Area Sport Fishing Reports
Kodiak/Alaska Peninsula

fish Scales Season Text
Kodiak Sport Fish Management Area
King Salmon
Ayakulik River

The king salmon run fell below the Biological Escapement Goal (BEG) of 4,800-8,400 fish with a weir count of 1,948 king salmon. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 17, 2019, which is similar to historical run-timing. The Ayakulik River king salmon run has seen declines since 2006. The escapement objectives have been met some years; however, in the most recent years the escapement objectives have not been meet. In many years, a significant portion of the estimated daily fish passage numbers occurs during the king salmon run when the weir is flooding.

Management Actions

A preseason emergency order effective June 1, 2019, prohibited the retention of king salmon in the Ayakulik River drainage and only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure was allowed.

On June 26, 2019, king salmon fishing closed on the Ayakulik River drainage and only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure was allowed.

Table 1. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Ayakulik River king salmon fishery, 2019.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 4,800-8,400
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 1,948
Preliminary Escapement 1,948
 
Karluk River

The king salmon run was within the BEG of 3,000-7,000 fish with a weir count of 3,898 king salmon. This is the second consecutive year and the fifth time in the last ten years the run has been within the BEG. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 23, 2019, which is similar to historical run-timing and the same day as 2018. The Karluk River has been not been open to the harvest of king salmon since 2007 and sport fishing for king salmon has been entirely closed since 2008.

Management Actions

A preseason emergency order effective June 1, 2019, closed the Karluk River drainage to fishing for king salmon and only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure was allowed.

Table 2. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Karluk River king salmon fishery, 2019.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 3,000 to 6,000
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 3,898
Preliminary Escapement 3,898
 
Chignik River

The king salmon run was within the BEG of 1,300-2,700 fish with a weir count of 1,517 king salmon and was slightly lower than the recent 10-year average. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 12, 2019, which is similar to historical run-timing.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

Table 3. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Chignik River king salmon fishery, 2019.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 1,300-2,700
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest TBD
Weir Count 1,517
Preliminary Escapement 1,417
 
Nelson River

The 2019 weir count for king salmon was 11,653 fish. This was well above the BEG of 2,400-4,400 salmon and nearly an all-time record count. There is no retention in this fishery throughout the season based on regulations enacted in 2011. The weir count does not include a post-season estimate of fish observed below the weir when it was pulled. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 16, 2019, which is similar to historical run-timing.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery.

Table 4. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Nelson River king salmon fishery, 2019.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 2,400 to 4,400
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 11,653
Preliminary Escapement 11,653
 
Stocked Kodiak Road System Streams

Each year the Olds River, American River, and Salonie Creek are stocked with up to 80,000 king salmon smolt. The stocked Kodiak road system streams had low returns this year and there was little harvest in this fishery for the third year in a row. Returns to the Olds River produced some early king salmon that were caught in Kalsin Bay and the lower Olds River, but much fewer than expected. Returns to the American River were also lower than expected though anglers did catch some fish, primarily 1- and 2-year ocean king salmon jacks. Salonie Creek had a few more fish return and was the primary collection point for broodstock for the project this season. Persistent dry conditions prevailed through the king salmon runs this season and may have also contributed to a lack of king salmon escapement in these rivers. Egg take goals were not met this year. To compensate for this shortfall, extra coho salmon will be stocked to supplement king salmon production. The 2019 king salmon egg take spawned 10 pairs which should produce at least 40,000 smolt, though this is far short of the goal to release 200,000 king salmon smolt. Coho salmon will be taken again from Pillar Creek in early November to supplement this shortfall.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

Sockeye Salmon
Karluk River

The early sockeye salmon run fell within the BEG of 150,000-250,000 fish with a weir count of 186,510 sockeye salmon. Little harvest occurs upstream of the weir and escapement is likely equal to the weir count. Harvest of sockeye salmon by anglers on the Karluk River is minimal compared to the size of the run but it remains one of the larger sockeye salmon sport fisheries on Kodiak.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery.

Ayakulik River

The early sockeye salmon run fell within the BEG of 140,000-280,000 fish with a weir count of 162,430 sockeye salmon. Harvest of sockeye salmon by anglers on the Ayakulik River is minimal compared to the size of the run but it is one of the larger sockeye salmon sport fisheries on Kodiak.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery.

