Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
August 17, 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-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 and Pasagshak are still getting some sockeye but runs are winding down now, and pinks are coming in strong making fishing more difficult. There are still reports of limits being caught on both rivers, but water levels are dropping again, and fishing will likely taper off steadily through August.
- Road system creeks are nearly all having strong pink runs this year. Bright pinks can be found in large numbers at White Sands/Monashka Creek, Pillar Creek, Buskin, Russian Creek, Olds, and the Chiniak creeks. Bright fish will start to get hard to find by the end of the month so now is the time to head out there.
- There are a handful of cohos showing up around the island, but most seem to be in saltwater right now. About 50 have been counted in Buskin and a few have been seen in other road system rivers. The large pink runs are likely shielding some coho salmon from view and easy fishing.
- Coho fishing in saltwater has picked back up again with renewed strength. There was quite a bit of effort this weekend and catches were reported as good. Cohos will start to head towards freshwater any day now but occasionally places like Buoy 4 and Chiniak will see good fishing through September.
- King fishing has been slow but likely due to the volume of other fish around. 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. Lingcod seem to be just about everywhere right now with many anglers reporting catching them in unusual places and having a hard time find anything but lingcod in some spots. Hot lingcod spots are Kodiak Rocks and behind Long Island.
- The lakes on Woody and Long islands offer great summertime fishing. Access can be had by skiff, kayak, inflatable raft, etc. Fishing from shore can be productive in Tanignak on Woody Island and some places on Dolgoi on Long Island but fishing from a boat or float tube is usually more productive in any of these lakes.
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.