(Released: March 31, 2017)

Division of Sport Fish
Tom Brookover, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Sam Cotten, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Contact: Tyler Polum, Area Management Biologist

Changes to Kodiak Area Sport Fishing Regulations

(Kodiak) The Alaska Board of Fisheries met in Kodiak from January 10 through 13 to hear public comment regarding changes to Kodiak area fisheries. The Board adopted the following regulatory changes for the Kodiak area, which will be in effect for the upcoming season:


In the waters of Chiniak Bay and Marmot Bay, including all waters of Kizhuyak Bay:

  • Rockfish limits are 3 per day, 6 in possession; only 2 per day, 4 in possession may be non-pelagic, and only 1 per day, 2 in possession may be Yelloweye rockfish. Captain and crew of charter vessels may not retain rockfish while clients are on board in this area.
  • Captain and crew of charter vessels may not retain rockfish while fishing in this area.
  • A map of this area is located on page 25 of the 2017 Southwest Alaska sport fishing regulations summary booklet.

Kodiak Road Zone coho salmon

  • Coho salmon bag and possession limits in the Kodiak Road Zone are 2 fish from January 1 through September 15, and 1 fish from September 16 through December 31.
  • Enhanced returns to Monashka Bay and Creek, Pillar Creek, Mission Beach and Mill Bay are exempt from these regulations and the bag and possession limit is 2 coho salmon, year round.
  • Waters flowing into Chiniak Bay that were previously closed above the highway bridges from August 1 through September 15 are now open year round.
  • Please remember to observe other closed waters that are still in effect, such as the outlet creek at Kalsin Pond.
  • These new regulations include salt waters within 1 mile of Kodiak and Spruce Islands that are included in Kodiak Road Zone regulations.

For more information, contact the Division of Sport Fish office in Kodiak at (907) 486-1880.