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Fish report

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish - Douglas

This report was updated on Monday.

Last week, on average it took Juneau area marine boat anglers 56 rod hours to harvest a king. Last year at this time, it took 87-rod hours and the five-year average was 70 rod hours per fish. The hot spot for last week was Auke Bay. Remember, anglers must have in possession a 2008 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.

Coho are continuing to show up in the fishery taking 25 rod hours to land a fish last week. Last year at that time it took 5-rod hours and the five year average was 6 rod hours. Hot spots for coho were Pt. Retreat and South Shelter Island.

Halibut fishing remains good, taking 5 rod hours last week to harvest a fish. The prior year it took 7 rod hours and the five-year average was at 5 rod hours per halibut. Anglers had luck at a variety of locations last week, with the hotspots being Benjamin Island, North Shelter, Couverden, and the Amalga Harbor/Lena area.

The 2008 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat will be effective May 1 and are as follows for the coming weeks:

• For Alaska residents, the bag and possession limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, with no annual limit.

• For nonresident, the daily bag and possession limit of one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length from May 1 to July 15, one king salmon 48 inches or greater in length from July 16 to Sept. 30, and back to one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

• Nonresident annual limits are three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length from Jan. 1 to June 30, an annual limit of two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length from July 1 to 15, and an annual limit of one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length from July 16 to Dec. 31. Any king salmon 28 inches or greater in length harvested by the nonresident during 2008 are cumulative towards the annual bag limit. For example, if a nonresident harvested three king salmon during the Jan. 1-June 30 period, then the nonresident cannot harvest any more king salmon during 2008, with the exception being some terminal harvest areas.

Please check online or call the sport fish office for the full king salmon regulation.

The hatchery terminal harvest area (THA) near Juneau has been liberalized, to provide additional opportunity to harvest hatchery king salmon. The new regulation will be in effect in the Juneau THA from June 1 to Aug. 31 (please check the web page or news release for a map). Within the boundaries of the THA:

• The daily bag and possession limit is four king salmon of any size;

• King salmon harvested in these saltwater areas by nonresidents do not count towards their annual limit.

You can not fish outside of the THA if you retain king salmon under 28 inches or have over the bag and possession limit for areas outside the THA.

For anglers halibut fishing from a charter vessel in IPHC Area 2C please check the NOAA web site for bag and possession limits: alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/halibut/charters.htm.

The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that marine boat anglers possessing sport caught king and coho salmon, lingcod or non-pelagic rockfish may not fillet, mutilate or de-head these fish until the fish have been offloaded, unless they are preserved or have been consumed onboard. Gutting and gilling is allowed. Once you offload at port, you may head and/or fillet your catch. This restriction allows our creel survey crew at the docks to check for coded-wire-tags and collect biological information.

Please consult your sport fishing regulation booklet for further specifics on regulations. A complete list of news releases can be found on the State of Alaska Sport Fish web site: www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/eonr/index.cfm or you can call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.



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