Anglers searching for chinooks continue to take longer than usual to catch a king.
It took an average of 123 hours to land a keeper king during the most recent survey in the Juneau area. Last year, it took 111 hours to land a keeper. The five-year average is 79 hours. The few kings that are being harvested are mostly coming from the backside of Douglas Island and North Pass.
Halibut harvest rates were better than average. It took five hours to land the flatfish, while the five-year average was nine hours. Last year, the average angler fished for 10 hours before landing a halibut. The halibut hotspots continue to be in Icy Strait and around Vanderbilt Reef.
The local coho salmon run continues to be strong. Last week it took anglers five hours to land a silver salmon. This compares with 10 hours last year, and the five-year average of nine hours. Hotspots for coho continue to be Handtroller's Cove and Outer Point.
The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that heading and filleting king and coho salmon is prohibited prior to returning to port. However, gutting and gilling is allowed. Once you return to port, you may head and/or fillet your catch at a cleaning table or on your vessel after tying up at your slip. This restriction allows creel survey crews at the docks to examine intact salmon for evidence of coded wire tags and to collect heads from tagged salmon.
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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