Anglers seeking coho salmon in the most recent survey experienced an average catch rate of three hours per fish. Last year it took an average of four hours to land a silver. The five-year average is also four hours. The hot spots for coho were Outer Point and Lena Point.
Halibut fishing continued its seasonal decline. Last week it took an average of 13 hours to land the flatfish. The five-year average is 13 hours. Last year, the average angler fished for 20 hours before landing a halibut. The halibut hot spots are Icy Strait and Vanderbilt Reef.
King salmon fishing also is experiencing a seasonal decline in the Juneau area. It took an average of 235 hours to land a keeper. The five-year average is 509 hours, while last year it took 1,203 hours to land a chinook at this time of year. The few kings being harvested are mostly coming from the backside of Douglas Island and North Pass.
Roadside anglers can find chums, pinks and coho in Montana Creek and near the DIPAC salmon hatchery. Coho salmon fishing can be good along the shore around Point Louisa, as schools of coho migrate past on their way to freshwater streams.
The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that heading and filleting king and coho salmon is prohibited prior to returning to 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, call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.