Juneau area marine boat anglers are enjoying a better-than-average year for halibut. In the most recent survey period, the average angler fished for six hours before landing a halibut. The five-year average is 10 hours, while last year it took nine hours to land a halibut. Locally, halibut fishing was most productive around Poundstone Rock, North Pass and Point Retreat.
King salmon harvest rates continue to be better than average. Last week, it took 38 hours land a king salmon. The five-year average is 63 hours, while last year it took 77 hours to land a king salmon. King salmon are most abundant on the back side of Douglas Island and at North Pass.
Coho salmon are beginning to show up in good numbers. Last week, the average was five hours per silver. The five-year average is nine hours, while last year it took six hours to land a coho salmon. The majority of the coho sampled were harvested from the back side of Douglas Island, along the drag from Funter Bay to Point Retreat, and North Pass.
Fish and Game's Sport Fish Division has increased bag and possession limits for pink salmon in the Southeast Alaska sport fishery. The new region-wide bag and possession limits are 12 pink salmon per day and 24 in possession. These limits will remain in effect through Oct. 31.
The increased limits apply in fresh and salt waters throughout the region, except in specific freshwater areas with local exceptions to region-wide harvest limits and in streams closed to sport fishing. Anglers should be sure to check the 2003 sport fishing regulations or call the nearest area office before fishing in fresh water areas.
Provided by Bruce White of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Sport Fish.