Alaska Fishing

Remote Fishing Kodiak Alaska

Remote Kodiak Alaska Fishing
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Kodiak Remote Fishing Information

The reason those areas not found within the Kodiak Alaska Road System are called ‘remote’ is because they are. These areas cover most of the island and cannot be reached by car. In most cases you will need to charter a boat or in some cases a plane or helicopter to get to them. Many of the people running the guided trips are some of the most interesting in the community and provide a memorable experience on their own.

All five varieties of salmon are available in these remote areas as well as Dolly Vardon and Steelhead Trout. It should be noted that the salmon runs in the remote areas don’t begin until around June so, most of these guided charters don’t operate until then. Also, due to the relatively short season but high popularity of these trips, charter arrangements should be made 6 months to a year in advance to ensure you can get out there.

The best places to fish for salmon in the remote areas are the Karluk river system; which includes Karluk River, Karluk Lagoon and Karluk Lake; and the Ayakulik River system; which includes Bare Creek and Ayakulik Lagoon.

Fishing in the Karluk River System

To get to the Karluk river system you can either travel to Karluk Village via boat or wheel plane and then fish the lagoon or the lower river, or you can take a float plane to Karluk Lake and then float down through the Portage to the lagoon. This second route takes about 24 hours float from the Lake to the Lagoon and that figure does not include stopping to fish or camp. This is great, because you could potentially spend a couple of days floating down river, fishing and camping. Also, it should be stated that if you plan on fishing the lower 3 miles of the Karluk river and the lagoon, the Karluk Tribal Council, and the Koniag Native Association own most of the land here. Both have been known to charge a fee for use of their lands in that area. So you if you are planning a trip here, you may want to check the land ownership status of the areas you are planning on using for camping or fishing to see if there is a fee associated with using that area.

You can also get an Alaskan fishing guide to take you down. The Koniag Native Association website indicates fees run about $150.00 per person per day for guided fishing land use. There are also cabins available for use in this area, so you have options if you don’t feel like “roughing it”. Alaskan Brown Bears (aka Kodiak Bears) are common in this area so many fisherman bring a shot gun or other large caliber rifle for protection. Usually, the bears are not very interested in people during the salmon runs as they have plenty to eat. Regardless, extreme caution should be exercised when around these giants of the forest.

Koniag Native Association phone number for this area: Karluk Tribal Council - Karluk - 907-241-2218

Kodiak and Karluk Area Run Timings

King Salmon runs are peak between June 15th and July 1st for this area. Sockeye Salmon are available from around July 10th to August 1st. Pink Salmon (Humpies) are available from July 20th to August 20th. Coho (Silvers) run from August 15th to September 30th. Dolly Varden, Rainbow and Steelhead trout are available year round.

Ayakulik River Salmon Fishing

As to the Ayakulik river system, all salmon runs are during the same periods and similar fees may be charged by owners of the land in that area. To get here, most fishermen take a float plane to Ayakulik and then disembark near Bare creek. From here they camp on the shore or float further down for camping and then get picked up by float plane at the lagoon. Camping in this area is somewhat limited so it is recommended that you arrange early enough to ensure you will get the camping you need.

Dog Salmon Creek and Frazer Lake Fishing

The last place commonly fished in these remote areas is the Dog Salmon Creek which includes the Frazer Lake. Here, it i prohibited to fish for King Salmon, and there are few steel head trout; however, there is an abundance of Sockeyes, Humpies and Coho as well as Chum Salmon. Dolly Varden are also rather abundant in this area. Again, bears are common to this area, so if you see any, use your head and stay out of their way. If you stay away from them they will usually leave you alone. Again, charter planes or boats are the only way to get here so make sure you plan ahead. The salmon runs correspond to the dates for the Karluk and Ayakulik river systems.

Geoffrey Deshazer
Alaska Fishing Contributor


Visiting other towns in the Western Alaska? Here are more places to look for Alaska fishing information on this remote paradise:

Kodiak : Remote Kodiak : Kodiak Road System : Bristol Bay : Dillingham : Dutch Harbor : Bethel

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