Area Sport Fishing Reports
Kodiak/Alaska Peninsula

fish Scales Season Text
Kodiak Sport Fish Management Area
King Salmon
Ayakulik River

The king salmon run fell below the Biological Escapement Goal (BEG) of 4,800 - 8,400 fish with a weir count of 2,402 king salmon. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 20, 2020, which is similar to historical run timing. The Ayakulik River king salmon run has seen declines since 2006 and was designated as a stock of concern by the Board of Fisheries in 2020. The escapement objectives have been met some years; however, in the most recent years the escapement objectives have not been meet. In many years, a significant portion of the estimated daily fish passage numbers occurs during the king salmon run when the weir is flooding.

Management Actions

A preseason emergency order effective June 1, 2020, closed king salmon fishing on the Ayakulik River drainage and only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure was allowed.

Table 1. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Ayakulik River king salmon fishery, 2020.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 4,800-8,400
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 2,402
Preliminary Escapement 2,402
 
Karluk River

The king salmon run was within the BEG of 3,000 - 7,000 fish with a weir count of 3,344 king salmon. This is the third consecutive year and the sixth time in the last ten years the run has been within the BEG. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 30, 2020, which is later than historical run-timing. The Karluk River has been not been open to the harvest of king salmon since 2007 and sport fishing for king salmon has been entirely closed since 2008.

Management Actions

A preseason emergency order effective June 1, 2020, closed the Karluk River drainage to sport fishing for king salmon and only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure was allowed.

Table 2. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Karluk River king salmon fishery, 2020.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 3,000 to 6,000
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 3,344
Preliminary Escapement 3,344
 
Chignik River

The king salmon run fell just below the BEG of 1,300 - 2,700 fish with a weir count of 1,278 king salmon and was similar to the previous three years where the Chignik River has seen small returns of both king salmon and sockeye salmon. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 18, 2020, which is similar to historical run timing.

Management Actions

On July 18, 2020, the Chignik River was closed to king salmon fishing and only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure was allowed.

Table 3. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Chignik River king salmon fishery, 2020.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 1,300-2,700
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest TBD
Weir Count 1,278
Preliminary Escapement 1,078
 
Nelson River

The 2020 weir for king salmon was 1,998 fish and a post weir aerial survey of 300 fish is included in the preliminary escapement estimate of 2,298. This is just below the BEG of 2,400 - 4,400 salmon and much less than last years’ count of over 11,000. There is no retention in this fishery throughout the season based on regulations enacted in 2011. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 3, 2020, which is earlier than historical run timing.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery.

Table 4. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Nelson River king salmon fishery, 2020.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 2,400 to 4,400
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 1,998
Preliminary Escapement 2,289
 
Stocked Kodiak Road System Streams

Each year the Olds River, American River, and Salonie Creek are stocked with up to 80,000 king salmon smolt. The stocked Kodiak road system streams had very low returns this year and there was little harvest in this fishery for the fourth year in a row. Returns to the Olds River produced some early king salmon that were caught in Kalsin Bay and the lower Olds River, but much fewer than expected. No fish were observed at the American River or reported harvested. Salonie Creek also had just a couple fish return and very few harvested. Egg take goals were not met this year. To compensate for this shortfall, coho salmon will be stocked to supplement king salmon production. The 2020 king salmon egg take spawned just two pairs which should produce about 10,000 smolt, though this is far short of the goal to release 200,000 king salmon smolt. Coho salmon will be taken again from Pillar Creek in early November to supplement this shortfall.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Sockeye Salmon
Karluk River

The early sockeye salmon run fell within the BEG of 150,000-250,000 fish with a weir count of 157,441 sockeye salmon. Little harvest occurs upstream of the weir and escapement is likely equal to the weir count. Harvest of sockeye salmon by anglers on the Karluk River is minimal compared to the size of the run but it remains one of the larger sockeye salmon sport fisheries on Kodiak.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery.

Ayakulik River

The early sockeye salmon run fell within the BEG of 140,000 - 280,000 fish with a weir count of 220,935 sockeye salmon. Harvest of sockeye salmon by anglers on the Ayakulik River is minimal compared to the size of the run but it is one of the larger sockeye salmon sport fisheries on Kodiak.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery.

