Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 22, 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 runs are still fairly late this year, but Buskin has been picking up in the last few days. Counts are looking better at the weir and fish are moving in the river with catches being good in the river and in the subsistence fishery.
- Litnik is a little slower; however, fish are building up in the lagoon and moving into the river. The run appears late and just average.
- Rumor is there was one or two kings caught in the Olds River this weekend, though there hasn’t been much talk of larger numbers of fish yet. The wet weather is great for letting those fish get into the upper parts of the Olds and American rivers and in some of the deeper pools.
- Fishing for Dollies near river mouths and local beaches is a great family activity right now. Check out the Buskin River mouth, Pillar Creek mouth, or Mission Beach for good Dolly fishing.
- King salmon fishing is unpredictable with some days being great and some a bust. A few fish are being caught at Ugak Island, Kalsin Bay, and Buoy 4 with some regularity.
- Halibut fishing has been steady with fish caught in the usual spots of Kodiak Rocks, between Woody and Long islands, Chiniak, and Kalsin Bay. The weather has been the biggest thing to hamper halibut catches lately.
- There are a number of lakes that are not currently stocked but still have great catch-and-release rainbow fishing. Cascade Lake in Anton Larsen Bay and Dolgoi Lake on Long Island both have really good rainbow populations. Remember to look in the 2020 Southwest Regulation Booklet for the current list of stocked lakes as rainbow fishing is catch-and release-only in lakes that are not currently stocked.
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.