropped off considerably, which is normal for this time of year. The average catch rate for king salmon during the most recent creel survey was 73 hours. The five-year average is 68 hours, while last year it took 34 hours to boat a king. Anglers fishing Lizardhead, Couverden and the backside of Douglas Island are having the best success catching kings.
It took an average of four hours to land a halibut, compared to the five-year average of nine hours. Last year it took an average of 10 hours to land a halibut. Anglers that venture out to Icy Strait are having the best success. Local spots producing halibut are Vanderbilt Reef, Poundstone, St. James Bay, Benjamin Island and Shelter Island.
Coho salmon fishing is off to a fast start and may indicate a large run. Anglers spent only eight hours to land a coho, while last year it took 18 hours. The five-year average is 19 hours. Lizardhead, Couverden and North Pass are producing the greatest number of coho salmon.
For further information concerning sport fishing opportunities or regulations in the Juneau area, call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.