Area Sport Fishing Reports
August 19, 2019
Week of August 19 - August 25
- Most local sockeye salmon runs are winding down by now, though there are still some sockeye coming into Pasagshak, Saltery, and even a handful in Buskin. Weirs aimed at counting sockeyes at all 3 locations have been pulled for the season though.
- Coho salmon are showing up in a lot of places around the island, though the warm, dry conditions mean that most will be found in intertidal and nearshore saltwater areas. In addition to a few being caught at Saltery and Pasagshak, anglers are seeing some in Monashka Bay, the Olds and Buskin rivers, and many of the drainages on Afognak Island.
- There are still some bright pinks coming in too. Look to estuaries and saltwaters near river mouths for the brightest fish. Some of the popular areas now are the Buskin, Russian, and Sargent and beaches in Chiniak. They are really fun to catch on flies!
- Few reports of hot king salmon fishing have come in lately. Chiniak seems to be the best spot right now, but there is a fair amount of effort at Ugak Island too.
- Saltwater coho fishing has been good at Chiniak and Ugak but are also being caught closer to town near Buoy, Outer Humpback and between Woody and Long islands. Many folks are choosing to jig rather than troll right now as they seem to be schooled tightly around bait fish.
- Halibut fishing is still good and should be through September, the usual spots are Kodiak Rocks, Chiniak, Triple Lumps, and Buoy 4.
- Lingcod fishing has been really good with Chiniak and Triple Lumps being some of the hot spots.
- There are some cloudy days in the forecast finally so if it cools off the water in our stocked lakes, fishing should improve. A great bet for good fishing in these conditions is Abercrombie Lake.
Please review the Emergency Orders and News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-4-45-19 restores the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Saltery River to 5 per day.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-4-26-19 increases the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Buskin River to 5 per day.
For additional information, please contact the Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.