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Sport Fish report

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010

Juneau area: The Juneau Golden North Salmon derby wrapped up on Sunday night, with an estimated total of 233 Chinook salmon harvested (36 percent below the recent five-year average of 364 fish) and 5,480 coho salmon harvested (60 percent above the recent five-year average of 3,418 fish). In terms of derby entered numbers only (i.e., excluding derby take-home fish), preliminary numbers show 125 Chinook salmon were entered (54 percent below the recent five-year average of 270 fish) and 3,392 coho salmon were entered (33 percent above the recent five-year average of 2,554 fish).

Last week, the Chinook catch rate was at 104 rod hours. Last year it took 82 rod hours per fish and the five-year average was 97 rod hours per fish. Remember, to fish for king salmon, anglers must have in possession a 2010 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.

The overall coho catch rate was at 5 rod hours per fish, better than last year's 9 rod hours and the five-year average of 6 rod hours per coho.

A majority of anglers were targeting salmon this last week during the derby. However, harvest rates for halibut remained good, taking an average of 5 rod hours per fish. Last year it took 4 rod hours and the five year average was at 5 rod hours per halibut.

A complete list of news releases can be found on the State of Alaska Sport Fish web site: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/eonr/index.cfm. For further information concerning sport fishing opportunities, current regulations and news releases in the Juneau area, the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.

Southeast region: The sampled fishing effort last week ranged from below 160 rod hours in Wrangell to approximately 13,800 rod hours in Juneau. The coho salmon and halibut sport fisheries remain good to excellent at most ports, while the Chinook salmon fishery is slowing down.

Harvest rates for Chinook salmon last week ranged from 8 rod hours per fish in Sitka to 104 rod hours in Juneau, and were better than or equal to the five-year average at the ports of Craig/Klawock, Wrangell, Sitka, Skagway and Yakutat. No harvested Chinook salmon were encountered by our creel survey personnel in Ketchikan and Petersburg. The Chinook salmon fishery throughout the region will continue to be productive into August, as some of the inner Southeast Alaska ports still have some hatchery fish returning to enhance local fisheries in addition to feeder Chinook salmon being available. The outer coast ports will continue to have the benefit of access to a mixed-stock Chinook salmon fishery.

All sampled ports encountered harvested halibut, with harvest rates ranging from 3 rod hours per harvested halibut in Craig/Klawock to 24 rod hours per halibut in Wrangell.

Coho salmon were encountered by our creel surveys at all ports last week except Wrangell, with harvest rates ranging from 1 rod hour per harvested coho salmon in Yakutat to 10 rod hours in Petersburg. The rates were better than or equal to the five-year average at the ports of Juneau, 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 5 rod hours per harvested pink salmon in Ketchikan, Gustavus and Elfin Cove to 125 rod hours in Juneau.

Harvested chum salmon were encountered at six ports, with harvest rates ranging from 86 rod hours per harvested chum salmon in Sitka to 962 rod hours in Juneau.

• Note: This data is based on information gathered during the week of Aug. 9.



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