Coho salmon remain steady while chinook prove harder to hook

Halibut harvest stays level locally

Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Coho fishing continues to be good with last week's catch rate at 3-rod hours per fish.

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Last year's rate and the five-year average were also at 3-rod hours per coho.

Coho hot spots were Point Retreat, North Shelter Island, and Outer Point.

No chinook catches were reported on our survey last week. Last year, the catch rate was at 588-rod hours and the five-year average was at 292-rod hours per fish.

For halibut, harvest rates remain steady with an average of 9-rod hours per fish last week. Last year, the average was 8-rod hours per fish with the five-year average at 13-rod hours per halibut. Halibut hot spots were Auke Bay, Homeshore and the back of Douglas Island.

The hatchery terminal harvest area (THA) near Juneau closed on Thursday, August 31, 2006. Therefore king regulations in the THA return to the Regional 2006 sport fishing regulations.

Please consult the sportfishing regulation booklet for further specifics on roadside regulations and fisheries in the Juneau area. News releases can be found on the Web at http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/eonr/index.cfm

The Juneau area (Section 11-A) personal use red and blue king crab summer season began July 1 and harvest permits are available online through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game licensing web page at http://www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license. Summer harvest permits also are available at the Douglas office at 802 Third St. or by calling 465-4250. Before a new permit is issued, however, permits from the 2005 summer and 2005-06 winter seasons must be returned to the department, even if no king crab were harvested.

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



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