Area Sport Fishing Reports
Kodiak/Alaska Peninsula

fish Scales
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 2,961 king salmon. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 20, 2021, which is similar to historical run timing. The Ayakulik River king salmon run has seen declines since 2006 and was designated as a stock of concern by the Board of Fisheries in 2020. 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, 2021, closed king salmon fishing on the Ayakulik River drainage and only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure was allowed.

Table 1. Summary of preliminary harvest and escapement, Ayakulik River king salmon fishery, 2021.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 4,800-8,400
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 2,961
Preliminary Escapement 2,961
 
Karluk River

The king salmon run was below the BEG of 3,000 - 7,000 fish with a weir count of 2,796 king salmon. The Karluk River king salmon run has been below the BEG most of the last 20 years; however, recent escapements were within the BEG until 2021. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 25, 2021, which is later than historical run-timing. The Karluk River has 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, 2021, closed the Karluk River drainage to sport 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, 2021.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 3,000 to 7,000
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 2,796
Preliminary Escapement 2,796
 
Chignik River

The king salmon run fell just below the BEG of 1,300 - 2,700 fish with a weir count of 1,172 king salmon and was similar to the previous several years where the Chignik River has seen small returns of both king salmon and sockeye salmon. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 21, 2021, which is similar to historical run timing.

Management Actions

On July 14, 2021, the Chignik River was closed to king salmon fishing and only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure was allowed.

Table 3. Summary of preliminary harvest and escapement, Chignik River king salmon fishery, 2021.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 1,300-2,700
Estimated Total Harvest 100
Weir Count 1,172
Preliminary Escapement 1,072
 
Nelson River

The 2021 weir count for king salmon was 4,539 fish. This is above the BEG of 2,400 - 4,400 salmon. There is no retention in this fishery throughout the season based on regulations enacted in 2011. The mid-point of the run occurred on July 5, 2021, which is earlier than historical run timing.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2021 sport fishery season.

Table 4. Summary of preliminary catch, harvest and escapement, Nelson River king salmon fishery, 2021.
Escapement Goal Range BEG = 2,400 to 4,400
Total Catch TBD
Total Harvest 0
Weir Count 4,539
Preliminary Escapement 4,539
 
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 very low returns this year and there was little harvest in this fishery for the fifth year in a row. Returns to the Olds River were the strongest, but much fewer than expected and just a few were caught by anglers. Very few fish were observed at the American River or reported harvested. Salonie Creek also had few fish return as well and very few harvested. Egg take goals were not met this year. To compensate for this shortfall, coho salmon will be stocked to supplement king salmon production. The 2021 king salmon egg take spawned 14 pairs which should produce about 60,000 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 2021 sport fishery season.

Sockeye Salmon
Karluk River

The early sockeye salmon run fell below the BEG of 150,000 - 250,000 fish with a weir count of 128,373 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 2021 sport fishery season.

Ayakulik River

The early sockeye salmon run fell within the BEG of 140,000 - 280,000 fish with a weir count of 265,756 sockeye salmon. Harvest of sockeye salmon by anglers on the Ayakulik River 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

On June 23, 2021, the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon was increased to 10 fish in the Ayakulik River.

Dog Salmon (Frazer) River

The sockeye salmon run was above the BEG of 75,000 - 170,000 fish with a count of 186,632 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 2021 sport fishery season.

Buskin River

The sockeye salmon run was below the BEG of 5,000 - 8,000 fish with a weir count of 2,230 sockeye salmon. This was the lowest weir count on record for this run. 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 July 20, 2021, which is much later than historical run timing.

Management Actions

On June 15, 2021, fishing for sockeye salmon in the Buskin River was closed.

Saltery Cove

The sockeye salmon run was above the BEG of 15,000 - 35,000 fish with a weir count of 64,602 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 27, 2021, which is later than historical run timing. This is the largest freshwater sport fishery on Kodiak by harvest for a single stock. The 2021 run was one of the largest on record and likely benefitted from the very wet conditions prevalent in the 2021 season.

Management Actions

On July 24, 2021, the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits was increased to 10 fish in the Saltery River.

Pasagshak River

The sockeye salmon run was above the lower bound sustainable escapement goal (SEG) of 3,000 fish with a weir count of 8,551 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 23, 2021, which is similar to historical run timing.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2021 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 31,997 sockeye salmon. The mid-point of the run occurred on June 19, 2021, and was similar to historical run timing.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2021 sport fishery season.

Coho Salmon
Buskin River - Preliminary Summary

The BEG for Buskin River coho salmon is 4,700 - 9,600 fish and the 2021 weir count was 7,919. The mid-point of the run occurred on September 8, 2021, which was earlier than historical run-timing and much earlier than the previous 5 years.

Management Actions

On September 16, 2021, the coho salmon bag and possession limits were increased to two fish in the Buskin River drainage.

Olds River - Preliminary Summary

The lower bound SEG for Olds River coho salmon is 500 fish and the 2021 run is ongoing. The 2021 run is expected to be above the range and the run appears to be strong, though no surveys have been conducted yet and reports are from staff and angler observations only. The Olds River coho salmon run is assessed via in season drone surveys, though conditions were poor for surveys this season. Final escapement estimates will be documented via post season foot surveys in late October or November.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2021 sport fishery season.

American River - Preliminary Summary

The lower bound SEG for American River coho salmon is 400 fish and the 2021 run is ongoing. The 2021 run is expected to be above the range and the run appears average so far. The American River coho salmon run is assessed via in season drone surveys though survey conditions have been poor this season. Final escapement estimates will be documented via post season foot surveys in late October or November.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2021 sport fishery season.

Pasagshak River - Preliminary Summary

The lower bound SEG for Pasagshak River coho salmon is 1,200 fish and the 2021 run is ongoing. The 2021 run is expected to be above the range and recent observations indicate a strong run. The latest drone survey counted 6,215 coho salmon in Lake Rose Tead. The Pasagshak River coho salmon run is assessed via in season drone surveys though only one survey was able to be conducted this season. Final escapement estimates will be documented via post season foot surveys in November.

Management Actions

On September 24, 2021, the bag and possession limits for coho salmon was increased to two fish in the Pasagshak River drainage.

See the printable PDF version, which includes a table of Region II Escapement Goals and Escapements (2010-2020).