Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 08, 2020
* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by following and reviewing the current State of Alaska Health Mandates in effect. This includes practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing and wearing a face covering when fishing and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 010.
* The Alaska Board of Fisheries adopted several proposals establishing new sport fish regulations for Kodiak Island, Alaska Peninsula, and Aleutian Islands at the Kodiak January 2020 meeting and the Anchorage March 2020 meeting. Please see the 2020 Southwest Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet for a complete summary of the Kodiak and Aleutian Islands sport fisheries regulations.
Please review the Emergency Orders and News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-11-20 closed the Karluk River drainage including the lagoon and its outlet stream to king salmon fishing through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020. In addition, only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used in the Karluk River drainage below Karluk Lake including the lagoon and its outlet stream.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-4-10-20 closed the Ayakulik River drainage to king salmon fishing through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020. In addition, only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used in the Ayakulik River drainage.
- Sockeye salmon are running later around the island but reports from the weekend indicate increased catches.
- In the Buskin, sockeyes are being caught regularly at the Pumphouse hole and downstream of the weir. The run is not strong right now, so there is no indication that increased limits can be allowed.
- At Litnik, fish are building up in the bay and lagoon and anglers are catching sockeye on each tide. Counts are still slow, and the run is off to a late start so far.
- Dollies are around still but most recent reports indicate local beaches offer good fishing right now, especially near the mouths of rivers such as the Buskin and Pillar Creek.
- King salmon fishing has slowed in the last week, though a few fish are being caught from time to time in Kalsin Bay and Buoy 4.
- Halibut fishing continues to be steady with the usual spots of Kodiak Rocks, Chiniak and even inside Kalsin Bay are producing catches.
- Pacific cod are still being caught as well, with higher than usual catches reported while trolling or jigging for halibut.
- There are four lakes right in town that are stocked with rainbows and can all make for a great quick fishing trip in the evening. Lilly Lake is known for being consistently productive, and is gaining a reputation for large trout, some well over 5 lbs. Abercrombie is one of the bigger lakes stocked in town and can have great fishing right from the trail that runs the entire edge of the lake. Dark and Island lakes both offer varied fishing habitats and are most productive from a boat, but excellent access is offered right at the Kodak Island Borough Park at the end of Island Lake Road.
Don’t forget to bring your 2020 sport fishing license! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2020 sport fishing license through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review Emergency Orders and the 2020 Southwest Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.