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Halibut and coho salmon harvest rates continue to be better than average this summer.
During the most recent marine boat survey, it took eight hours to land the flatfish. Last year it took 10 hours, which is also the five-year average. The halibut hotspots continue to be in Icy Strait and around Vanderbilt Reef.
It took the average angler six hours to land a silver or coho salmon. This compares with 12 hours last year, and the five-year average of 11 hours. Hotspots for coho fishing are North Pass and Outer Point.
It took an average of 78 hours to land a keeper king salmon in the Juneau area. This is slightly better than last year when it took 84 hours to land a keeper. The five-year average is 63 hours. Anglers fishing the backside of Douglas Island and North Pass were having the most success.
The personal use sockeye fishery at Sweetheart Creek in Gilbert Bay will remain open until Oct. 31. Permits are required for this fishery, and are available at the Division of Commercial Fisheries in Douglas. The daily bag and possession limit is 25 sockeye. Personal use fishing at Sweetheart is open seven days a week.
Consult your sport fishing regulation booklet or call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270 for more information.