Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 18, 2019
Week of June 17 - June 23
- A significant push of sockeye salmon have come through both Buskin and Litnik weirs over the weekend, though it still sounds like fishing is slow in the rivers. Litnik has been having daily build ups of fish in the lagoon that should make for good fishing, whereas Buskin has been more sporadic.
- No reports of king salmon at the American and Olds rivers, or Salonie Creek have come in yet, though some mature kings have been caught in Kalsin Bay that are almost surely hatchery fish. Fishing for stocked kings typically picks up towards the end of June in the rivers but can be good in the intertidal zones or beaches near these rivers right now. Large pixies and vibrax spinners are the usual lure of choice for fishing kings from shore.
- Now is a great time to fish local beaches for Dolly Varden. This can be especially fun for kids! Check out Mission Beach, near the boat harbors, Kalsin Beach, and the beaches in Chiniak for good dolly fishing.
- King salmon fishing is still excellent in many locations with Buoy 4, Kalsin Bay, and Ugak Island being the latest hot spots. Kings have mostly been caught trolling with spoons and flashers from the latest reports.
- Halibut fishing also continues to be good with fish moving into shallower waters lately. Many fish have been reported harvested in water less than 100ft deep with fish ranging from 30-150lbs. Both bait and jigging have produced decent results lately.
- Many anglers have also talked about catching pink and chum salmon while trolling. Both of these species can be fantastic eating when caught while bright in the ocean.
- A fun lake with a short hike is Horseshoe Lake. The trailhead for this lake begins just off the Chiniak Highway about ¼ mile past Cliff Point. While there are rarely reports of large numbers of fish caught in this lake, it often produces several decent sized fish for most anglers in addition to fishing in solitude and extremely beautiful scenery.
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 lures may be used.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-08-19 closed king salmon fishing in the Karluk River drainage.
For additional information, please contact the Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.