Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

August 30, 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

  • Coho salmon are slowly moving into most rivers now with a few being caught at Buskin, Olds, and Pasagshak daily. The biggest challenge seems to be getting around the pinks and the warm weather this last week.
  • Cohos are running at most Afognak Island streams but seem to be a bit later this year than normal. Coho salmon runs on Afognak would normally be on the downward end now but expect them to continue for a week or two longer than normal.
  • There are an abnormal amount of bright pinks in most rivers right now. While some have started spawning, there are still bright pinks coming in with most tides making for fun fishing and great eating.
  • Dolly Varden are in all the rivers around the Island now and can be caught readily as they follow salmon upstream prior to spawning. The American and Salonie are local favorites, but large Dollies are often caught in Pasagshak too.

Saltwater Fishing

  • King salmon hot spots are still moving around with kings being caught between Woody and Long islands most reliably but also near Kodiak Rocks, Buoy 4 and some still near the old dock at Woody Island.
  • Coho salmon are being found in a couple of spots including between Woody and Long, Kodiak Rocks, Buoy 4, but also are showing up in Monashka Bay, Mill Bay, and Mission Beach. They are being caught in front of Woody Island as well. Just remember the limit is two coho per day inside the Kodiak Road Zone boundary which includes all of the Woody Island channel.
  • Halibut fishing continues to be good with most reports indicating fish are in fairly shallow water and the best fishing found between 70-90 feet.

Local Lakes

  • No new reports of hot rainbow fishing have come in, but the most consistently productive lakes are often Caroline in Bell’s Flats, Lilly Lake here in town, and Twin Lake at the end of the road. Now is a great time to check them out as things cool off towards fall.

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.


Kodiak Area Archives for:
Sep 27, 2021 Sep 13, 2021 Sep 07, 2021 Aug 30, 2021 Aug 23, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Aug 10, 2021 Aug 02, 2021
Jul 26, 2021 Jul 21, 2021 Jul 12, 2021 Jul 06, 2021 Jun 28, 2021 Jun 21, 2021 Jun 15, 2021 Jun 07, 2021
Jun 01, 2021 May 24, 2021 May 18, 2021 May 11, 2021 May 03, 2021