Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 21, 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

  • The Buskin sockeye salmon run continues to be slow, with less than 600 fish counted at the weir so far. There are some fish in the river and behind the weir that don't seem to want to move but with the high water, it's unclear how many there are.
  • Litnik has been really good for fishing and saw some large counts of fish through the weir this weekend. This run typically peaks in mid-June but has seen sockeyes come in through mid-August the last couple of years.
  • Sockeye salmon are showing up at Pasagshak already and fishing has been good and consistent in the last week. This is pretty early for Pasagshak that usually sees the vast majority of fish come in in July.
  • A few fish have been caught in Saltery as well and the weir is in and has counted 117 so far.

Saltwater Fishing

  • King salmon fishing seems to have picked up a bit and several anglers report catching limits of kings. Most effort has been at Buoy and the Fingers. Most fish have been between 10 and 20lbs.
  • Halibut fishing has been good and seems to be getting better as fish move into shallower water. Many anglers are saying they are seeing a lot of fish in the 10-20lb. range but also catching fish up to 100 lbs. Typical spots right now are Whale Pass, Williams Reef, Kodiak Rocks, and Chiniak.
  • Pacific cod fishing is still great and is pretty much found everywhere. Look to places further offshore for bigger fish.
  • Lingcod season opens July 1. It's not far off but don't forget to release any lingcod until the season opens!

Local Lakes

  • Many lakes are pretty full of water right now and you can expect the water to be up in the vegetation around the banks on many lakes. The best fishing sounds like it has been at Twin and Bull lakes which should be easier to fish with the high water. And with more rain in the forecast, this will probably be the case for another week or so. Other lakes that offer good fishing at high water are Abercrombie and Lilly.

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-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.


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