Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
May 04, 2020
* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by following and reviewing the current State of Alaska Health Mandates in effect. This includes practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing and wearing a face covering when fishing and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 010.
* The Alaska Board of Fisheries adopted several proposals establishing new sport fish regulations for Kodiak Island, Alaska Peninsula, and Aleutian Islands at the Kodiak January 2020 meeting and the Anchorage March 2020 meeting. Please see the 2020 Southwest Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet for a complete summary of the Kodiak and Aleutian Islands sport fisheries regulations.
- Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-RF-4-12-20 reduced the nonresident rockfish bag and possession limits on the eastside of Afognak and Kodiak islands from Big Fort Island near Shuyak Island to Dangerous Cape on Kodiak Island through 11:59 pm. Thursday, December 31, 2020.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-11-20 closed the Karluk River drainage including the lagoon and its outlet stream to king salmon fishing through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-10-20 closed the Ayakulik River drainage to king salmon fishing through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020.
- Dolly Varden are starting to move around and migrate out of local lakes and wintering areas, Buskin Lake typically is the first spot to find them. Small spinners or leech flies are a good bet to catch Dollies right now.
- Steelhead trout have been spotted in a few local drainages with Buskin being the most popular, they are starting to move around and head towards spawning areas, but most reports of steelhead are still from Buskin Lake. Most anglers are using fly fishing gear with beads for steelhead trout right now.
- Remember, in all freshwater of the Kodiak Road Zone, including the Buskin Drainage, steelhead and rainbow trout are catch-and-release only except in lakes that are currently stocked.
- King salmon fishing has been up and down so far this spring with occasional fish being caught in Kalsin Bay and Buoy 4.
- Halibut fishing has been slowly picking up with reports of a few fish being caught in waters less than 200 feet near town at Buoy 4, the north of Long Island, and in Kalsin Bay.
- Rockfish bag limits have been reduced to three pelagic rockfish per day for nonresident anglers only for much of the eastside of Kodiak Island and Afognak Island. Bag limits for resident anglers remain the same this season, with a total bag limit of five rockfish per day but only three per day inside Chiniak and Marmot bays. Nonpelagic limits remain at two per day with only one being a yelloweye for the whole Island and for all anglers.
- Rainbow trout fishing typically picks up in early May as waters warm in our stocked lakes. Look to lower elevation lakes such as Abercrombie, East Twin, Dragonfly, and Horseshoe to be most productive right now, with small spinners or leech flies being common tackle.
Don’t forget to bring your 2020 sport fishing license! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2020 sport fishing license through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review Emergency Orders and the 2020 Southwest Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.