Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 15, 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.
- The Buskin sockeye salmon run is still very slow, with less than 200 fish counted at the weir so far. It closed Tuesday, June 15, 2021, please see emergency order 2-RS-4-19-21 below. It could reopen if the counts at the weir pick up substantially.
- Other sockeye runs are starting to show up a little late. Fishing at Litnik has been good by most accounts and there is a fair amount of fish built up in the lagoon despite the slow weir counts.
- There have been a few catches of sockeyes at Pasagshak as well, even though this run doesn’t usually pick up until July.
- King salmon fishing is slow by most accounts, but a few fish are being caught, mainly at Buoy 4 and between Woody and Long islands. Most reports indicate fish are in the 10-20lb. range.
- Halibut fishing has been good, and the hard part has just been avoiding the cod. The latest reports indicate fish are being caught at most of the outer reefs - Williams, Kalsin, Kodiak Rocks, Buoy 1, and Buoy 3. There are a lot more small fish in the 10-20lb. range this season but still many fish up to 100 lbs. are being caught too.
- Pacific cod are still around and can be caught easily nearly everywhere. The bigger fish seem to be further out at places like Triple Lumps and Kalsin Reef. A few anglers report catching fish with a fair number of worms in the meat. These are not harmful to humans if the meat is cooked properly and can simply be picked out of the meat with tweezers or the point of a knife.
- Lingcod are also being caught while fishing for halibut and rockfish, remember that lingcod season opens on July 1!
- Lakes have risen some with the rain last week and likely have kept lake temperatures from rising with the recent sunshine. Some great places to fish at high water are Abercrombie and Bull lakes as they have steep banks that allow for fishing in deeper water from shore. Other lakes such as Aurel, Caroline, Cicely, Dragonfly, and Horseshoe can be tough to fish when the water is high as the banks are very brushy.
- Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-4-19-21 closed the Buskin River drainage to sockeye salmon fishing through Friday, December 31, 2021.
- 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 in before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Kodiak Area Office at (907) 486-1880.