When you return to your apartment with an aching back, sore arms, hungry, and tired, you know it was not only a fun day on the river, but a great day of fishing for big fish. The fishing in Kodiak never disappoints. The island is surrounded by some of the most incredible fisheries in the country.
We arrived in Kodiak at the end of August with hopes of catching some big silver salmon out of the rivers. We are a little early for the big silver run, but there always seems to be a few for us to warm-up on to prepare for the silvers coming in from the ocean in mid-September. The rivers are a little low this year, so we need some rain to help push the silvers into the rivers.
We have fished several of the rivers throughout this week, including the American River where we caught a couple nice silvers and dolly varden. We have also fished the Olds River, Rose Tead Lake, and the Roslyn River with some success catching silver salmon, chum salmon, pink salmon, sockeye salmon and dolly varden.
We drove down to the Chiniak River, one of our favorites; however, the culvert was missing and road construction was being done to repair the road. A local guy told us there was a big rain storm last October and washed the culvert out. There were still fish in the river, but we only saw pink salmon at this time. Hopefully, the silvers move in later this month.
We found a great little gem called Rose Tead Lake as we were leaving the Pasagshak River. We enjoy watching the anglers try for salmon in the ocean and patiently wait for the tide to catch them in the river. The lake is a few miles up from the mouth of the Pasagshak River, with parking on the side of the road. We caught a few sockeyes, silvers, dolly varden and pink salmon. This was a nice open place for multiple anglers. It’s a fun place for the angler who is not focused on only catching his/her silver limit for the day.
We were super excited to catch a colorful sockeye salmon from Rose Tead Lake to get measurements, good pictures, and have a replica made to place on our wall at home. These fish are not good to eat at this point, but WOW, such stunning colors and fun to see. When the sockeye salmon turns red with a green head, they are near the end of their life and their focus is on spawning. They change colors to attract a spawning mate and then die within a few weeks of spawning. Their life span is approximately five years.
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