Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

May 24, 2021

* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing, and wearing a face-covering when social distancing is not possible, and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store.

Freshwater Fishing

  • There haven't been any reports of sockeye salmon being caught in Buskin or Litnik yet, but there a few in the Buskin River. Seems like it's off to a slow start and the sunny forecast will likely mean fishing will be slow through the week.

Saltwater Fishing

  • King salmon fishing has slowed down some since last week. There were a few fish caught at Buoy 4 over the weekend but doesn't sound like any real hot spots. If you can get to some of the outer areas like Chiniak, Sequel Point, or Ugak Island, this is the time of year you're likely to find larger kings in the 30+ lbs. range.
  • Halibut are being caught regularly now, but many anglers are still fishing deeper than 200 feet. Some have been caught in shallower areas such as by Buoy 4, but typical spring spots are Whale Pass, Triple Lumps, and Kalsin Reef.
  • There are lots of Pacific Cod around right now, with many reports of trollers catching them at Buoy 4 but folks are also catching them jigging. Some of the reported spots are between Woody and Long Island, Kalsin Reef, and Kalsin Bay.
  • Many anglers are reporting catching a lot of lingcod this season already, remember that lingcod season opens on July 1!
  • Don't forget about saltwater Dolly Varden fishing right now. The end of May is a great time to fish for Dolly Varden from beaches near town. Hot spots right now are Mission Beach and the mouth of the Buskin River. Nearly all beaches inside local bays should offer good fishing right now, though.

Local Lakes

  • With the sunshine this week, local lakes will be warming fast and some of the more shaded lakes should offer good fishing. Lake Gertrude in Ft. Abercrombie should be a good bet for rainbow fishing. The lake should be warming up but will have lots of shaded cover for fish to stay out of the direct sunlight.

Emergency Orders

  • Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
      • Emergency Order 2-KS-4-13-21 closed the Karluk River drainage including the lagoon and its outlet stream to king salmon fishing through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2021.
      • Emergency Order 2-KS-4-12-21 closed the Ayakulik River drainage to king salmon fishing through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2021.
      • Emergency Order 2-RF-4-11-21 reduced the nonresident rockfish bag and possession limits on the eastside of Afognak and Kodiak islands from Big Fort Island near Shuyak Island to Dangerous Cape on Kodiak Island through 11:59 pm. Friday, December 31, 2021.

Don't forget to purchase your 2021 sport fishing license and king stamp! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2021 sport fishing license and king stamp 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 2021 Southwest Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing for before you head out.

For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.


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