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June 18, 2014
Week of June 15 to June121
Issued June 16, 2014
Emergency Orders and regulation reminders
• Effective June 1, in the Ayakulik River drainage, king salmon sport fishing is restricted to a daily bag limit of one fish and an annual limit of two.
• Effective June 1, in the Karluk River drainage, including Karluk Lagoon, sport fishing for king salmon is restricted to catch and release only. All king salmon caught must be released without being removed from the water. In addition, the use of bait is prohibited for all sport fishing downstream of Karluk Lake.
• The 2014 Chignik River king salmon fishery will start with a bag and possession limit of one king salmon 20 inches or greater in length, and an annual limit of two fish.
• Marine boat anglers returning to any port on the Kodiak road system from May 31 - August 31 may not fillet, mutilate, or de-head king salmon until they have been brought to shore and offloaded, unless the fish have been consumed or preserved on board.
• Effective June 5, the Afognak River sockeye salmon bag limit is increased to 10 fish per day and 10 in possession.
• Effective June 12, the Ayakulik River sockeye salmon bag limit is increased to 10 fish per day and 10 in possession.
• Effective June 13, the Karluk River sockeye salmon bag limit is increased to 10 fish per day and 10 in possession.
• Department of Fish and Game counting weirs on the Buskin, Afognak, Karluk and Ayakulik rivers are now in operation to count returns of sockeye salmon. King salmon returns will also be counted at Karluk and Ayakulik weirs. Current escapement goals for these two runs are 3,000 – 6,000 and 4,000-7,000 fish, respectively. The current Buskin River sockeye salmon escapement goal is 5,000-8,000 fish.
• In anticipation of relatively poor returns in 2014, sport fishing for king salmon Karluk River drainage (including Karluk Lagoon) is restricted to catch and release only. In addition, the use of bait for all sport fishing is prohibited downstream of Karluk Lake. As of June 15 only237 king salmon had passed through the Karluk River weir.
• Poor returns are also expected this year for the Ayakulik and Chignik rivers king salmon runs. Consequently, king salmon sport fishing is restricted at both rivers to a daily bag limit of one fish over 20”, and an annual limit of two. Just 277 king salmon have been counted at the Ayakulik weir as of June 15.
• Relatively healthy returns are anticipated for the Kodiak Road Zone’s Buskin River sockeye salmon run, which usually peaks during mid-June, and in the last 10 years has averaged about 15,000 fish. The daily bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon within the Kodiak Road Zone is two fish. Through June 15 more than 7,100 sockeye have been counted at the Buskin River weir
• The current Afognak River sockeye salmon escapement goal is 20,000 – 55,000 fish. Afognak River weir has counted over 24,000 sockeye salmon as of June 15. As of June 5 the bag limit for sockeye is increased to 10 fish per day and 10 in possession.
• Strong early runs to sockeye salmon to the Karluk and Ayakulik River drainages have resulted in bag limit increases for anglers to 10 fish per day and in possession.
• Anglers can find daily updated Kodiak salmon weir counts at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCounts/ .
Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling
• Dolly Varden have left their over-winter fresh waters. Some Dollies are currently being caught along beaches at Pillar and Monashka creeks and Mission Lake. By late June, Dolly Varden should be available in salt waters near most rivers along the Kodiak road system, the beaches of Roslyn and Myrtle creeks being two favorite locations for local anglers.
• June is an excellent time to fish rainbow trout in the stocked lakes along the Kodiak road zone, as during and shortly after ice-out the fish travel shoal areas in search of food. It’s always a good idea to check water temperatures, as fish will be more active in warmer lakes. Although ADF&G currently stocks only sterile juvenile trout, some lakes with a stocking history dating to the 1950s may also contain spawning populations of adult fish.
• Halibut fishing has reportedly been steady during the past weekend should get progressively better through this month.
• Trolling for Chinook (king) salmon in Kodiak’s marine waters has become very popular in recent years. Kings can be fished successfully year-round, though fishing tends to be spotty and difficult to predict. Recent reports indicate that trollers are still catching fish, some at Buoy #4 and others in Kalsin Bay.
• Hatchery kings are also beginning to show in Monashka Bay waters, with anglers reporting a few fish caught so far by wading and casting from White Sands beach.
• Other well-known trolling spots along the road system are Cape Chiniak and the deeper waters on both sides of Long Island. Kodiak king salmon average 20 pounds, but fish up to 70 pounds are occasionally caught.
Other salt water fishing
• Black rockfish can currently be caught at depths of 10 fathoms or less near kelp beds along rock pinnacles and other natural or manmade structures. Rockfish are also frequently caught from shore at locations such as the breakwater barrier shielding St. Paul Harbor.
• Anglers are reminded that the lingcod season does not open until July 1.