Area Sport Fishing Reports
Kodiak/Alaska Peninsula

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Kodiak Sport Fish Management Area
King Salmon
Ayakulik River

The king salmon run fell below the Biological Escapement Goal (BEG) of 4,800 to 8,400 fish with a weir count of 2,149 salmon. As in 2017, the weir count should be considered a minimum number as high water prompted weir panels to be pulled several times at the peak of the king salmon run. A DIDSON sonar was installed but was only occasionally able to differentiate king salmon from sockeye salmon; therefore, estimates were made using 10-year average counts for the days the weir was out. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 21, 2018, which is similar to historical run-timing.

Management Actions

A preseason emergency order effective June 1, 2018, prohibited the retention of king salmon in the Ayakulik River drainage.

Table 1. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Ayakulik River king salmon fishery, 2018.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 4,800-8,400
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 2,149
Preliminary Escapement 2,149
 
Karluk River

The king salmon run was within the BEG of 3,000 to 7,000 fish with a weir count of 3,154 salmon, which was only the 4th time in the previous 10 years. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 23, 2018, which is similar to 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, 2018, closed the Karluk River drainage to sport fishing for king salmon. In addition, the use of bait was prohibited and only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure was allowed in the Karluk River drainage below Karluk Lake.

Table 2. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Karluk River king salmon fishery, 2018.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 3,000 to 6,000
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 3,154
Preliminary Escapement 3,154
 
Chignik River

The king salmon run fell below the BEG of 1,300 to 2,700 fish with a weir count of 825 salmon and was one of the lowest counts on record similar to early run sockeye salmon in the drainage. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 15, 2018, which is similar to historical run-timing.

Management Actions

On July 13, 2018, the Chignik River drainage closed to sport fishing for king salmon. In addition, the use of bait was prohibited and only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure was allowed.

Table 3. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Chignik River king salmon fishery, 2018.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 1,300-2,700
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest TBD
Weir Count 825
Preliminary Escapement 825
 
Nelson River

The 2018 weir count for king salmon was 5,022 fish. This was above BEG of 2,400 to 4,400 salmon. There is no retention in this fishery throughout the season based on regulations enacted in 2011. The weir count does not include a post-season estimate to be added from fish observed below the weir. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 2, 2018, which is earlier than historical run-timing.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Table 4. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Nelson River king salmon fishery, 2018.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 2,400 to 4,400
Total Catch 0
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 5,022
Preliminary Escapement 5,022
 
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 low returns this year and little harvest in the sport fishery this year. 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. Returns to the American River were also lower than expected though anglers did catch some fish. Salonie Creek had a few more fish return and was the primary collection point for broodstock for the project this season. Though king salmon have not been stocked in Monashka creek in the past three years, this would have been the last year of returns to the creek but no king salmon were seen returning to Monashka Creek. Egg take goals were not met this year. To compensate for this shortfall, extra coho salmon are stocked to supplement king salmon production. The 2018 king salmon egg take spawned 22 pairs which should produce at least 100,000 eggs, though this is well short of the goal to release 200,000 king salmon smolt. Coho salmon will be taken again in early November to supplement this shortfall.

Management Actions

A preseason emergency order effective June 1, 2018, prohibited sport fishing for king salmon in the waters of Monashka Creek drainage and Monashka Bay in order to obtain enough king salmon broodstock to stock the Kodiak road system streams.

Sockeye Salmon
Karluk River

The early sockeye salmon run fell within the BEG of 150,000 to 250,000 fish with a weir count of 198,877 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 2018 sport fishery.

Ayakulik River

The early sockeye salmon run fell within the BEG of 140,000 to 280,000 fish with a weir count of 189,088 salmon. Harvest of sockeye salmon by anglers on the Ayakulik 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 2018 sport fishery.

Buskin River

The sockeye salmon run fell below the BEG of 5,000 to 8,000 fish with a weir count of 4,278 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 July 22, 2018, which is about a month later than historical run-timing. The Buskin River sockeye salmon run followed trends seen in many other systems throughout the state such as Chignik, Afognak, and Copper rivers.

Management Actions

On June 16, 2018, the Buskin River sockeye salmon sport fishery was closed.

Saltery Cove

The sockeye salmon run was within the escapement goal of 15,000 to 35,000 fish with a weir count of 22,845 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 23, 2018, which is slightly later than historical run-timing. This is the largest freshwater sport fishery on Kodiak by angler effort and harvest for a single stock. This fishery had been liberalized annually since 2015 and in most years since weir operation began in 2009; however, the run was somewhat smaller and later than most recent years.

Management Actions

On July 12, 2018, the Saltery Cove drainage sockeye salmon bag and possession limits were reduced to two fish per day and in possession.

On July 31, 2018, the Saltery Cove drainage sockeye salmon bag and possession limits were restored to five fish.

Pasagshak River

The sockeye salmon run came in below the lower bound Sustainable Escapement Goal (SEG) of 3,000 fish with a weir count of 2,019 salmon. No harvest occurs upstream of the weir and escapement is equal to the weir count. This run followed similar trends to the Buskin and many other sockeye salmon runs statewide. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 24, 2018, which is later than historical run-timing. The weir has only been in operation since 2011.

Management Actions

On July 12, 2018, the Pasagshak River drainage sockeye salmon sport fishery was closed.

Afognak River

The sockeye salmon run came in below the BEG of 20,000 to 50,000 fish with a weir count of 17,601 salmon. This is one of the earliest sockeye salmon runs on the island but followed the trends of most other early sockeye runs being late and weak. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 27, 2018, and was later than historical run-timing.

Management Actions

On June 16, 2018, the Afognak River drainage sockeye salmon sport fishery closed.

Coho Salmon
Buskin River

The BEG for Buskin River coho salmon is 4,700 to 9,600 fish and the 2018 run is ongoing. The run is expected to be within the BEG range, but counts are lower than usual due to low water conditions prevalent for much of the season so far. To date, 998 coho salmon have been counted through the weir located about one mile upstream from the river mouth. The weir will be operated through the end of September when coho salmon returns have typically started to wane.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions were implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Olds River

The lower bound SEG for Olds River coho salmon is 1,000 fish and the 2018 run is ongoing. The 2018 run is expected to be above the range and the run appears to be strong, though Olds River has also been affected by low water conditions. The latest drone survey resulted in well over 1,000 coho counted, though sport fishing harvest will occur for a few weeks still. 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 October.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions were implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

American River

The lower bound SEG for American River coho salmon is 400 fish and the 2018 run is ongoing. The 2018 run is expected to be above the range and the run appears average so far. The latest drone survey resulted in approximately 300 coho salmon counted and similar low water conditions are affecting this drainage as well. 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 October.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions were implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Pasagshak River

The lower bound SEG for Pasagshak River coho salmon is 1,200 fish and the 2018 run is ongoing. The 2018 run is expected to be above the range and recent observations indicate a strong run. The latest drone survey resulted in more than 1,200 coho salmon counted, though sport harvest will continue for a few weeks. 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 22, 2018, the coho salmon bag and possession limits, 20 inches or greater in length, were increased to two fish in the Pasagshak River drainage.

See the printable PDF version, which includes a table of Region II Escapement Goals and Escapements (2008-2018).