Fish report

Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2004

Here's the latest fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

King salmon catch rates continue their seasonal decline. The week of Aug. 22-28 it took the average marine boat angler 144 hours to land a king salmon, which was better than the same week last year when it took 200 hours to land a king. The five-year average is 250 hours per king salmon. King salmon in our survey were reported from North Pass, Aaron Island, Point Retreat and Lizardhead.

Coho catch rates in the Juneau area that week were slightly poorer than last year. Last week, marine boat anglers put in four hours on average to land a coho. Last year during the same week it took three hours per coho. The five-year average is four hours. Coho salmon were abundant in our survey with the hotspots being North Pass, Lena Point, the back side of Douglas Island and Lizardhead.

While the majority of anglers were targeting salmon, those who fished for halibut that week averaged eight hours per flatfish. Last year during the same week it took the average angler nine hours to land a halibut, and the five-year average is 10 hours. The hotspots for halibut were Icy Strait, Hawk Inlet, and Poundstone Rock.

The bag and possession limits in the terminal saltwater area near Juneau that was open to harvest surplus hatchery chinook salmon reverted to the regionwide limits Aug. 31. The bag and possession limits within this area is two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length for all residents. Nonresident anglers are limited to one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length per day. In addition, all nonresident anglers are limited to three king salmon annually. Any king salmon harvested by a nonresident angler must be recorded on the back of their sport-fishing license or on a harvest record card if they are not required to have a license (for example, children under the age of 16). These are the same bag and possession limits that apply to the rest of the region. The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that heading and filleting king and coho salmon is prohibited prior to returning to your port. However, gutting and gilling is allowed. Once you return to port, you may head and/or fillet your catch at a cleaning table or on your vessel after tying up at your slip. This restriction allows our creel survey crew at the docks to examine intact salmon for evidence of coded wire tags and to collect heads from tagged salmon.

For further information concerning sport fishing opportunities or regulations in the Juneau area, please call the Division of Sport Fish at (907) 465-4270.

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