Fish report

Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2004

Here's last week's fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Last week, the Juneau area king salmon catch rate of 207 hours per fish was above the five-year average, which is 179 hours per king. Last year during the same week it took 333 hours to land a king salmon. King salmon in our survey were reported from the back side of Douglas Island and Doty's Cove.

Coho catch rates in the Juneau area improved last week. Last week, marine boat anglers put in four hours on average to land a coho. Last year during the same week it took three hours per coho. The five-year average is four hours. Coho salmon were abundant in our survey with the hotspots being North Pass and Lena Point.

Halibut catch rates improved from the previous week. Last week the average marine boat angler put in 14 hours before landing a halibut. During the previous week it took 27 hours. Last year during the same week it took the average angler 38 hours to land a halibut, while the five-year average is 15 hours. Halibut were reported from Funter Bay, False Point Retreat and Vanderbilt Reef.

Roadside anglers can try for coho along the shore at Lena Point as schools of coho migrate to local streams. Other areas for roadside anglers to fish for coho include the shoreline around DIPAC and in Montana creek.

The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that heading and filleting king and coho salmon is prohibited prior to returning to your 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, please call the Division of Sport Fish at (907) 465-4270.

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