Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
September 09, 2019
Week of September 9 - September 15
- Cohos are still slowly showing up to many local rivers with catches increasing in a few spots. Pasagshak and Lake Rose Tead have seen a good push of fish in the last week and Roslyn Creek has also seen improved fishing.
- Pillar and Monashka creeks have some cohos around but it sounds like most are offshore in Monashka Bay and there are lots of pinks nearshore making fishing difficult. Some reports of fish harvested at Mill Bay have come this week.
- With some rain in the forecast, its likely coho fishing will pick up dramatically with cooler water temperatures and increased water levels. It may clear out the pink salmon waiting to spawn too.
- From the sounds of it, saltwater coho fishing has been fairly slow. Chiniak was the previous hot spot but seems to have slowed down. The last two years, Buoy 4 has seen large schools of cohos in September and that doesn’t seem to be the case this year. Anglers are catching them but not in the usual numbers.
- Cohos are starting to school up somewhat in Monashka Bay but it sounds like fishing is still a little slow. Fishing will likely pick up with a little rain later in the week.
- King salmon fishing has been good at times at Kalsin Reef and near Chiniak, but some reports indicate large schools of very small feeder kings (1-3 lbs) that are making fishing for more desirable kings hard. Late season kings are often caught in between Woody and Long islands.
- Halibut fishing is still good with anglers catching fish in the 40-100lb range commonly. Fishing generally is consistent through September; the usual spots are Kodiak Rocks, Chiniak, Triple Lumps, and Buoy 4.
- Lingcod fishing has been really good. Chiniak, the back side of Long Island, and Triple Lumps have been some of the hot spots.
- Few reports of good rainbow fishing have come in, but late summer is a good time to target them. For a potentially more interesting fishing experience, look for some of the lakes that are no longer stocked but have spawning populations of rainbows such as Cascade, Jupiter, Saturn, or Dolgoi which still offer great rainbow fishing. Just remember lakes on the road system that are not currently stocked are catch-and-release only.
- Please review the Emergency Orders and News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-4-45-19 restores the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Saltery River to 5 per day through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-4-26-19 increases the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Buskin River to 5 per day through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019
For additional information, please contact the Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.