Southwest

The most prized fish in the area are the trophy-sized rainbow trout though the area offers some of the finest sportfishing in the world. Salmon fishing is resilient in the river systems throughout the region.

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Good Fishing Locations

Afognak River - Located 32 air miles from Kodiak. Fishing for Dolly Varden is strong most the summer with various salmon runs intertwining.

Buskin River -Located on Kodiak Island and accessible by road from the city. Various runs active from June through October.

Egegik River System - Located 40 miles south of King Salmon and is accessible by air service. Five species of salmon are found in this drainage.

Iliamna Lake - Alaska’s largest lake helps to support the largest red salmon run in the world. Timing is very critical, particularly for those wanting a specific species. Accommodations in the area range from shelters to luxurious lodges.

Karluk River - Located 75 miles southwest of Kodiak. Peak run is mid-June to end of June for King Salmon, many other species can be caught in the river.

Naknek River System - Located near King Salmon with a large portion of the system located with in the Katmai National Park. Five species of salmon can be caught here among other species of fish. This is a great location for those operating on a limited budget.

Managed Areas

  • Kodiak
  • Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands
  • Bristol Bay

There are 11 managed sportfishing areas in Alaska, each with varying possession and bag limits. To obtain a current copy of Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary contact:

Department of Fish & Game
Box 3-2000
Juneau, AK 99802