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No kings encountered during weekly survey

Coho fishing worsens, halibut improves

Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Last week, no king salmon were encountered during the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's survey of Juneau waters. However, last year during the same time period it took 87 rod-hours to land a king salmon - down drastically from the five-year average of 316 rod-hours per fish.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game reminds anglers that in order to to fish for kings, anglers must possess a 2008 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.

Coho fishing was worse last week, taking 95 rod-hours per fish. Last year's average was 17 rod-hours, up from the five-year average of six rod-hours. Again last week, not enough fish were caught to calculate hot spots for coho.

Halibut were encountered last week. Anglers on average spent 14 rod-hours to harvest a halibut. During the same period in 2007, it took 30 rod-hours. The five-year average is eight rod-hours per halibut.

The 2008 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat were established May 1. The following limits are still in place:

• Alaska residents are entitled to bag and possess one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length with no annual limit.

• Non-residents may bag and possess one king salmon 48 inches or greater in length from July 16 to Sept. 30. From Oct. 1 until Dec. 31, non-residents may bag and possess one king salmon of 28 inches or greater in length.

• Annual limits for non-residents from July 16 through Dec. 31 is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.

Any king salmon 28 inches or greater in length harvested by the non-resident during 2008 are cumulative toward the annual bag limit. For example, if a nonresident harvested three king salmon from Jan. 1-June 30, then the non-resident cannot harvest any more king salmon this year, with the exception being some terminal harvest areas.

Check online or call the sport fish office for the full king salmon regulation. The hatchery terminal harvest area near Juneau is no longer liberalized, therefore normal bag and possession limits apply.

For anglers halibut fishing from a charter vessel in IPHC Area 2C, check the NOAA Web site for bag and possession limits at www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/halibut/charters.htm.

The Department of Fish and Game reminds fishermen that marine boat anglers possessing sport caught king and coho salmon, lingcod or non-pelagic rockfish may not fillet, mutilate or de-head these fish until the fish have been offloaded unless they are preserved or have been consumed onboard. Gutting and gilling is allowed.

Once you offload at port, anglers may head and fillet their catch. This allows the creel survey crew at the docks to check for coded-wire-tags and collect biological information.

Consult the sport fishing regulation booklet for further specifics on regulations. A complete list of news releases can be found on the State of Alaska Sport Fish Web site at www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/eonr/index.cfm or call 465-4270.



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