Fly Fish The Buskin River during the summer Salmon runs for Red, Pink and Silver Salmon.

The Buskin River Recreation Site provides camping, wildlife and an abundance of Salmon fishing. See Kodiak Bears, Bald Eagles, Sitka Deer, Harlequin Ducks and even harbor seals near the mouth. The Buskin River is best known for its fishing. From June until September, The Buskin is stocked with Salmon. June and July the River is loaded with Red Salmon that don't bite bait, and you have to use a difficult flossing technique. But starting in July, the pinks begin to run. Although not the favorite tasting salmon among locales, they are still fun to catch. Finally in August the silver salmon begin their run. The Silvers will strike your bait and are great to eat. The Buskin River is one of the most productive fisheries on Kodiak Island. Limits change daily, based on the amount of fish in the river, so check the local fish and game report. After you catch your limit, bring your salmon down to the Kodiak Smoke House to preserve your catch. They can smoke your fish in just a couple days and package it for shipping. The smoked salmon jalapeno dip is also a must buy! Camping sites on the Buskin River are available on a first come first serve basis and there are some RV accessible sites. There is also a handicapped accessible fishing platform located nearby the mouth of the river. Once you have spent a couple hours on the river catching dinner and watching bald eagles fly above, head down to the Kodiak Island Brewing Company. The Kodiak Island Brewery doesn't ship beer off of the Island, so it is the only place you can enjoy their unique beers. Get a growler of their Raspberry Pale Ale to bring home!

Pack List

  • Fly Rod and Reel- minimum 8 wieght, 9 foot rod and reel
  • 20-25 lb line
  • Fishing License
  • Waders and Wadding Shoes
  • Multiple different flies and weights
  • Polarized Sunglasses to see the fish
  • Stringer for Fish
  • Rain Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Thermal Underwear for hours of standing in cold water
  • Beanie
  • Tent and Camping Gear
  • Fillet Knife
  • Bear Spray or Gun (We saw 3 bears in 4 days)
  • Pillars 
  • Knife or Line clipper
  • Towel and Change of clothes
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Activities Camping, Fishing, Photography
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area


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A group of us that backpack and fly fish every year are looking to go to Alaska, possibly in mid September. Would anyone recommend backpacking this area and would a guide be recommended? A guide makes since given the Grizzly population. Thanks!

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