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Coho fishing in the Juneau area improved slightly over the previous week, taking an average of four hours to put a silver in the boat. The five-year average is five hours, which was also how long it took to land a silver during the previous week. Last year during the same week, it also took five hours to land a silver. Overall, coho fishing in the Juneau area can be called average in comparison to previous years. The coho hotspots last week continued to be: Cordwood Creek to Point Retreat, North Pass, and the back side of Douglas Island.
The number of rod hours it took to land a king salmon dipped slightly to 154 hours per fish, compared to the previous weeks 163 hours per keeper. The five-year average for catching a keeper king salmon is 217 hours. The kings being picked up are feeders, which are pretty deep and can be found behind Douglas Island. Those fishing for silvers in the North Pass area are also picking up a few kings. The daily bag and possession limit for king salmon in most of Southeast waters is one fish 28 inches or greater in length.
While most anglers were trolling for salmon, those that pursued halibut spent an average of nine hours to land a fish, which is one hour longer than it took the previous week. The five-year average is seven hours and last year it took 14 hours to harvest the flatfish. Once again, most of the halibut were caught from the waters around Vanderbilt Reef and Benjamin Island. Early fall storms resulting in small craft advisories throughout the weekend likely kept most anglers from venturing out to Icy Strait.
Roadside anglers can find chums, pinks and coho in Montana Creek and near the DIPAC salmon hatchery. Coho salmon fishing can also be good along the shore around Point Louisa, as schools of coho migrate past on their way to freshwater streams.
Personal use king crab harvest in the Juneau area increased slightly over the previous week. You must have a permit in your possession while pulling pots. The daily limit is two legal sized male king crab per person. The season limit is 10 crab per person and 20 per household.
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