Area Sport Fishing Reports
June 29, 2020
* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by following and reviewing the current State of Alaska Health Mandates in effect. This includes practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing and wearing a face covering when fishing and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 010.
* The Alaska Board of Fisheries adopted several proposals establishing new sport fish regulations for Kodiak Island, Alaska Peninsula, and Aleutian Islands at the Kodiak January 2020 meeting and the Anchorage March 2020 meeting. Please see the 2020 Southwest Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet for a complete summary of the Kodiak and Aleutian Islands sport fisheries regulations.
Please review the Emergency Orders and News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-11-20 closed the Karluk River drainage including the lagoon and its outlet stream to king salmon fishing through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020. In addition, only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used in the Karluk River drainage below Karluk Lake including the lagoon and its outlet stream.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-10-20 closed the Ayakulik River drainage to king salmon fishing through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020. In addition, only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used in the Ayakulik River drainage.
- Both Buskin and Litnik sockeye runs are running later this year. Buskin has just met the lower end of the escapement goal and has lots of fish in the river still. Catches are steady but can fluctuate as fish build up and then move upstream.
- Litnik is a little slower still for counts at the weir but most reports indicate a buildup of fish in the lagoon and bay. Fishing the incoming tide at the upper end of the lagoon is usually the best bet but there are a few holes just upstream of the weir that can be productive too.
- A couple of kings have been caught in the Olds River so far, but they seem few and far between. Look to Kalsin Beach and the estuary area of American River for the best chance of finding a king.
- Sockeye are just starting to show up to Pasagshak and Saltery rivers now. Counts are slow at the weir, but fish are being caught regularly in the rivers.
- King salmon fishing has been slow with just a few fish caught here and there in Kalsin and Buoy 4.
- The first coho salmon are typically caught the last week of June and should be showing up in the usual spots of Buoy’s 3 and 4, and Chiniak and Ugak islands.
- Halibut fishing has been steady with reports of fish being plentiful and large. The usual hot spots include Buoy 4, William’s Reef, Kodiak Rocks, and Kalsin Reef.
- Don’t forget about the lake that is furthest away from town. East Twin Lake at the very end of the road at Fossil Beach is stocked with rainbows annually and has been known to produce some of the biggest fish in any of our stocked lakes. It has very little brush around it and can be fished from shore easily. It’s a great stop to let kids’ fish with just eggs and a bobber.
Don’t forget to bring your 2020 sport fishing license! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2020 sport fishing license through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review Emergency Orders and the 2020 Southwest Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.