Kodiak Island is one of our favorite Alaskan fishing destinations. So we did our homework to find the best fishing captain based out of the town of Kodiak. We think we did pretty well! Our team was test-fishing with him and his crew in 2017. So now we make it an annual hosted trip.
In over two decades in the outdoor consulting industry, Wildfish Expeditions owner Jim Riley can count on one hand the number of outfitted adventures that he offered as an “a la carte” type trip. I usually arrange trips that include meals, lodging, guides, etc. The works! However, this Captain concentrates just on the unreal fishing that Kodiak offers. What is great about this is you and your group can build a trip based on World-Class fishing. We will assist you will all logistics, help you find a place to stay that is close to the marina, and see that your fish is processed. The processing is the best we have seen in Alaska.
The fishing in and around Kodiak Island is often left out of the discussion as anglers travel to the high tourist-populated areas of Homer, Seward, Soldotna, and Kenai, to name a handful! Those places can produce excellent fishing results but travel just a little further, and you can be on remote Kodiak!
The Waters Around Kodiak!
Kodiak offers superb fishing for five species of salmon (king, red, silver, chum, and pink) halibut, rockfish, lingcod, Dolly Varden, steelhead, and rainbow trout.
You will be fishing with our choice of top Captain in the city of Kodiak. You will begin your day early in the morning. Depending on tide and weather conditions you will either start your fishing day pursuing halibut and rockfish or going after salmon.
Since halibut are bottom hunters you will be dropping heavy weights baited with fresh cut bait. Another very productive method is to jig with large plastics or metal jigs. Hang on as these beasts of the deep want nothing more than to make you give up the fight!
Next up is salmon fishing. Trolling is often the go-to method unless you locate a large school feasting on herring. Then it’s time to try a new tactic! Mooching is a great way to catch salmon. A cut herring is slowly let down into the school and retrieved slowly back to the boat. When a salmon hits be ready for big runs and acrobatics!
SPECIES WE TARGET
Halibut are abundant around Kodiak Island, and sport fishing is excellent from late April through early September. Halibut are usually in deeper water during the winter months and migrate into shallower water during the spring and summer.
Kodiak offers superb fishing for five species of salmon (king, red, silver, chum, and pink). Our top picks to take home and eat are the kings and silvers.
More than 30 species of rockfish are found in Kodiak salt waters, and all bite readily. Rockfish live to be over 100 years old. Unfortunately, they are also slow-growing and slow to reproduce. The most commonly caught around Kodiak include dark, dusky, and yellow-eye rockfish.
Lingcod are large fish with ferocious teeth and are excellent table fare. Average-sized lingcod harvested in Kodiak are 3 feet long and weigh 20 pounds.
Our partner and Captain and his crew on Kodiak Island operate two of the most fish-catching vessels in Alaska!
The Wildfish Expeditions team partners with this operation for our hosted trip each year.
For 2023 we were completely full. We may have a few spots open in 2024. This is a great way to save some money if you are a group of two or three anglers. We share the costs on the lodging and rental car and get exclusive use of the boats.
Kodiak is 3,670 square miles making it Alaska’s largest island. Kodiak is considered to be a sportsperson’s paradise. Quality hunting and fishing adventures are in no short supply! The Kodiak brown bear is one of the famous residents of Kodiak. The bear is unique to Kodiak and considered one of the biggest brown bear sub-species in the World! Joining the bear on Kodiak are Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, and reindeer. The bear is the only indigenous of the four species that now call Kodiak home.
When you are fishing you will also be on one of the World’s greatest wildlife tours! Simply breathtaking may best describe your charter around the Kodiak area. Here there is an abundance of wildlife including Bears, Mountain Goats, Deer, Bald Eagles, three different color phases of Fox, Otter, Beaver, and Ermine.
Shifting your view from land to the sea you will witness an abundance of Sea Otters, Sea Lions, several species of Whales, and a multitude of Sea birds including Puffins and Eiders.
ACCOMMODATIONS & CUISINE
Wildfish Expeditions does not offer a food and lodging package in the town of Kodiak. What we do is offer the best guide service and assist our clients in choosing the best lodging option for their party. Over the years we have found out this is the most affordable way to enjoy Kodiak Islands’ amazing fishery.
In regards to lodging, once you arrange your trip, we will provide a list of accommodations we recommend.
If you prefer an all-inclusive package, we have remote lodges on Kodiak that specialize in this type of trip.
Our hosted fishing packages include the best lodges that Kodiak offers, along with new truck rentals for each group. That allows our group to fish the rivers in the evening.
2024 Hosted Trip! We have worked out all the details!
2024 Hosted Trip Price: $2175.00 PP
- Excellent Lodging
- Transfers to fishing, restaurants, and rivers
- Three days of professionally guided fishing. Each boat has a Captain and First Mate.
- Exclusive use of boats by our group
- All rods, reels, bait, and tackle
- Drink and snacks on the boat
- Last day MEGA fish fry!
- Professional consultation from our staff throughout the trip-planning process
JUly 25 to July 31 – 2024
- Flights to Kodiak
- Tips each day for Captain & Mate
- Fishing License and King Stamp
- Fish Processing