The local coho salmon run continues to be strong. During the most recent creel survey, anglers took three hours to land a silver salmon. This compares with four hours last year, which also is the five-year average. Coho salmon are abundant in area waters and the hot spots to fish for them are False Point Retreat, North Pass and the backside of Douglas Island.
Last week it took an average of 180 hours to land a keeper king salmon in the Juneau area. This five-year average is 170 hours. Last year it took 250 hours to land a keeper. The king salmon that are being caught are mostly coming from the backside of Douglas Island, South Shelter Island, North Pass and Couverden.
While approximately 77 percent of angling effort was targeted toward salmon, anglers pursuing halibut had yet another good week of fishing. It took an average of nine hours to land the flatfish. The five-year average is 11 hours, while last year the average angler fished for 19 hours before landing a halibut. Hot spots for halibut last week were Poundstone Rock, Vanderbilt Reef and South Shelter.
The Juneau Area (Section 11-A) personal-use red and blue king crab summer season will close at the end of today. Earlier this summer, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game conducted a king crab stock assessment survey and set the summer personal-use guideline harvest level for the area at 8,100 king crab. Recent creel survey data indicates the summer personal use allocation will be met or exceeded by the closure date.
Provided by Bruce White of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Sport Fish.