Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
July 02, 2019
Week of July 1 – July 6
- Both Buskin and Litnik have seen a significant push of fish much later than anticipated. The Buskin River, in particular, is still going strong and fishing has been good. The hot, dry weather and low water can create crowded conditions but there seem to be plenty of fish around. Remember that the total salmon bag limit (other than king salmon) is 5 per day for all drainages of the Kodiak Road Zone not for each river drainage.
- Both Saltery and Pasagshak sockeye runs are off to a slow start still. Anglers are catching fish at both locations, but weir counts are low for this time of year. Both of these runs peak about the third week of July usually.
- No reports of kings at the American, Olds, or Salonie have come in yet, though there are reports of a handful of kings off Kalsin Beach and in the American River. Expect these fish to show up any day now.
- Dolly fishing is fantastic right now, particularly near river mouths but can also be along most local beaches. The Buskin appears to be having an incredible dolly run this season.
- King salmon fishing has slowed down in the last week, but a handful are being caught near Buoy 4. King fishing can be unpredictable though so it may pick right back up any day.
- Cohos are just starting to show up near Buoy 4 and in Ugak Bay. There were a handful caught this weekend but no one reporting large schools yet.
- There are lots of pink salmon around in almost all near shore saltwaters. Most anglers report catching lots of pinks and a few chums trolling and making it difficult to target kings and cohos.
- Halibut fishing has been steady by most reports, with fish caught in the usual spots; Buoy 4, Outer Humpback, Triple Lumps, and Williams Reef.
- For those with Coast Guard Base access, the pond on Nyman’s Peninsula, called Lilly Pad or Lilly Pond sometimes, is stocked with rainbows and is surprisingly productive for such a small lake. This is a great place to fish with kids from shore with spinning gear or grab your float tube and use a fly rod in the deeper areas.
Please review the Emergency Orders and News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-08-19 closed the Karluk River drainage to king salmon fishing and only one, unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure is allowed.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-24-19 closed the Ayakulik River drainage to king salmon fishing and only one, unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure is allowed.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-4-26-19 increased the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Buskin River to five per day and in possession.
For additional information, please contact the Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.