Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
August 10, 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.
- New! Emergency Order 2-RS-4-49-20 reopens sport fishing for sockeye salmon in the Saltery River drainage effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
- Saltery is reopening for sockeye fishing Tuesday, August 11, 2020. See Emergency Order 2-RS-4-49-20. More than 10,000 sockeye salmon have been counted in the last week due to increase water levels in the river. There are still sockeye in the river but also lots of pinks and fishing is likely to be slower still.
- Pasagshak is still getting some sockeye too with more coming in every day, its likely a coho or two will be seen this early as it is usually one of the first rivers to get a few fish in August.
- After the last rain, nearly all local rivers have pinks in them with most offering bright fish near the intertidal zones. Hot spots are Olds and Buskin right now.
- There have been a few reports of coho showing up in Afognak streams but no reports of many caught yet. Most Afognak streams have lots of pinks in them as well and coho runs are a little later than last year.
- Coho fishing in the saltwater was slow over the weekend with most reporting lots of pinks caught. Most effort has been at the Fingers, North of Buoy 4.
- King fishing has been slow but likely due to the volume of pinks out there right now. More ‘off-shore’ areas like Cape Greville and Ugak Island can often help anglers get away from the pinks for king salmon.
- Halibut and lingcod are being caught readily and limits are easy to find right now. Anglers report lots of lingcod being caught in areas close to shore lately. Both species can be caught in places like Kalsin and Williams reefs and Kodiak Rocks.
- ADF&G recently started stocking Dolgoi Lake on Long Island again after several years without stocking. These fish will get to a ‘catchable’ size of 12-14” in about three years. There are still other rainbows in the lake from previous stocking and natural spawning, and it can make for a great day of fishing in a slightly more remote spot than other lakes near town.
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.