FISH KODIAK ALASKA
HAPPY HOOKER CHARTERS
KING SALMON (CHINOOK)
BAG LIMIT: 2/DAY, NO ANNUAL LIMIT IN SALTWATER
King Salmon feed year long around Kodiak Island, with the summer months being the prime time to target this beautiful, tasty fish. Fresh wild King Salmon are the largest of all species of Pacific Salmon, having the highest omega-3 oil content, rich flavors, and a velvety, melt-in-your-mouth texture. The anticipation of landing a King can be a lot, but prepare to have your rods start screaming as these fish are notorious for peeling line off the reel!
BAG LIMIT: 2/DAY, 4 ANNUALLY
Halibut are a highly sought after lean fish with mild, sweet tasting white flesh, large flakes and a firm but tender texture. The best eaters are the ones 20-40lbs, while trophy sized halibut range from 100-200+ pounds. These weird looking fish are abundant around Kodiak between May to October. We typically find these fish at the bottom of the ocean floor in fairly shallow waters, 80-180 feet deep. You'll definitely know when you have a halibut on the end of your line, as these fish are durable and put up a great fight!
SILVER SALMON (COHO)
BAG LIMIT: 2-5/DAY, NO ANNUAL LIMIT
Silver Salmon typically begin to show up in Kodiak towards the end of July, peak the third week of August, and is typically over before the end of September. The average Kodiak Silver weighs 7 pounds, although hogs up to 16 pounds are occasionally taken. Fresh wild Silver Salmon have a milder flavor, and make for a great smoking fish!
BAG LIMIT: 2/DAY, SEASON JULY 1-DECEMBER 31
Lingcod are territorial fish that like to inhabit rocky reefs and are notorious for being aggressive feeders. Expect these guys to strike your jig hard and heavy! Lingcod are voracious predators and can grow to weigh over 80 pounds and measure 60 inches in length. They have large mouths, and razor sharp teeth! Lingcod is a tastsy lean white meat fish with a mild flavor profile, medium-firm texture and large flakes, making it perfect for your next fish fry!
BLACK ROCK FISH
BAG LIMIT: 3-5/DAY
Black Rockfish are abundant around Kodiak, and tend to pool up in large schools over rugged, rocky bottoms. Fishing for these guys is almost like fishing in a barrel! Once these fish are triggered into a feeding frenzy, they gradually rise closer to the surface making them quicker to catch. Black Rockfish have a similar flavor profile to their Yellow Eye cousins.
BAG LIMIT: 2/DAY, COUNTED IN DAILY ROCK FISH LIMIT
Some of the rare species of kodiak rockfish include the China Rockfish, Tiger Rock fish, and Quillback Rockfish
BAG LIMIT: 1/DAY, COUNTED IN DAILY ROCK FISH LIMIT
Yellow Eye Rockfish are Alaska's most well-known and prized rockfish species. Individuals have been known to grow up to 36 inches which makes them one of the largest of rockfish species. These brightly colored orange-redish fish live up to be 121 years old, and are typically found in deeper waters between 200-250 feet. Yellow Eye are another lean, flaky white meat fish with a mild, sweet flavor.
PACIFIC GREY COD
NO DAILY CATCH LIMITS
If you've had fish & chips before, chances are you've already tried cod! Pacific Cod are also called grey cod for their grayish-brown color. Originally, cod wasn't a highly sought after catch, but in recent years has become a popular fish to target among clients to help load the freezers. Cod fish have a small yield after being filleted, fortunately there is no catch limit!