Harvest/Effort Statistics for the region: Aug. 2
Juneau: Coho harvest rates were a little better last week, taking seven rod hours per fish. Last year and the five-year average were both at six rod hours. The hot spots for last week were: North Shelter, Pt. Retreat, the backside of Douglas and Funter Bay.
Harvest rates for halibut are average for Juneau this time of year, taking five rod hours to harvest a halibut again last week. The prior year and the five year average were both at four rod hours per halibut. Again, anglers had good luck at a variety of locations with the hot spots for halibut being North Shelter, Benjamin Island, Couverden, Pt. Sophia, St. James Bay, and Pt. Retreat.
King salmon fishing was worse than average, taking 97 rod hours to harvest a king salmon last week. Last year at this time it took 89 rod hours and the five-year average was at 64 rod hours.
Southeast Alaska area: The sampled fishing effort last week ranged from 259 rod hours in Yakutat to over 4,100 rod hours in Sitka. The coho salmon and halibut sport fisheries remain good to excellent at most ports, while the Chinook salmon fishery is slowing down.
Harvest rates for Chinook salmon last week ranged from six rod hours per fish in Elfin Cove to 181 rod hours in Ketchikan, and were better than or equal to the five-year average at the ports of Craig/Klawock, Gustavus, Elfin Cove and Sitka. No harvested Chinook salmon were encountered by our creel survey personnel in Wrangell, Petersburg and Yakutat. The Chinook salmon fishery throughout the region will continue to be productive into August, as the inner Southeast ports have hatchery fish returning to enhance local fisheries, while the outer coast ports will continue to have the benefit of access to a mixed-stock Chinook salmon fishery.
All sampled ports encountered harvested halibut, with harvest rates ranging from two rod hours per harvested halibut in Craig/Klawock to 16 rod hours per halibut in Wrangell.
Coho salmon were encountered by our creel surveys at all ports last week, with harvest rates ranging from one rod hours per harvested coho salmon in Elfin Cove, to 10 rod hours in Petersburg and Wrangell. The rates were better than or equal to the five-year average at the ports of Sitka, Gustavus, Elfin Cove and Yakutat.
For further information concerning sport fishing opportunities, current regulations and news releases in the Juneau area, please call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270. Note: This data is based on information gathered during the week of July 26.