Area Sport Fishing Reports
June 25, 2019
Week of June 24 - June 30
- Both Buskin and Litnik have met or come very close to achieving sockeye salmon escapement goals but are still well below average. Fishing for sockeye has picked up in the last week significantly but it’s not likely that either river will have liberalized bag limits this season. Both runs are also past their peak and fishing will taper off through the month of July.
- Both Saltery and Pasagshak sockeye salmon runs are off to a slow start for weir counts but anglers have been catching fish in both locations already. It’s very early in these runs as they typically peak in mid to late July.
- No reports of kings at the American and Olds rivers, or Salonie Creek have come in yet, though some mature kings have been caught in Kalsin Bay that are almost surely hatchery fish. Fish should be coming in with the tides right now and schooling in near shore saltwaters, particularly at Kalsin Beach. Large pixies and vibrax spinners are the usual lure of choice for fishing kings from shore.
- Dolly Varden fishing is fantastic right now, particularly near river mouths but also along most local beaches. The mouth of the Buskin, Russian, and Olds are good places to find dollies right now and provide easy fishing access for kids.
- King salmon fishing has slowed down in the last several days. Previously Kalsin Bay and Ugak Island were excellent but seem to have slowed a bit. King fishing can be unpredictable though so it may pick right back up any day.
- Coho salmon should be starting to move into waters closer to shore. Typically, cohos are caught near Buoys 3 and 4, and Ugak Island beginning the last week of June. Several reports indicate lots of pink salmon in these locations so cohos may be harder to find.
- Halibut fishing has been steady by most reports, with fish caught in the usual spots of Buoy 4, Outer Humpback, Triple Lumps, and Williams Reef.
- Don’t forget about our stocked lakes right in town. Abercrombie, Lilly, Island, and Dark lakes all provide easy access right in the City of Kodiak for rainbow trout fishing!
Please review the Emergency Orders and News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-24-19 closed the Ayakulik River to king salmon fishing and only one, unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure is allowed.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-08-19 closed the Karluk River drainage to king salmon fishing and only one, unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure is allowed.
For additional information, please contact the Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.