Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
September 08, 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.
- In the last week, nearly all rivers are seeing decent numbers of coho salmon on the road system and other parts of the island. The rain this weekend will likely mean even more fish moving up river and better fishing.
- Hatchery returns of cohos are showing up in good numbers in Mill Bay and at White Sands and Pillar Creek. Fishing was a little slower over the weekend but now with the recent rain and cooler weather it should pick up. Incoming tides at all three locations seem to be the best time right now.
- Other coho salmon hot spots are the Buskin, Olds, and Pasagshak though fishing was slow last week at times, this week should be better with a new shot of water in the creeks.
- 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 is a great spot right now for saltwater fishing, though remember the bag limit is two inside Monashka Bay.
- Some kings are being picked up at Buoy 3, Chiniak, and Ugak Island right now. There hasn’t been word of any real hot spots, but kings seem to be found more consistently and predictably at these spots right now.
- Halibut fishing has slowed some in the usual spots however, many halibut have likely moved inshore near the mouths of the rivers with large pink salmon runs such as the Buskin, Monashka, and Pillar creeks, and the Olds.
- Lingcod fishing has still been spectacular with fish being caught on nearly every rockpile and structure in the Chiniak Bay area. The usual spots are Kodiak Rocks and Williams and Kalsin reefs.
- If you’ve already had your fill of coho for the year, try checking out some great rainbow fishing out the road. Two good late-season lakes are Bull on Pasagshak Point and East Twin at Fossil Beach.
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.