Kodiak Island is crisscrossed by streams and lakes that are excellent for fishing and range from easy-access to totally remote. Species in this watershed include steelhead, Dolly Varden, rainbow trout, halibut, lingcod, rockfish, and king, silver, red, chum, coho, and pink salmon. If King or Chinook salmon is what you’re angling for, you can try your luck in the Remote Area fisheries, in Monashka Creek beach in Monashka Bay, the Olds River or the American River, or even troll in saltwater.
Made more famous by the show “Deadliest Catch,” the second-largest island in the United States is an outdoor paradise with various fishing options. Two-thirds of the island is a national wildlife refuge and home to the Kodiak bear and king crab.
Staying at a fishing lodge will immerse you in the fishing wonderland. Many have charters into the sea, or ATV trips into the wilderness. Catch a deep-sea fishing charter one day for halibut or cod; head out to a stream the next day for freshwater fish. Whether you are a experienced or novice angler, the guides will accommodate your needs.
Close to town, several parks and rivers are available for fishing. Mill Bay Beach Park has pink and silver salmon from July to September. Buskin River has three types of salmon and is extremely popular. If you’ve got kids, Fort Abercrombie is stocked with fish.
Camping is available at the Pasagshak and Buskin Rivers. Head there in July and August to catch sockeye. Trout is prevalent as well.
Kodiak Island Fish:
Kodiak Island boat ramps:
The following boat ramps provide access to Kodiak Island.