Fish report

Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2003

Coho salmon fishing in the Juneau area continues to be above average. In the most recent creel survey it took anglers three hours to land a coho. Last year it took an average of four hours to land a silver. The five-year average is five hours. The hotspots for coho were Point Salisbury, the drag from Cordwood Creek to Point Retreat, and North Pass.

King salmon fishing continues to decline in the Juneau area. Last survey, it took an average of 316 hours to land a keeper. The five-year average is 209 hours, while last year it took 125 hours to land a chinook. The few kings being caught are mostly coming from the back side of Douglas Island.

Halibut fishing is rapidly dropping off. Last survey, it took an average of 38 hours to land a halibut. The five-year average catch rate for halibut is 14 hours. During the same week last year, we didn't have any halibut recorded in our survey.

Roadside anglers can find coho in Montana Creek and near the DIPAC salmon hatchery. Coho salmon fishing also can be good along the shore around Point Louisa, as schools of coho migrate past on their way to freshwater streams.

Consult your sport fishing regulation booklet for further specifics on roadside regulations and fisheries in the Juneau area, or call the Division of Sport Fish at 465-4270.

• Provided by Bruce White of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Sport Fish.

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