Once again, no kings surveyed

Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Last week, no king salmon were encountered by the survey, following suit with the same period last year when no kings were reported.

The five-year average for king salmon fishing around Juneau is 118 rod-hours per fish.

The salmon fishing effort was down last week, but those who fished for coho did better than the prior week, taking 11 rod-hours per fish to havest a coho. Last year at this time, no cohos were encountered. The five-year average for coho fishing is six rod-hours. Not enough fish were caught to calculate hot spots for coho.

Halibut harvest rates were worse last week, taking 90 rod-hours to harvest a halibut. The prior year, no halibut were encountered and the five-year average was at 10 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.

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.

The emergency order prohibiting the filleting and de-heading of king and coho salmon, lingcod or nonpelagic rockfish ended Sept. 28.

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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