Fish report

Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2003

North Pass and the back side of Douglas Island continue to be the hot spots for coho salmon, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's latest report.

Last week it took anglers four hours to land a silver salmon. Last year at this time the harvest rate for coho salmon was two hours per fish and the five-year average is five hours per coho salmon. Coho salmon are also being harvested at South Shelter Island and the drag between Cordwood Creek and Point Retreat.

Vanderbilt Reef and Sisters Island in Icy Strait produced the greatest number of halibut in our survey. Halibut were also reported from North Pass. Recently, it took six hours of effort to land a halibut. Last year it took seven hours to land the flatfish and the five-year average is also seven hours.

King salmon continue to be harvested from the back side of Douglas Island and North Pass. Last week it took on average 62 hours of effort to put a chinook salmon in the boat. Last year it took 67 hours and the five-year average is 78 hours per king salmon.

Fish and Game increased bag and possession limits for pink salmon in the Southeast sport fishery. The new limits are 12 pink salmon per day and 24 in possession. These limits will remain in effect through Oct. 31.

Provided by Bruce White of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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