Anglers spending fewer hours fishing for king salmon

Time spent catching halibut also down

Posted: Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Last week, on average it took Juneau area marine boat anglers 194 rod hours to harvest a king. Last year at this time, it took 473 rod hours and the five-year average was 352 rod hours per fish. There were no hot spots for last week. Remember, to fish for kings, anglers must have in possession a 2008 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.

Coho fishing was similar to the prior week at nine rod hours per fish. Last year at this time it took seven rod hours and the five year average was at four rod hours. Hot spots for coho were areas around: North Shelter Island, Funter Bay and Point Retreat.

Last week, it took 10 rod hours to harvest a halibut. The prior year it took 16 rod hours and the five-year average was at 12 rod hours per halibut. Anglers had luck at a variety of locations last week, with the hot spots being the areas around the backside of Douglas, west of Lincoln Island, Point Sophia and Barlow.

The 2008 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat will be effective May 1 and are as follows for the coming weeks:

• Alaska residents: bag and possession limit of one kind salmon 28 inches or greater in length; no annual limit.

• Nonresident: daily bag and possession limit of one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length from May 1 to July 15, one king salmon 48 inches or greater in length during July 16-Sept. 30, and back to one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

• Nonresident annual limits are three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length during Jan. 1-June 30, an annual limit of two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length during July 1-15, and an annual limit of one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length during July 16-Dec. 31. Any king salmon 28 inches or greater in length harvested by the nonresident during 2008 are cumulative toward the annual bag limit. For example, if a nonresident harvested three king salmon during Jan. 1-June 30, then the nonresident cannot harvest any more king salmon during 2008 - with the exception being some terminal harvest areas.

Check online or call the sport fish office for the full king salmon regulation.

The hatchery terminal harvest area near Juneau is no longer liberalized; therefore, normal bag and possession limits apply.

For anglers halibut fishing from a charter vessel in IPHC Area 2C please check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Web site for bag and possession limits: alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/halibut/charters.htm.

The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that beginning April 28, marine boat anglers possessing sport caught king and coho salmon, lingcod or non-pelagic rockfish may not fillet, mutilate, or de-head these fish until the fish have been offloaded, unless they are preserved or have been consumed onboard. Gutting and gilling is allowed. Once you offload at port, you may head and/or fillet your catch. This restriction allows our creel survey crew at the docks to check for coded-wire-tags and collect biological information.

Consult your sport fishing regulation booklet for further specifics on regulations. A complete list of news releases can be found on the State of Alaska Sport Fish web site: www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/eonr/index.cfm or call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.



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