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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Area Sport Fishing Reports

August 24, 2015

Kodiak Area

Week of August 23 to August 29

Emergency Orders and regulation reminders

  • 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.
  • The bag limit for sockeye salmon is increased from 2 to 5 fish in the Buskin River drainage and from 5 to 10 fish in the Karluk, Ayakulik, Dog Salmon, Saltery and Afognak River drainages.
  • Sport fishing for sockeye salmon is currently closed in the Pasagshak drainage.

Fresh waters


  • Silver (coho) salmon continued to be caught last week along Kalsin Bay beach and also in the lower Buskin River. Fishing for silvers should also be fair at Monashka, Pillar and Rosyln creek beaches Catches of silvers near local rivers typically increase in mid-August, although a recent lack of rainfall has kept stream levels low, which tends to impede normal inriver silver salmon run timing.
  • Hatchery returns of king salmon to the American and Olds Rivers are now over.
  • Department of Fish and Game counting weirs on the Karluk, Ayakulik, Olga, and rivers are still operating to count returns of late run sockeye salmon. Weir operations on the Buskin River are focused on returning silver salmon. Road accessible sockeye runs are essentially over, though some sockeye may still be caught in Saltery Creek and Buskin River. Due to a historically poor weir count, sport fishing for sockeye salmon is still closed in the Pasagshak River drainage. On July 16 the Saltery River bag limit was increased to 10 fish.
  • Pink salmon fishing remains excellent in near shore salt waters and in most Kodiak road zone streams. In the past week, Kalsin Beach reportedly was an excellent location for catching ocean bright pink salmon.
  • Updated daily counts for Kodiak salmon counting weirs are available to anglers at .

Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling

  • Dolly Varden are present in large numbers in most Kodiak freshwater drainages. Dollies can also still be caught in near shore salt waters along beaches adjacent to most Kodiak freshwaters drainages. Dollies reportedly were caught in the Olds American and Salonie rivers during the past week.

Lake Fishing

  • August is an excellent time to fish rainbow trout in the stocked lakes along the Kodiak road zone. 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. No reports of stocked rainbow trout fishing were received by the Kodiak office during the past week.

Salt waters


  • Halibut fishing reportedly can be good if timing is right, with Whale Pass, ‘Buoy #4’ and the ‘3 Humps’ area north of Long Island recently reported to be the best locations.


  • Silver salmon trolling remains excellent during the past week. Buoy #4, Kalsin Bay, Long Island and Whale Pass are reported to be the best locations.
  • Reports from last week indicate that king salmon trolling was periodically excellent at Whale Pass.
  • King salmon harvest typically peaks for the year during late July and early August.
  • Other well-known king trolling spots along the road system are Cape Gravelle and waters between long and Woody islands.
  • Local hatchery-released king salmon are no longer returning to Kalsin and White Sands beaches.

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.


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