Dog Salmon (Frazer) River

The sockeye salmon run fell within the BEG of 75,000 - 170,000 fish with a count of 137,570 sockeye salmon at the Frazer Lake fish pass where escapement estimates are derived. Harvest of sockeye salmon by anglers on the Dog Salmon River downstream of the fish pass is minimal compared to the size of the run but it is also one of the larger sockeye salmon sport fisheries on Kodiak.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Buskin River

The sockeye salmon run was within the BEG of 5,000 - 8,000 fish with a weir count of 7,739 sockeye salmon. No harvest occurs upstream of the weir which is located just downstream from Buskin Lake and escapement is equal to the weir count. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 24, 2020, which is later than historical run timing.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Saltery Cove

The sockeye salmon run was within the BEG of 15,000 - 35,000 fish with a weir count of 24,987 sockeye salmon. No harvest occurs upstream of the weir and escapement is equal to the weir count. The mid-point of the run occurred on August 5, 2020, which is much later than historical run timing. This is the largest freshwater sport fishery on Kodiak by harvest for a single stock. The 2020 run was similar to the 2018 and 2019 runs and late run timing due to low water conditions necessitated restrictions in sport and subsistence fisheries for part of the season.

Management Actions

On July 25, 2020, the sockeye salmon limits were reduced to two per day and in possession in the Saltery River drainage.

On August 1, 2020, the Saltery River drainage was closed sockeye salmon fishing.

On August 11, 2020, the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits were restored to five fish.

Pasagshak River

The sockeye salmon run was above the lower bound Sustainable Escapement Goal (SEG) of 3,000 fish with a weir count of 3,522 sockeye salmon. No harvest occurs upstream of the weir and escapement is equal to the weir count. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 22, 2020, which is similar to historical run timing.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Afognak (Litnik) River

The sockeye salmon run was within the BEG of 20,000 - 50,000 fish with a weir count of 24,284 sockeye salmon. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 22, 2020, and was later than historical run timing.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Coho Salmon
Buskin River - Preliminary Summary

The BEG for Buskin River coho salmon is 4,700 - 9,600 fish and the 2020 weir count was 630 as of September 21, 2020. Although the weir project usually runs through the end of September, beginning September 22, the weir was out for the remainder of the season due to high water. Escapement estimates will be available at a later date.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Olds River - Preliminary Summary

The lower bound SEG for Olds River coho salmon is 500 fish and the 2020 run is ongoing. The 2020 run is expected to be above the range and the run appears to be strong, though the Olds River was also affected by low water conditions through mid-September. The latest drone survey showed that there were significant schools of fish in many of the pools in the lower river. The Olds River coho salmon run is assessed via in season drone surveys and post season foot surveys. Final escapement estimates will be documented via post season foot surveys in late October or November.

Management Actions

On September 16, 2020, the bag and possession limits of two coho salmon wasextended in the Olds, Pasagshak, and American rivers.

American River - Preliminary Summary

The lower bound SEG for American River coho salmon is 400 fish and the 2020 run is ongoing. The 2020 run is expected to be above the range and the run appears average to be strong so far. The latest drone survey observed a large number of coho salmon in the lower river. The American River coho salmon run is assessed via in season drone surveys and post season foot surveys. Final escapement estimates will be documented via post season foot surveys in late October or November.

Management Actions

On September 16, 2020, the bag and possession limits of two coho salmon was extended in the American, Olds, and Pasagshak rivers.

Pasagshak River - Preliminary Summary

The lower bound SEG for Pasagshak River coho salmon is 1,200 fish and the 2020 run is ongoing. The 2020 run is expected to be above the range and recent observations indicate a strong run. The latest drone survey showed several large schools of coho salmon in Lake Rose Tead. The Pasagshak River coho salmon run is assessed via in season drone surveys and post season foot surveys. Final escapement estimates will be documented via post season foot surveys in November.

Management Actions

On September 16, 2020, the bag and possession limits of two coho salmon was extended in the Pasagshak, American, and Olds rivers.

See the printable PDF version, which includes a table of Region II Escapement Goals and Escapements (2010-2020).