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Sport Fishing Holiday on Kodiak Island

Written by: Posted on: December 31, 1969 at 7:00PMPosted in: Main Topic

Fishing Holidays on Kodiak Island: Far From Ordinary

by Amy Hancock of 


Kodiak Island is a wilderness paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Imagine snow-capped mountains, emerald hills, lush forests, raging rivers and deep blue seas teaming with fish! If you’re looking for an unforgettable Alaska fishing vacation that is far from the crowds, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and abundant with game fish, you’re going to love it here.

Kodiak Island is only accessible by boat or by plane and the road system is minimal. There are several fly-in fishing lodges and resorts that can take you to productive fishing grounds for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. These fishing resorts are isolated, allowing you to take in the dramatic landscape as you fish in the ocean or on one of Kodiak Island’s lakes or rivers.

Saltwater Fishing

There are many deep and protected inlets along the shorelines of Kodiak Island, providing shelter to sportfishing boats from the open ocean. Many of these areas are home to salmon spawning runs as well as baitfish runs. If the salmon are not spawning themselves, they are attracted to the baitfish in the area and are hungry! You can catch King, Silver, Sockeye and Chum salmon anywhere along the coastline, depending on the time of year they are spawning. Your fishing guide will be able to give you more information on the best time to fish for each specific species.

Halibut fishing is also very productive around Kodiak Island. Anglers travel here to try their luck at a "barn-door" halibut, with many weighing around the 100-pound mark. Halibut are available year-round, but are most productive, and maybe even bigger, in July and August. Since many salmon runs are happening at this time, you can go for both types of fish on your Alaska fishing holiday. You can also expect to catch a variety of rockfish and ling cod.

Freshwater Fishing

There are some great fishing lakes and rivers located along the road system on Kodiak Island. There are more than a dozen rivers and streams accessible by road, with trail heads for over 20 lakes you can walk into. Along the less-than 100 miles of road on the island, you’ll only find four boat launch ramps. Some sites are stocked with Coho and Rainbow trout.

If you’re looking for something a little more remote, a fly-in fishing resort can provide access to more isolated and productive areas for trout and freshwater salmon fishing. If you’re an avid fly-fishing angler, Kodiak Island will not disappoint.

Two rivers that are renowned for epic fly-fishing are the Ayakulik and Karluk Rivers. Surrounded by Alaska’s purest wilderness, you can expect to catch Sockeye salmon. They are plentiful when they return to spawn in the summer months. Dolly Varden and Rainbow trout can also be found in these rivers and their tributaries in the early spring and summer and again in the fall.

If you’re new to fly-fishing, fishing for Pink salmon can be very rewarding. Pink salmon start to run in August and can be found in almost every waterway on the island. These fish are great in numbers, hungry and easy to hook. You’ll have your work cut out for you, pulling in one fish after another!

Planning Your Fishing Trip

There are many fly-in fishing lodges and resorts that can give you access to some of the best salt and freshwater fishing in the region. There are also a number of saltwater fishing charters available from island communities that offer half-day, full-day or multi-day fishing charters. If you want to hire a local guide for fishing along Kodiak Island’s road system, you can hire local fishing guides to take you to some of the best spots.

When planning your trip, be sure to get a proper fishing permit. It’s important to be able to identify the species of fish you are catching and to abide by local regulations and be aware of any closures. Fish on!


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