Sport fish report for the week of Aug. 9
Juneau - Coho harvest rates were a little better than average last week, taking six rod hours per fish. Last year it took nine rod hours and the 5-year average was at seven rod hours. The hot spots for last week were: North Shelter, Point Retreat, the backside of Douglas and Outer Point.
Harvest rates for halibut are still good, taking six rod hours to harvest a halibut 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, Lynn Sisters, Couverden, Homeshore and south Shelter.
King salmon fishing was worse than average, taking 451 rod hours to harvest a king salmon last week. Last year at this time it took 91 rod hours and the five-year average was at 124 rod hours.
Fishermen are reminded to have a 2010 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.
Check online or call the sport fish office for the full king salmon regulation, in addition to the most current lingcod and rockfish news releases. For further specifics on regulations and fisheries in the Juneau area, consult the sport fishing regulation booklet or call the Division of Sport Fish at (907) 465-4270. A complete list of news releases can be found on the Alaska Sport Fish web site: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/eonr/index.cfm.
Southeast Alaska area - The sampled fishing effort last week ranged from below 140 rod hours in Wrangell to approximately nearly 3,500 rod hours in Juneau. The coho salmon and halibut sport fisheries remain good to excellent at most ports, while the king salmon fishery is slowing down.
Harvest rates for kings last week ranged from 10 rod hours per fish in Sitka, to 451 rod hours in Juneau, and were better than or equal to the five-year average at the ports of Craig/Klawock, Wrangell, Petersburg and Sitka. No harvested king salmon were encountered by our creel survey personnel in Skagway and Yakutat. The Chinook salmon fishery throughout the region will continue to be productive into August, as the inner Southeast Alaska 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 king salmon fishery.
All sampled ports encountered harvested halibut, with harvest rates ranging from three rod hours per harvested halibut in Craig/Klawock to 11 rod hours per halibut in Wrangell.
Coho salmon were encountered by our creel surveys at all ports last week, with harvest rates ranging from two rod hours per harvested coho salmon in Sitka, Gustavus, Elfin Cove and Yakutat to 43 rod hours in Wrangell. The rates were better than or equal to the five-year average at the ports of Juneau, Gustavus, Elfin Cove and Yakutat.
Harvested pink salmon were encountered by our creel survey personnel last week at all sampled ports except Wrangell, with harvest rates ranging from three rod hours per harvested pink salmon in Ketchikan to 15 rod hours in Craig/Klawock.
Harvested chum salmon were encountered at five ports, with harvest rates ranging from 29 rod hours per harvested chum salmon in Yakutat to 453 rod hours in Craig/Klawock.
Note: This data is based on information gathered during the week of Aug. 1.