PUBLISHED: 4:17 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Fish report from ADF&G
Last week the hotspots for king salmon fishing were the Breadline and False Outer Point. King salmon were also reported caught at Taku Inlet and Pt. Retreat. Last week it took the average Juneau area marine boat angler 81-rod hours to land a king salmon. The five-year average is 39 hours per fish. Last year it took 45 hours to land a keeper. Fishing should continue to improve in the upcoming weeks and traditionally will peak around Memorial Day. You must have a 2005 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.

The Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that heading and filleting king and coho salmon is prohibited prior to returning to port. 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.

In accordance with sport fishing regulations, if your king salmon is coded wire tagged and sampled by an ADF&G creel survey technician, you must forfeit the head and give the date and area you caught the fish. If you want to enter your fish in the spring king salmon derby, make arrangements with the sampler to return the head after it has been officially weighed.

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 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.

From May 3 - August 30, 2005, for areas outside of 11-A and 11-B, the resident sport angler daily king salmon bag and possession limit is now three 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 five king salmon.