Fish report

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 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 was 230 hours per fish. This is considerably better than the five-year average, which is 714 hours per king. The king salmon were reported from the back side of Douglas Island. Last year during the same week we didn't see any chinook salmon during our survey.

Coho catch rates in the Juneau area dropped slightly last week. Last week, marine boat anglers put in five hours on average to land a coho. Last year during the same week it took four hours per coho. The five-year average is also five hours. Coho salmon were abundant in our survey with the hotspots being Handtroller's Cove, Outer Point and the back side of Douglas Island.

Halibut catch rates improved from the previous week. Last week the average marine boat angler put in six hours before landing a halibut. The previous week it took 14 hours. Last year during the same week it also took the average angler six hours to land a halibut. The five-year average is 20 hours per flatfish. The halibut in our survey were reported from Icy Strait.

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 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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