King salmon fishing in the Juneau area improved a little last week. The majority of the Chinook harvested last week were caught in the waters behind Douglas Island and in Young's Bay. It took 68 hours to land a keeper last week, compared to 84 hours the previous week. This is a little longer than the five-year average of 53 hours. Last year it took 36 hours to put a keeper in the boat. A few kings are also being picked up around Point Retreat, North Pass and Handtroller's Cove.
Coho salmon fishing in the Juneau area also improved last week. It took an average of eight hours to land a silver, compared to the previous weeks average of 13 hours. The five-year average for coho fishing is nine hours, while last year it took 10 hours. Most of the coho sampled last week were caught behind Douglas Island, along the drag from Cordwood Creek to Point Retreat and North Shelter Island. Anglers venturing out to Point Couverden also caught silvers.
Last week it took an average of 23 hours to pink salmon. This is longer than the five-year average of 18 hours, but less than last year's 26 hours. Most of the pinks were harvested from behind Douglas Island, along North Shelter Island and Point Retreat. Pinks are generally caught while trolling for coho or king salmon, and they can keep anglers pretty busy.
Once again, approximately 60 percent of angler effort was focused on halibut. Halibut fishing improved last week to one fish for every eight hours of effort. This is five hours less than the previous week. Last year at this time it took 11 hours to catch a halibut, while the five-year average in the Juneau area is seven hours. The top four halibut producing areas were Vanderbilt Reef, Benjamin Island, Icy Strait and Point Couverden. Halibut were also sampled from St. James Bay, South Shelter and Young's Bay. The limit for halibut is two per day and four in possession with no size restrictions.
The personal use sockeye fishery at Sweetheart Creek in Gilbert Bay remains open until Oct. 31. Personal use permits for this fishery are required and are available at the Division of Commercial Fisheries front desk in Douglas. The daily bag and possession limit is 25 sockeye. Personal use fishing at Sweetheart is open seven days a week.
A permit is required for king crab fishing in District 11-A. These permits are available at the Division of Commercial Fisheries front desk. The limit for King Crab in District 11-A is two legal-sized males per person per day. The seasonal limit is 10 crab per person and 20 per household. Your permit must be in your possession while out pulling pots and be readily available for inspection.
For further information concerning sport fishing opportunities or regulations in the Juneau area, please call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.