Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
July 23, 2019
Week of July 22 - July 28
- Saltery Cove is still pretty slow though there is a buildup of sockeye salmon in the river. Right now, it’s not looking like the escapement goal will be met, though fish will likely start to move with the rain. The bag limit has been reduced to two per day to see if escapement will start to pick up.
- Pasagshak was off to a slow start, though fish have been moving for the last week. Few angler reports have come in but fishing should be good from now through mid-August.
- Road system kings have largely been a no show for this season, though it’s anybody’s guess as to why. ADF&G staff are out on the rivers daily collecting brood stock right now. Reports have come in of a very few kings caught at American and Salonie, but it’s not unheard of for fish to show up very late, even into August.
- Dollies are absolutely huge this year and most rivers have had fantastic dolly fishing and anglers report very large fish.
- Pinks are showing up in most local rivers now, with the best fishing in the intertidal zones. There are lots of bright fish around and fishing will be picking up in the next couple weeks. The best spots seem to be the creeks in Chiniak and the Buskin.
- King salmon fishing has been really good at Ugak Island, and sporadic in other places. Fish have been caught at Buoy 4 recently and a handful of other places like Kalsin Bay.
- Cohos are being caught in Ugak Bay, though it sounds like the volume of pink salmon in the area has made fishing harder this season so far. There are also sporadic reports of cohos at Buoy 3 and Buoy 4.
- Halibut fishing has been steady by most reports though has slowed down near town in the last week. The usual spots include Buoy 4, Outer Humpback, Triple Lumps, and Williams Reef.
- One of the best local lakes to fish, but one of the most overlooked is Lilly Lake, right in town. You may need to get permission from someone with a float plan dock for access, but often the biggest rainbows come out of this lake every year.
Please review the Emergency Orders and News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- NEW: Emergency Order 2-RS-4-38-19 decreased the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Saltery River to two per day.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-4-26-19 increased the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Buskin River to five per day.
- 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-KS-4-08-19 closed the Karluk River drainage to king salmon fishing and only one, unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure is allowed.
For additional information, please contact the Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.