Coho fishing in the Juneau area improved significantly last week. It took anglers an average of three hours to land a silver. The previous week, it took an average of six hours. The five-year average catch rate for coho salmon is also six hours. Last year at this time, it took 13 hours to put a silver in the boat.
Overall, coho fishing is turning out to be about average in comparison to other years. The coho run is peaking now and the hot spots last week were Point Retreat, North Pass, Lena Point, Outer Point and the waters behind Douglas Island.
Roadside anglers can find coho salmon in Montana Creek and near the DIPAC salmon hatchery. Coho salmon fishing can also be good along the shore around Point Louisa, as schools of coho migrate past on their way to freshwater streams.
No king salmon were sampled at the docks last week, which is not unusual for this time of the year. Fishing is rapidly dropping off, as many folks are hauling their boats out for seasonal maintenance and winterization, while others are choosing to go deer hunting instead of fishing. For those anglers still fishing for kings, the five-year average catch rate for landing a king at this time of year is 208 hours.
Fishing effort for halibut was also down considerably last week. Only about 10 percent of angling effort was directed towards halibut, and there were no halibut sampled at the docks. The five-year average for landing a halibut is 25 hours.
Personal use king crab harvest in the area continues its seasonal decline. This year's personal use king crab harvest is nearly identical to last year's harvest. You must have a permit, available at the Commercial Fisheries front desk in Juneau, to fish for king crab in Section 11-A. This permit must be in your possession while pulling pots or rings. The daily bag and possession limit is two legal-sized male king crab per person. The seasonal limit is 10 crab per person and 20 per household.