Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
July 06, 2021
Kodiak Management Area Week of July 4 - July 10
* 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.
- Pasagshak continues to have a strong red run, weir counts are strong, and fishing was excellent by most accounts over the weekend.
- Saltery has some fish as well, though weir counts are starting to slow recently. The water is still high, and visibility is not great. The trail is reported as very wet and muddy.
- Litnik is still going strong as well and fishing has been reported as good with limits of reds easy to get.
- Buskin continues to be slow and with just under 900 reds counted at the weir, it is very unlikely to open again. This is the lowest count on record for this date at Buskin.
- There were a few reports of kings being caught in stocked rivers this weekend. Typically, the king runs at American, Olds, and Salonie pick up around the 4th of July, but they are not expected to be strong this year. ADF&G will be on the rivers collecting broodstock beginning next week through early August.
- King fishing has been good recently and the few calm days brought many reports of limits of king salmon. The primary spot for king salmon effort has been Buoy 4.
- Halibut fishing has been good as well, though anglers are still reporting lots of cod as bycatch. There seems to be a fair amount of sub-20lb fish around but there are still reports of fish in the 40-100lb range coming from Buoy 4, Williams Reef, and Whale Pass.
- Lingcod season opened on the 1st and fishing was excellent over the weekend. Lingcod are reported as easy to find on most rockpiles in Chiniak Bay.
- Horseshoe is a slightly off-the-beaten-path lake that offers secluded fishing from the bank or a boat. It's just a ten-minute hike from the Chiniak Highway pull-off just past Cliff Point. The trail and lakeshore have been very muddy, however. The best fishing is often found in the middle of the 'horseshoe'.
- Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-4-26-21 increases the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Ayakulik River to 10 through Friday, December 31, 2021.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-4-27-21 increases the bag limit in the South Olga Lakes drainage (Upper Station) for sockeye salmon to 10 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.