Dog Salmon (Frazer) River

The sockeye salmon run fell within the BEG of 75,000-170,000 fish with a count of 169,627 sockeye salmon at the Frazer Lake fish pass where escapement estimates are derived. Harvest of sockeye salmon by anglers on the Dog Salmon River downstream of the fish pass is minimal compared to the size of the run but it is also one of the larger sockeye salmon sport fisheries on Kodiak.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

Buskin River

The sockeye salmon run was above the BEG of 5,000-8,000 fish with a weir count of 12,296 sockeye salmon. No harvest occurs upstream of the weir which is located just downstream from Buskin Lake and escapement is equal to the weir count. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 25, 2019, which is about 10 days later than historical run-timing.

Management Actions

On June 28, 2019, the sockeye salmon limits were increased to five fish per day and in possession in the Buskin River drainage.

Saltery Cove

The sockeye salmon run was within the BEG of 15,000-35,000 fish with a weir count of 22,183 sockeye salmon though this was the lowest count on record for this run. No harvest occurs upstream of the weir and escapement is equal to the weir count. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 28, 2019, which is later than historical run-timing. This is the largest freshwater sport fishery on Kodiak by angler effort and harvest for a single stock. The 2019 run was similar to the 2018 and was small in comparison to most years; however, the run was well within the escapement goal range.

Management Actions

On July 24, 2019, the sockeye salmon limits were reduced to two fish per day and in possession in the Saltery River drainage.

On August 9, 2019, the sockeye salmon limits were restored to five fish per day and in possession in the Saltery River drainage.

Pasagshak River

The sockeye salmon run was above the lower bound Sustainable Escapement Goal (SEG) of 3,000 fish with a weir count of 4,537 sockeye salmon. No harvest occurs upstream of the weir and escapement is equal to the weir count. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 21, 2019, which is similar to historical run-timing. The weir has only been in operation since 2011.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

Afognak (Litnik) River

The sockeye salmon run was within the BEG of 20,000-50,000 fish with a weir count of 26,817 sockeye salmon. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 15, 2019 and was similar to historical run-timing.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

Coho Salmon
Buskin River

The BEG for Buskin River coho salmon is 4,700-9,600 fish and the 2019 weir count was 5,537 salmon, though escapement estimates subtract sport harvest above the weir and will be lower than the weir count. The run was very late and almost all fish were counted in the last few days of September and first few days of October. Coho salmon are still entering the Buskin River though the weir has been pulled for the season.

Management Actions

On September 18, 2019, coho salmon fishing closed on the Buskin River drainage.

On October 4, 2019, the Buskin River drainage reopened to coho salmon fishing with the regular bag limit of 1 fish per day and in possession.

Olds River

The lower bound SEG for Olds River coho salmon is 1,000 fish and the 2019 run is ongoing. The 2019 run is expected to be above the range and the run appears to be normal, though the Olds River was also affected by low water conditions for much of August and September. The latest drone survey showed that there were significant schools of fish in many of the pools in the lower river. The Olds River coho salmon run is assessed via in season drone surveys and post season foot surveys. Final escapement estimates will be documented via post season foot surveys in October or November.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

American River

The lower bound SEG for American River coho salmon is 400 fish and the 2019 run is ongoing. The 2019 run is expected to be above the range and the run appears average to strong so far. The latest drone survey was not able to detect coho salmon due to a large number of pink salmon in the river but on the ground observations show significant numbers of coho salmon mixed in with pink salmon. The American River coho salmon run is assessed via in season drone surveys and post season foot surveys. Final escapement estimates will be documented via post season foot surveys in October or November.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions have been implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

Pasagshak River - Preliminary Summary

The lower bound SEG for Pasagshak River coho salmon is 1,200 fish and the 2019 run is ongoing. The 2019 run is expected to be above the range and recent observations indicate a strong run. The latest drone survey showed several large schools of coho salmon in Lake Rose Tead. The Pasagshak River coho salmon run is assessed via in season drone surveys and post season foot surveys. Final escapement estimates will be documented via post season foot surveys in November.

Management Actions

To date, no management actions have been implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

See the printable PDF version, which includes a table of Region II Escapement Goals and Escapements (2010-2019).