Fish Report

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002

The chances of landing a king salmon went up in the most recent survey.

It took an average of 66 hours to land a keeper king in the Juneau area, somewhat less than five-year average of 78 hours. Last year it took 55 hours to land a keeper. The few kings that are being harvested are mostly coming from the backside of Douglas Island and North Pass.

The local coho salmon run continues to be strong. Last week it took anglers two hours to land a silver salmon. This compares with eight hours last year, which is also the five-year average. Hot spots for coho salmon continue to be Handtroller's Cove and Outer Point. There are plenty of coho salmon for the salmon derby.

Halibut harvest rates began to slow last week. It took nine hours to land the flatfish, while the five-year average is seven hours. Last year, the average angler fished for six hours before landing a halibut. The halibut hot spots continue to be in Icy Strait and around Vanderbilt Reef.

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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