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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Area Sport Fishing Reports

September 16, 2015

Kodiak Area

Week of September13 to September 19
Issued September 14, 2015

Emergency Orders and regulation reminders

The bag limit for sockeye salmon is increased from 5 to 10 fish in the Karluk and, Ayakulik River drainages.

Fresh waters


Silver (coho) salmon continued to be caught last week along Kalsin Bay beach and also in the lower Buskin and American rivers. Warm temperatures and an ongoing lack of rainfall continues to impede inriver migrations of silver salmon. Silver fishing is reportedly remains good at Pasagshak but very poor in other Kodiak road zone streams.
Department of Fish and Game counting weirs on the Karluk and Olga (Upper Station) rivers are still operating to count returns of late run sockeye salmon. Weir operations on the Buskin River are focused on returning silver salmon.
Pink salmon fishing is effectively over in near shore salt waters and in most Kodiak road zone streams.
Updated daily counts for Kodiak salmon counting weirs are available to anglers at .

 Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling

Dolly Varden are currently present in large numbers in most Kodiak freshwater drainages. During September Dollies are typically caught in the Olds, American and Salonie rivers.

Lake Fishing

September is an excellent time to fish rainbow trout in the stocked lakes along the Kodiak road zone. Look for rainbows in pockets of deeper water as lake surface water temperatures begin to cool. No reports of stocked rainbow trout fishing were received by the Kodiak office during the past week.

Salt waters


No recent reports of halibut fishing have been received by the Kodiak Sport Fish Office, although within the last 2 weeks Whale Pass and Buoy #4 were still reported as excellent locations for halibut.


Silver salmon trolling remains excellent during the past week. Gibson Cove, Whale Pass and the Near Island Channel are still reported as excellent locations for silvers.
No reports on local king salmon trolling were received by the department during the past week. Saltwaters king salmon harvests typically peak for the year during late July and early August.

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 man-made structures. Rockfish are also frequently caught from shore at locations such as the outer reaches of White Sand beach and the breakwater barrier shielding St. Paul Harbor.
Lingcod season opened on July 1.