Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

August 16, 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

  • There are still quite a few sockeye salmon coming into Saltery Cove. The weir was pulled last week; however, the run looks strong yet and fishing will likely be good for another week or two.
  • A few coho are coming into rivers around the road system. Buskin has a few in it, Saltery has a few, but not many reports have come from other areas. The late pink run seems to be hitting most rivers and making early coho salmon fishing more difficult.
  • There are still bright pinks found at most of the beaches along the road system. Kalsin Bay seems to have a lot of them still!
  • August is also a great time to find Dollies as they re-enter freshwater drainages following salmon. Rivers that offer consistently good Dolly fishing are Salonie, American, and Buskin.

Saltwater Fishing

  • There are still a few king salmon hot spots. The most productive seems to be in front of Woody Island, but other areas include between Woody and Long islands, Buoy 4 and at times, the green can off Spruce Cape.
  • Coho salmon are a little tougher to come by this season but are being found at Buoy 4, both sides of Woody Island, and there are some in Monashka Bay.
  • Halibut fishing continues to be good as well with most reports indicating good fishing in less than 90 feet of water.
  • Lingcod are still abundant at most rockpiles in Chiniak Bay and anglers are reporting lots of small lingcod in the 3-7lb. range but are able to pick through them to find larger fish.

Local Lakes

  • Dragonfly Lake on Cliff Point is an often overlooked lake that can be very productive. It can be fished from shore in a number of spots or from a float tube or boat as well. Most fish have been reported to be in the 12-16 inch range but larger fish have been spotted.

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-4-50-21 increases the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Saltery 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-4-26-21 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-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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