Coho salmon fishing in the Juneau area continued to be above average at the end of September. Recently, it took Juneau-area anglers four hours to land a coho. Last year it took an average of six hours to land a silver salmon, and the five-year average is nine hours. Coho salmon are abundant in area waters, but the hotspots were around Cordwood Creek and Outer Point.
Few anglers are targeting bottomfish, but those who did continue to be successful. The average harvest rate of halibut in the Department of Fish and Game survey was eight hours per flatfish. The hotspot was around Point Retreat. The five-year average catch rate for halibut is 29 hours, and last year it took an average of 14 hours per halibut.
The catch rate for chinook salmon recently was 69 hours per fish. The five-year average catch rate is 143 hours per chinook. Chinook salmon were not in our survey during the same week last year.
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 a 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.
This is the final Juneau area sport fishing report for 2003.
Provided by Bruce White of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Sport Fish.