Kodiak Fishing Charters
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Whether you’re an avid fly fisherman looking to wet your line in a remote river, or a wannabe salty dog in search of a trophy halibut, the rich ocean waters and rivers of Kodiak Island are the perfect place for a fishing trip. Renowned as the base for boats in the show Deadliest Catch, Kodiak is a fishing town, with openings every month but December and an annual catch worth $130 million. Rich ocean currents, pristine ecosystems, and successful management all play a part in this bounty. So go ahead, drop a line. From remote destinations to roadside beaches, there are a number of fishing options for experienced anglers, novices, and families.
Kodiak has lots of options for deep-sea fishing, from remote lodges with daily fishing trips to in-town departures for the half-day. You can troll for king salmon, anchor up and jig for halibut or cod, or drift for black bass. You’ll pay more for a charter trip (for the boat, the gear, the guide, and the gasoline), but you’ll also have expert help. You’ll also be out on the water, where you’ll have the chance to see whales, seals, sea lions, and puffins.
If you’re considering a trip to Kodiak Island specifically for fishing, you might be better off visiting a lodge. Often times all-inclusive, these lodges offer you the chance to spend anywhere from several days to a week, taking advantage of the location for freshwater or saltwater fishing. It will be a true immersion into the Alaska wilderness, as most lodges have wildlife-viewing trips and other charter options, including ATV rides or sea kayaking. Here, too, your meals are cooked for you, you have a place to dry out, and you get to share fish stories around the table or bar each night.
If you don’t have your sea legs, prefer fly fishing, or want a more affordable fishing option, consider trying out one of Kodiak’s many rivers. Salmon runs pick up in July, and you’ll find good fishing on rivers and in tidal estuaries throughout the summer. And if you’re looking for a spot for the kids, consider the stocked lake at Fort Abercrombie.
Mill Bay Beach Park - Close to town, this beach is popular for pink and silver salmon from July to September.
Russian Creek , Salonie Creek & American River - These three rivers, in close proximity on Chiniak Drive, have excellent fishing from July through September. Inquire locally as to what flies or lures to use, and for the strength of the run.
Buskin River - This river and estuary make up one of the most productive fisheries on the roads around Kodiak. So try your hand at salmon fishing, casting for Sockeye, Coho, and Pink Salmon. Pinks have gained fame in the Buskin because of the annual Pink Salmon Derby that draws anglers in droves. They'll line up shoulder to shoulder to hook a “humpy”. If you're looking for a uniquely Alaskan fishing experience, this may be just the ticket.
The Pasagshak River - This river flows past a primitive campsite (first-come basis, free) and empties into the bay. Only three miles long, the river is fed by Lake Rose Tead, which is a prime spawning area for sockeye salmon. The river also has runs of pink, chum, and silver salmon, as well as Dolly Varden. Fly fishermen love the challenge of fishing in the tidally-influenced lower stretch of the river; but spinner or fly caster, you’ll find good game in this stream, particularly in July and August.
Finding a Guide
If you want to fish with a guide, you’ll find plenty of pros who offer transport to remote rivers or roadside attractions.
From Kodiak Island to the Katmai coast, Kingfisher Aviation will customize each trip, making for an intensely personal experience. Their most popular excursion includes a flight to a bear-viewing hotspot, where you can see 8 to 10 bears swiping at salmon swimming upstream. Kingfisher also offers shorter scenic flightseeing tours without the bear-viewing stop.