Halibut remain abundant in Juneau-area waters. It took the average angler seven hours to land a halibut in the most recent survey. The five-year average is eight hours and last year it took five hours to land the flatfish. The hotspots for halibut were around Poundstone Rock, Vanderbilt Reef, Lynn Sisters and St. James Bay. Areas around south Shelter Island and Aaron Island also produced halibut. Halibut will continue to be locally abundant until the end of August.
Coho salmon also are abundant in area waters. In the last survey it took an average of five hours to land a silver. The five-year average is six hours and last year it took three hours to catch a coho.
Most of the coho in the survey were harvested from North Pass, followed by the back side of Douglas Island and Point Retreat. These are the same areas as reported last week. Coho also were reported from south Shelter Island and Couverden. The coho salmon run typically peaks around the end of August or early September.
Last week it took the average angler in the Juneau area 64 hours to land a chinook salmon.
The five-year average is 75 hours, while last year it took 125 hours to land a king. Chinook salmon are being harvested from the back side of Douglas Island, Fritz Cove and North Pass. Chinook salmon should continue their annual decline in abundance through the rest of the year.
The Department of Fish and Game increased bag and possession limits for pink salmon in the Southeast sport fishery. The new regionwide bag and possession limits are 12 pink salmon per day and 24 in possession. These limits will remain in effect through Oct. 31.
The increased limits apply in fresh and salt waters, except in specific fresh water areas with local exceptions to regionwide harvest limits and in streams closed to sport fishing. Anglers should be sure to check the 2003 sport fishing regulations or call the nearest area office before fishing in fresh water areas.
For more information about sport fishing in the Juneau area, call 465-4270.
Provided by Bruce White of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Sport Fish.