Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
September 07, 2021
- Silvers entered most rivers around the Island last week with a day of heavy rain. The Road System rivers saw quite a bit of fish moving in but there are still lots of pinks making fishing a little slower for silvers. Most effort is at the Buskin, Pasagshak, and the Olds right now.
- Silvers runs on Afognak are slowing down in the bays/lagoons, but fishing is great in places like Afognak Lake as many fish moved up into lakes during the recent rain.
- There are few reports of fish caught at our stocked silver runs at Monashka, Pillar, Mill Bay, and Mission Beach, however, there are schools of silvers holding nearby these locations.
- Pinks are still in and are just starting to spawn. There are very few bright ones left, but there are still a few in the lower parts of local rivers.
- Dollies fishing has been really good if you can get around the salmon. Buskin Lake is a hot spot for dollies right now.
- Most effort for king salmon is between Woody and Long islands right now and fish are being caught daily, though some days are better than others from the sounds of it.
- Silvers are being caught in a few spots but have not been seen in the usual large schools so far. The hot spots for silvers have been between Woody and Long, in the Woody Island channel, and the north end of Long Island. Remember the limit for silvers is 2 per day in 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.
- Lingcod are still being found easily on many rockpiles right in Chiniak Bay. Look to rock piles with open ocean exposure for the best fishing.
- There are many local lakes that have been stocked in the past but are no longer stocked for a number of reasons, however, most still have populations of rainbow trout. Cascade Lake in Antone Larsen Bay and the ‘Hidden’ lakes in Chiniak still offer great rainbow fishing. Just remember these are catch and release only lakes since they are no longer actively stocked.
- 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-4-26-21 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-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.