Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
July 20, 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 Press 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.
- 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.
- Pasagshak and Saltery sockeye runs have seen slower weir counts, but most indications are that there are a fair number of fish built up in the bays nearby. Look for incoming tides and after rain events for the best fishing.
- Buskin and Litnik still have some reds showing up but are tapering off now. Fishing will slow down with pinks starting to show up as well.
- Pinks are showing up at the Buskin and in Chiniak. Early catches indicate very large fish this year and decent schools coming in with each tide.
- Stocked king runs are still very weak. A few fish were seen and caught over the weekend but ADF&G will be out collecting fish for the egg take and fishing isn’t likely to be great from here on out.
- Dolly Varden fishing is great in most local rivers and from the beaches. Hot spots tend to be the American, Salonie, and Buskin.
- King salmon fishing continues to be excellent with lots of fish caught in the last week. Fish have been larger than the usual summertime feeder kings with fish in the 20-35lb range common.
- Silvers are being caught in good numbers as well at Buoys 4 and 3, Chiniak and in Ugak Bay.
- Halibut fishing continues to be steady with fish being caught in shallower water (80-120ft) recently. Fish in the 40-80lb range have been common.
- Lingcod fishing has been excellent lately, with most anglers easily finding lingcod or catching them while fishing for halibut or rockfish or even while trolling.
- There are still rainbows that can be caught on Long Island in Dolgoi Lake even though they have not been stocked for several years. ADF&G will begin restocking this lake this summer as well!
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.