Coho catch rates in the Juneau area are about average for this time of the year.
In the week of July 19 to July 25, marine boat anglers put in six hours on average to land a coho. Last year during the same week it took five hours per coho and the five-year average is seven hours. The hotspots for coho were North Pass, South Shelter Island, and the backside of Douglas Island.
The harvest rate for halibut was six hours per fish, which is also about average for the Juneau area. Last year during the same week it took six hours to land a halibut, and the five-year average is nine hours. Most of the halibut sampled in the survey were harvested from Poundstone Rock and South Shelter Island. Halibut also were reported from Vanderbilt Reef and Icy Strait.
It took the average marine boat angler 83 hours to land a king salmon. This is almost twice the amount of time to land a king salmon the previous week. The five-year average is 63 hours. Last year during the same week it took 38 hours to land a king. Most of the king salmon in the survey were harvested from the backside of Douglas Island.
The terminal saltwater area near Juneau is open to harvest surplus hatchery-produced king salmon. The bag and possession limit in the saltwater terminal harvest area and in the fresh water drainages that are open to fishing is four king salmon, no size limit. The bag limit applies to resident and nonresident anglers. In addition, king salmon taken in these waters by nonresidents do not count toward their annual limit of three king salmon. These regulations will remain in effect through Aug. 31.
The saltwater terminal harvest area is defined as the contiguous marine waters of the Auke Bay area, Fritz Cove and Gastineau Channel that are bound on the west side by a line that extends from Point Louisa to the navigational aid at the northern tip of Portland Island, along the eastern shore of Portland Island to its southern most tip and then to the tip of Outer Point on Douglas Island. The eastern boundary is the Douglas Bridge.
Outside the terminal saltwater area, for all resident sport anglers in Southeast Alaska the daily king salmon bag and possession limit is two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length. Nonresident anglers are limited to one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length per day. In addition, all nonresident anglers are limited to three king salmon annually.
The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that heading and filleting king and coho salmon is prohibited prior to returning to port. However, gutting and gilling is allowed. Once you return to port, you may head and/or fillet your catch at a cleaning table or on your vessel after tying up. This restriction allows a creel survey crew to examine intact salmon for coded wire tags and to collect heads from tagged salmon.
For further information, call the Division of Sport Fish at (907) 465-4270.