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King salmon fishing in the Juneau area continues to slow. Last week it took 68 hours to catch a keeper king salmon. The five-year average for catching a king in the Juneau area is 51 hours. Last year it took 50 hours to land a keeper king. Most of the kings sampled last week were caught by anglers fishing around Shelter Island. Anglers fishing the backside of Douglas Island also picked up a few kings.
Coho fishing is improving. Last week it took 12 hours to land a silver. The five-year average is 14 hours and last year it took 48 hours. Cohos are being picked up around Shelter Island, Point Retreat, and Pt. Couverden. It took an average of 10 hours to land a pink salmon last week, while last year it took 16. The five-year average is 13 hours.
For the second week in a row, about 55 percent of angler effort was concentrated on halibut. Last week, halibut fishing improved to one fish for every nine hours of effort. This is an hour better than the previous week. Last year it took eight hours, which is also the five-year average. Most of the halibut sampled came from Icy Strait, with a few fish harvested from the Benjamin Island and Vanderbilt Reef areas. The limit for halibut is two per day and four in possession with no size restrictions.
The personal use sockeye fishery at Sweetheart Creek in Gilbert Bay opened June 1 and will remain open seven days a week until Oct. 31. The daily bag and possession limit is 25 sockeye.King crab and dungeness crab also can be found now. Personal use permits are required for both.
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