Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 28, 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 continues to be weak, and the run is typically well past its peak by now. A little less than 800 fish have been counted at the weir and it seems unlikely to reopen for fishing right now.
- Litnik continues to see fish moving in the river and fishing has been good by most reports. This run is typically past the peak now as well but the last couple of years has seen good sockeye salmon fishing all the way through July.
- Pasagshak continues to be productive for sockeye salmon through the water is very high, making it a bit more challenging. Most anglers are reporting getting limits with the incoming tides.
- Sockeye salmon are being caught at Saltery as well, but the water is also very high, and fishing is more difficult. It should improve as the water comes down. The 4th of July weekend is typically the most fishing effort of the season, so expect lots of people out there this weekend.
- No word on king salmon in the American, Olds, or Salonie yet, though with the high water, it’s difficult to see in the deeper holes. These runs have been small the last three years and are not expected to be much better this year.
- King salmon fishing seems to have picked up a bit and new reports of kings being caught have come in on the few calm days we’ve had. Most effort has been in the Buoy 4 area with fish ranging from 10-20lbs.
- Halibut fishing has been good and seems to be better the further offshore you can get. The best halibut fishing has been reported at Williams Reef and Whale Pass. Angler’s report catching an increased number of smaller halibut (<20 lbs.) this season too.
- Lingcod season opens Thursday, July 1. It’s not far off but don’t forget to release any lingcod until the season opens!
- The water in most local lakes is very high right now and you can expect the water to be up in the vegetation around the banks of many lakes. The best fishing continues Twin and Bull lakes but other lakes that offer good fishing at high water are Abercrombie and Lilly. Places like Heitman, Dragonfly, and the Bell’s Flats lakes can be more difficult to fish at high water with the dense vegetation around the shore but fishing from a boat or float tube can help get around this.
- Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-4-27-21 increases the bag and possession limits in the South Olga Lakes drainage (Upper Station) for sockeye salmon to ten through Friday, December 31, 2021.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-4-26-21 increases the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon in the Ayakulik River to ten through Friday, December 31, 2021.
- 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.