Fish Report

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2002

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

King salmon fishing is continuing a seasonal decline in the Juneau area. In the most recent survey, it took an average of 124 hours to land a keeper. The five-year average is 239 hours, while last year it took 126 hours to land a chinook. The few kings being harvested are mostly coming from the backside of Douglas Island and the South Shelter Island area.

Halibut fishing is rapidly dropping off. Creel survey personnel didn't sample any halibut recently so no hours are available. The five-year average catch rate for halibut is 15 hours. Last year, the average angler fished for 40 hours before landing a halibut.

Roadside anglers can find chums, pinks, and 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.

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 the department's creel survey crew at the docks to examine intact salmon for evidence of coded wire tags and to collect heads from tagged salmon.

The Juneau area personal use red and blue king crab winter season will be open from 12:01 a.m. Oct. 1 through 11:59 p.m. March 31 unless closed earlier by an emergency order. The daily bag and possession limits for Section 11-A winter season red and blue king crab personal use fishery will be one legal crab per permit per day. The winter seasonal household limit will be 20 king crab.

Please consult your sport fishing regulation booklet for further specifics on roadside regulations and fisheries in the Juneau area.

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

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