Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

July 12, 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

  • Pasagshak continues to see good numbers of sockeye salmon coming into the river. Some days are reported to be stronger than others but most anglers report limits easy to come by on the incoming tides.
  • Saltery weir counts have been picking up and fishing has been good in the last week. The trail is reported as very wet, but most anglers indicate the fishing was worth the trip.
  • Litnik is still plugging along, and weir counts show good numbers of sockeye salmon continuing to show up. Fishing has been reported as good, though given the limited space, can be crowded at times.
  • The Buskin isn’t showing any signs of the sockeye salmon run improving. It’s the lowest count on record and is historically more than 80% complete by now. It’s very unlikely to open to fishing for sockeye salmon this season.
  • There have been very few reports of king salmon sighted in the American, Olds, or Salonie. These stocked runs have not been producing well over the last 2-3 years and are not expected to be much better this year. ADF&G will be on the rivers daily collecting broodstock until early August.
  • Pink salmon are just starting to show up with a few sighted in Buskin and other roadside rivers. Buskin is open to pink salmon fishing, but any sockeye salmon caught must be released without removing them from the water.

Saltwater Fishing

  • King salmon fishing has been reported as excellent over the weekend with quite a few kings caught at Buoy 4 and between Woody and Long islands. Most fish are reported as between 8 and 20lbs.
  • Halibut fishing has been good, and it reported as more predictable in the last week. There are still lots of small (<20 lb.) fish around but reports of fish up to 100 lbs. are coming in regularly from places like Williams Reef and Buoys 3 and 4.
  • Lingcod are abundant at most rockpiles in Chiniak Bay and anglers even report catching them frequently trolling.

Local Lakes

  • With the dreary weather this summer, it may be nice to fish a sheltered spot and Dragonfly Lake on Cliff Point offers some shelter as well as good rainbow fishing. Recent reports indicate lots of fish in the 12-16 inch range and are quick to bite flies and spinners alike.

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-4-27-21 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-4-26-21 increases the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Ayakulik River to 10 through Friday, December 31, 2021.
    • Emergency Order 2-RS-4-19-21 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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