Kodiak Fishing Report From ADFG

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Kodiak Fishing Report

September 28, 2022

ADF&G News

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Freshwater Fishing 

  • Coho fishing is still pretty slow with a few fish being caught at the Olds primarily. With rain in the forecast over the next week, fishing should pick up, however, most coho runs are lackluster this season.
  • Buskin weir counts are still well behind and it is not likely to achieve the escapement goal and reopen for coho fishing.
  • Some silvers are being caught at Mill Bay and Mission Beach still and they seem to be having decent returns.
  • Monashka Bay still has very few coho salmon. Some jumpers were reported in the bay last week, but returns are looking poor.

Saltwater Fishing 

  • No new reports of king salmon fishing have come in.
  • Halibut and lingcod fishing has been good with both being reported caught near the Fingers and around Kalsin Reef.
  • Rockfish are still plentiful in most areas. See the emergency order below for more info for nonresident limits.
    • Check your 2022 Southwest Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for species identification information.
    • The use of a deepwater release mechanism is required on all sportfishing vessels in Alaska and they must be used to release rockfish back down to a depth of capture or 100 feet, whichever is shallower. Ever heard of the deepwater release? Check out our webpage for more info.

Local Lakes 

Fall is a great time to fish stocked lakes and some of the less traveled lakes can be great fall fishing options. Horseshoe and Dragonfly, on Cliff Point, both can have great fishing. They are both secluded but are just a short hike from the road.

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-SS-4-67-22 closed the Buskin River drainage to sport fishing for coho salmon. This emergency order is in effect through 11:59 pm Saturday, December 31, 2022.
  • Emergency Order 2-RS-4-58-22 increases the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Saltery River to 10 per day.
  • Emergency Order 2-RS-4-42-22 reopens the Buskin River drainage for sockeye salmon fishing.
  • Emergency Order 2-RF-4-16-22 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. This emergency order is in effect through 11:59 pm. Saturday, December 31, 2022.

Don’t forget to purchase your 2022 sport fishing license and king stamp! You can purchase your 2022 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, advisory announcements, and the 2022 Southwest Alaska 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.