Kodiak Island is the perfect Alaskan Fishing Vacation destination for the traveling sportsman that is willing to get off the beaten path and leave the over-traveled roadways behind!
If you are one of the few traveling anglers that take the extra steps to find that out-of-the-way location that others overlook, or find it appealing because it takes a little more time to get there, Kodiak Wilderness Adventures is your ideal destination!
We kick off the summer fishing season on Kodiak Island in early June as the sockeye salmon, also known as reds, return to the Kodiak Island rivers to complete their life-cycle and perpetuate this incredible circle.
These fish average around 6 pounds and are the most explosive of all the Pacific salmon species. Our guests at Kodiak Island enjoy fishing clear-running salmon streams flowing into the Gulf of Alaska, and soon learn these chromatic torpedo-like dynamos are truly worthy of pursuit.
Any expert or novice with a fly rod in their hands can rack up some incredible numbers of catch and release once the proper technique has been adapted.
June is also the month that marks the return of the king salmon to their respective rivers throughout Alaska. Kodiak Wilderness Adventures’ distinct location on Kodiak Island affords our guests the unique opportunity to intercept these king salmon while trolling from our 40-foot custom-built fishing boat as the kings pass by the island.
There are several classes of king salmon in our local water at any given time throughout the calendar year.
In July, our efforts are concentrated on the larger fish that follow bait fish into the shallows. This is when we find our best king salmon fishing of the calendar year. Feeder kings are typically three-year-old fish generally average around 20 to 25 pounds. A sports fisherman is allowed to take two king salmon per day while fishing the saltwater on Kodiak Island with no annual limit. (5 days of fishing = as many as 10 king salmon in your boxes to take home!)
Late July and into mid August the silver salmon and king salmon are both highly concentrated in the bait fish spawning grounds. During these periods the fishing is extremely fast and action-packed. The wildlife viewing is phenomenal during the entire month of July and on through August. Our Guests are often awestruck at the site of Humpback whales breaching the surface of the ocean with their entire 40-ton bodies exposed in full flight before crashing back into the water with a thunderous BOOM!
In late August we again turn our efforts towards the rivers and tidal areas where they pour out into salty estuaries that harbor juvenile salmon.
The coho or silver salmon runs begin to mature during August and by mid-month, we find ourselves frequenting at least one of a half-dozen different river systems each day that we will visit throughout the duration of the run. The run lasts about six weeks on a normal year.
We start our efforts out in saltwater areas of bays, spin casting into the schools of jumping fish and progressing to brackish areas as each run matures, then follow the numbers into the holding pools. This truly acrobatic species of Pacific salmon waits for the river waters to rise to the perfect flow before pushing up through the rushing fresh water of the system and into the spawning grounds of the lake that feeds it.
Rockfish and Halibut grounds are as always on the way to our favorite salmon streams and the king salmon trolling remains a constant opportunity. We approach the opportunities aggressively as they present themselves to us.