Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
August 31, 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 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020.
- Coho salmon are showing up in most local rivers now, though the water is still fairly low even with the rain this weekend. Look to the estuaries and beaches near road system rivers for the best fishing right now.
- Hatchery returns of cohos are showing up in Mill Bay and at White Sands and Pillar Creek. Fishing was reported as really good over the weekend despite the weather.
- Coho runs on Afognak are probably past their peak in the bays/lagoons though once we get some rain, the lakes on Afognak will be really good fishing. Large pink runs and warm weather have made fishing slower than last year, though there are still lots of fish around.
- Pink runs are winding down in most places and fish are spawning now. Pinks are still coming in the rivers, but bright ones are few and far between.
- For a fun, catch-and-release fishing trip, keep an eye out for chum salmon. There have been many reports of very large chums in the Buskin, Salonie, and the Olds. They are awesome fighters and very fun on a fly rod.
- Coho are still being found in saltwaters near Buoy 4 and other locations though many fish are heading for freshwaters now and fishing will likely slow down as September progresses. Monashka Bay tends to be a great spot in September but remember the limit is two coho inside Monashka Bay.
- There hasn’t been much word on king salmon lately, but the hot spots have been Cape Greville and Ugak Island for much of the summer.
- Halibut and lingcod fishing continue to be strong with halibut being caught in waters less than 50 ft near river mouths with some regularity as they follow the pink salmon in close to shore. Lingcod are being caught on just about every rockpile right now and fish are being landed from 10 to 50 lbs.
- Our most accessible stocked lake is Abercrombie or Gertrude Lake in the Ft. Abercrombie State Park between Mill Bay and Monashka Bay. There are at least three trails that access the lake, one of which is within 100 yards of the road. There is also a trail that nearly follows the shoreline around the circumference of the lake and provides a host of spots to try for rainbows. Fishing from a float tube, kayak, or other boat is also a great option.
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.