Area Sport Fishing Reports
July 26, 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.
- Pasagshak and Saltery sockeye salmon runs are still going strong and both rivers saw a really good push of fish over the weekend. Saltery limits have been increased to 10 per day, while Pasagshak is still two per day. See the emergency order below for more info.
- Litnik is getting very near the end of the sockeye salmon run but is still seeing some fish come in. Pink and coho salmon will be showing up any day now.
- There still have been few kings seen in the Olds, American, and Salonie, and ADF&G continues to be on the rivers daily collecting what fish there are for broodstock.
- Pinks are in the Buskin and several others roadside rivers and are very bright still. As we turn the corner to August, many fish will start turning towards their spawning colors and as such will not be as good eating or fighting as they are now. Look for the best fishing as the tide comes in or off the beaches near river mouths.
- King fishing continues to be excellent with the hot spots near Buoy 4 and between Woody and Long. Fish are mostly in the 10-20lb. range but the larger fish have been caught around Woody Island. A few kings have been picked up near the old dock by the camp at Woody as well.
- Anglers trolling near Buoy 4 and between Woody and Long report some coho and pink salmon in the area too. Word is there are a lot of pinks, but you can find some cohos if you sift through the pink salmon.
- Halibut fishing continues to be good as well and fish seem relatively easy to find. The most consistent spots are Williams Reef, Kodiak Rocks, Buoy 4 area, and between Woody and Long islands.
- Lingcod is still abundant at most rockpiles in Chiniak Bay and anglers are reporting easy limits of lingcod. Many folks have been reporting catching lots of small lingcod in the 3-7lb. range but are able to pick through them to find larger fish.
- No new reports of hot rainbow fishing have come in from our stocked lakes, but now is a great time to take a hike up to Caroline, Aurel, or Cicely lakes in Bells Flats. It’s a 15-20 minute hike up and all three lakes are accessible from the trail. Some of our largest fish have been caught in Caroline Lake even though it’s the smallest lake we stock!
- 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.