Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 15, 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 News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- 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. In addition, only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used in the Karluk River drainage below Karluk Lake including the lagoon and its outlet stream.
- 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. In addition, only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used in the Ayakulik River drainage.
- Litnik had a push of sockeye salmon over the weekend and fish are being caught regularly by anglers on incoming tides. Fish have been moving upstream quickly.
- Buskin had few fish pass through the weir this weekend. Fishing is slow, but sockeyes are being caught at the Pumphouse Hole and downstream of the weir. Several hundred fish are holding below the weir. Counts at Litnik and the Buskin are still lower than expected.
- Fishing for Dollies near river mouths and local beaches is a great family activity right now. Check out the Buskin River mouth, Pillar Creek mouth, or Mission Beach for good Dolly Varden fishing.
- King salmon fishing has been slow, with a few fish being caught at Ugak Island, Kalsin Bay, and Buoy 4.
- Halibut fishing has been steady with fish caught in the usual spots of Kodiak Rocks, between Woody and Long islands, Chiniak, and Kalsin Bay.
- Lingcod and Pacific cod are being caught regularly. Lingcod opens for sport harvest on July 1 with a limit of two fish per day.
- Twin Lakes, at the end of the road by Fossil Beach, is a great spot to fish for stocked rainbows. Fish can be caught on small spinners or fly fishing tackle. With waters warming up, rainbows will be more active.
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.