Sport fish report

Posted: Friday, September 03, 2010

Sport fish report for the week of Aug. 30:

Juneau: On average last week, it took Juneau area marine boat anglers 117 rod hours to harvest a king, better than the prior week, but still indicative of the seasonal decline. Last year, it took 129 rod hours to harvest a king salmon, and the five-year average was at 168 rod hours per fish. Due to a low number of catches, no hot spots are available this week.

Coho harvest rates remain good, but a little worse than average, taking 7 rod hours to harvest a coho. A year ago it took 6 rod hours per fish, and the five year average was at 5 rod hours per coho. Hot spots last week were North Shelter, the Backside of Douglas and Pt. Retreat.

Halibut fishing remained great, taking 4 rod hours to harvest a fish. Last year and the five-year average was at 7 rod hours per halibut. Anglers had luck at a variety of locations, with the hot spots being Homeshore, North Shelter, the Backside of Douglas and Benjamin Island.

Southeast area: The coho salmon and halibut sport fisheries remain good to excellent at most ports, while the king salmon fishery is slowing down.

Harvest rates for king salmon last week ranged from 8 rod hours per fish in Sitka, to 368 rod hours in Yakutat, and were better than or equal to the five-year average at the ports of Ketchikan, Craig, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, and Yakutat. The Chinook salmon fishery on the outer coast 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 1 rod hour per harvested halibut in Craig/Klawock, to 15 rod hours per halibut in Wrangell.

Coho salmon were encountered by our creel surveys at all ports last week, with harvest rates ranging from 1 rod hour per harvested coho salmon in Sitka and Yakutat, to 9 rod hours in Wrangell. The rates were better than or equal to the five-year average at the ports of Ketchikan, Sitka, Elfin Cove and Yakutat.

Harvested pink salmon were encountered at all sampled ports except Wrangell, Petersburg and Yakutat, with harvest rates ranging from 4 rod hours per harvested pink salmon in Elfin Cove, to 545 rod hours in Juneau.

Chum salmon were encountered at four ports, with harvest rates ranging from 182 rod hours per harvested chum salmon in Sitka, to 817 rod hours in Juneau.

• Note: This data is based on information gathered during the week of Aug. 22.



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