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Kodiak Management Area
Fishing Management

Remote Zone

The Kodiak Remote Zone, which includes the remainder of the island outside the road system, provides excellent opportunities for all five species of Pacific salmon as well as Dolly Varden and steelhead trout. Most visitors are looking for chinook , silver, and red salmon as well as steelhead trout. The remote zone is served almost exclusively by small aircraft and boats. Many remote zone streams have a greater flow, less brush and debris, making them better suited for watercraft access.

The earliest remote zone salmon runs do not occur until early June. Consequently, few if any remote-based fish guiding services are in operation before then. Because of a relatively high demand for guided fishing services in the remote zone, it is advisable to make arrangements six months to a year in advance of trip dates. Lodging accommodations should also be made well in advance of planned trip dates. Most anglers use one of Kodiak's many small aircraft charter services, or arrange air travel in advance with the lodge owner or guide service.

The majority of anglers use one of Kodiak's many small charter services. Air travel should be arranged in advance with the lodge owner or guide service.

Road System

Kodiak Island road system is defined as all fresh waters of Kodiak Island east of a line from Craig Point south to the westernmost point of Saltery Cove, including freshwaters of Woody, Long and Spruce islands, as well as all saltwater bordering the road system within one mile of Spruce and Kodiak islands. The road system has approximately 70 miles of paved and hard-packed gravel roads crossing 10 significant streams and provides access to over 20 stocked lakes. A 13-mile gravel road leading to Saltery Cove requires 4-wheel-drive or use of an ATV.

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Alaska Peninsula

Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Island chain cover a vast area with numerous rivers and lakes, many which are unnamed. The area is remote, expensive to get there, weather can be extreme and the beauty, wildlife and fishing are spectacular. All five species of Pacific salmon return to some of systems on the Peninsula as do steelhead, wild rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, grayling and artic char may also be found. Access to these areas is expensive, and few services are generally available. Many anglers wishing to experience fishing in this area usually contact a guide service.

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