Kodiak Island’s Salmon fishing is done on the Ayakulik River. It is the perfect Alaskan fishing destination to catch big Salmon. The sheer numbers and size of the Salmon shock even the most travelled of fly anglers. Each year the Ayakulik River has a strong return of King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Sockeye Salmon and Pink Salmon as well as a migration of Steelhead and Arctic Char.
The Ayakulik River on Kodiak Island is 30 yards wide with depths of between 3 to 4 feet deep and some stunning pools every 200 yards. This is a slow-moving, clear stream characterized by a series of pools and riffles running over gravel and rocky beds. The crystal- clear water and the lack of vegetation on the banks make it one of the most spectacular rivers for Salmon fishing. The Ayakulik River Camp surrounded by beauty in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. This provides seclusion and a peaceful environment to fully enjoy an Alaskan experience without the crowds.
The fishing season on Kodiak Island begins in early June as the Sockeye Salmon return to the Ayakulik River to complete their life-cycle. Our customers have learnt the Sockeye Salmon are the most explosive of all the Pacific Salmon species and are worthy of pursuit with their average size being 6lb. During June the King Salmon also return to the Ayakulik River. July is when we find our customers have caught the best King Salmon with species averaging around 25lbs.
Towards the end of July into mid-August the fishing is extremely fast and action-packed due to Silver Salmon and King Salmon both being highly concentrated in the bait fish spawning grounds. As August progresses the Coho and Silver Salmon begin to mature and by mid-September there are upwards of 30,000 chrome-plated Coho in the Ayakulik River.
You will be in very capable hands, the lodges team will take care of everything you need so all you have to think about is catching fish until your heart is content.
The guides at this destination have all fished the area many years and have a great knowledge of the surrounding rivers. The guides at this destination all speak good English.
Kodiak Island’s wildlife is phenomenal, especially during the month of July and August where you can go bear viewing. If you are a keen photographer, you will be awe-struck by the opportunities this destination offers.