Coho salmon fishing is the bright spot for salmon fishing in the Juneau area. It took an average of 13 hours to land a silver last week, compared to last year when it took 32 hours. The five-year average for coho fishing is 10 hours. Most of the coho sampled last week were caught behind Douglas Island, along the drag from Cordwood Creek to Point Retreat, and from Point Couverden. Silvers were also picked up in good numbers from North Shelter Island and Lizardhead.
King salmon fishing in the Juneau area continues to slow. Last week it took 84 hours to catch a keeper king salmon. The five-year average for catching a king in the Juneau area is 56 hours. Last year it took 53 hours to land a keeper king. Most of the kings sampled last week were caught by anglers fishing the backside of Douglas Island and around Shelter Island. A few kings are also being picked up around Point Retreat.
It also took 13 hours to land a pink salmon last week. This is an improvement over last year's 24 hours and the five-year average of 18 hours. Most of the pinks were harvested from behind Douglas Island, along North Shelter Island, and Point Retreat. Anglers fishing for coho usually pick up pinks. Pinks seem very abundant this year, with one boat picking up five in half an hour.
About 60 percent of angler effort was concentrated on halibut. This trend will likely continue until some large schools of coho show up. Last week, halibut fishing slowed to one fish for every 13 hours of effort. This is four hours more than the previous week. Last year it took 12 hours, and the five-year average is nine hours. 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.
For more call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.