PUBLISHED: 4:59 PM on Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Weekly fish report from Alaska Department of Fish & Game
King salmon have moved into local waters and are being caught at the traditional fishing spots: Picnic Cove/Outer Point, Breadline, & Tee Harbor. According to the first week of our creel survey, the Picnic Cove/Outer Point area was the most productive, followed by the Breadline. Last week, it took the average Juneau area marine boat angler 60-rod hours to land a king. This was close to last year's time of 53-rod hours per king. The five-year average is 37 hours per fish. King salmon fishing will improve in the coming weeks, and should peak around Memorial Day. Remember, anglers must have in possession a 2005 fishing license and a king salmon stamp

The new sport fishing regulations for King Salmon will be in effect from April 25 through June 30, 2005 in the salt waters of Sections 11-A and 11-B. During this time and in this area, sport-fishing regulations will be as follows:

• Sport fishing for king salmon may be conducted with the use of 2 lines (rods) per angler. The normal 6-line limit per boat remains in effect.

• Charter operators and crew members may not retain king salmon when clients are onboard.

• The bag and possession limit will be three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.

• King salmon caught by nonresidents will not count toward the nonresident annual limit.

In addition, the area of upper Taku Inlet normally closed to sport fishing for king salmon from April 16 through June 14 will be open to sport fishing for king salmon. The fresh waters of Taku River will remain closed to sport fishing for king salmon.

For areas outside of 11-A and 11-B the resident sport angler daily king salmon bag and possession limit is two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, with no annual limit. Non-resident anglers are limited to one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length per day, with an annual limit of three king salmon.

The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that heading and filleting king and coho salmon is prohibited prior to returning to your port unless the fish has been preserved or consumed on board. However, gutting and gilling is allowed. Once you return to port, you may head and/or fillet your catch at a cleaning table or on your vessel. 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.

Please consult your sport fishing regulation booklet for further specifics on roadside regulations and fisheries in the Juneau area.

For further information concerning sport fishing opportunities or regulations in the Juneau area, please call the Division of Sport Fish at (907) 465-4270.