Fish report

Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2003

Coho salmon fishing in the Juneau area continues to be above average. Recently it took Juneau area anglers four hours to land a coho. Last year it took an average of eight hours to land a silver salmon and the five-year average is six hours. Coho salmon are abundant in area waters now. The hotspots were around Lena Point and Point Louisa.

Few anglers are targeting bottomfish, but those who did were very successful. The average harvest rate of halibut in the Department of Fish and Game survey was six hours per flatfish. The hotspot was around Poundstone Rock. The five-year average catch rate for halibut is 455 hours. Halibut didn't show up in the survey last year during the same week.

Creel survey personnel didn't sample king salmon recently, so no hours are available. The five-year average catch rate for king salmon at this time of year is 500 hours.

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

The Juneau-area personal-use red and blue king crab winter season will be open from 12:01 a.m. Oct. 1, 2003, through 11:59 p.m. March 31, 2004, unless closed earlier by 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.

Consult the sport fishing regulation booklet for further specifics on roadside regulations and fisheries in the Juneau area, or call the Division of Sport Fish at (907) 465-4270.

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

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