Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
May 01, 2019
Kodiak Management Area
Week of May 1 - May 7
Please review the Emergency Orders and News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-07-19 restricted king salmon fishing in the Ayakulik River to catch-and-release only and only one, unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-08-19 closed king salmon fishing in the Karluk River drainage.
- Dolly Varden are just starting to migrate out of local lakes and wintering areas, Buskin Lake has had good fishing and Buskin River should be starting to have more dollies very soon. Small vibrax or mepps spinners are a good bet to catch dollies right now.
- Steelhead have been spotted in a few local drainages with Buskin being the most popular, they are starting to move around and head towards spawning areas, but most reports of steelhead are still from Buskin Lake. Most anglers are using fly fishing gear with beads for steelhead right now.
- Remember, in all freshwater of the Kodiak Road Zone, including the Buskin Drainage, steelhead and rainbows are catch-and-release only except in lakes that are currently stocked.
- King salmon fishing has been really good at times, though can be spotty this time of year. Trolling with spoons, hoochies or herring has been productive at Buoy 4, Chiniak and Outer Humpback Rock. Occasionally fish are being caught in Kalsin Bay and between Woody and Long islands.
- Halibut fishing has been slowly picking up with reports of a few fish being caught in waters less than 200 feet in the vicinity of Whale Pass and near town at Buoy 4 and north of Long Island.
- Rainbow trout fishing typically picks up in early May as waters warm in our stocked lakes. The stocked lakes in Bells Flats have been productive recently with small spinners or leech flies being common tackle.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.