Fish Report

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

Harvest rates for coho salmon continue to be better than average in the Juneau area. In the most recent survey, it took anglers five hours to land a silver salmon. This compares with nine hours last year, and the five-year average of eight hours. Coho hotspots are Handtroller's Cove and Outer Point.

Halibut harvest rates remain about average. Last week it took eight hours to land the flatfish, which is also the five-year average. Last year the average angler took nine hours to land a halibut. The halibut hotspots continue to be in Icy Strait and around Vanderbilt Reef.

Anglers took an average of 104 hours to land a keeper king salmon, which is considerably longer than this time last year when it took 67 hours to land a keeper. The five-year average is 55 hours. The few kings that are being harvested are mostly coming from the backside of Douglas Island and North Pass.

The personal use sockeye fishery at Sweetheart Creek in Gilbert Bay will remain open until Oct. 31. Permits 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 for further specifics on roadside regulations and fisheries in the Juneau area. For further information, call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.

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