Fishing: Coho fishing better than average

Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Here is this week's Juneau-area fishing report, updated Monday from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's weekly survey:

Coho fishing was good and fast last week, especially around Point Retreat, south Shelter Island and Outer Point. The average of three rod hours per coho was half what it took at this time last year, and is faster than the five-year average of four hours.

King salmon fishing picked up, averaging 62 rod hours, compared to 137 the previous week. A year ago last week it took anglers 96 hours per king salmon. The five-year average is 121 hours. Hot spots last week included south Shelter Island, and anglers caught some kings coming in from the back side of Douglas Island and the bread line.

The halibut harvest rate was steady at five hours per fish, compared to six hours for the same week last year and an average of 11 hours over five years. Halibut included in the survey were caught in Icy Strait, James Bay and Funter Bay.

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