Summer is an amazing time to visit the Kodiak Islands. During this season, the islands are teeming with wildlife and staying at the Afognak Wilderness Lodge will put you in the middle of the action so you can experience Alaskan nature first hand.

Summer Fishing on Afognak Island

Within the Kodiak Islands, Afognak Island is the perfect spot for saltwater and freshwater fishing, with the summer season bringing many different types of fish to the area.

Currently, it’s the season for deep sea fishing of Pacific halibut and the brightly colored yelloweye. During the summer months, halibut and yelloweye rockfish flourish in the waters surrounding the Kodiak Islands, offering our fishing guests quite the treat when they set out on a their Alaskan fishing trip.

Further into the summer, the lingcod season begins in July (and lasts until the end of December), providing recreational fishermen more opportunities to make a great catch!

As for freshwater fishing, sockeye salmon start running in early June until late July, followed by the pink (humpback) and silver (coho) salmon during August and September. Staying at the Afognak Wilderness Lodge gives you access to fishing spots where these salmon flock by the thousands. Whether you’re the serious fisherman or just looking to catch and release, you’re sure to catch a few of each salmon species!

Alaskan Summer Wildlife

Not only are the Kodiak Islands the perfect fishing spot in the summer, the Afognak area also offers fantastic opportunities to spot marine life, land mammals, and birds.

When exploring the ocean by boat, guests often encounter sea lions lounging on an island or frolicking in the water, as well as porpoises racing along the side of boats. Guests also catch a glimpse of playful otters, right from our dining room or their cabin.

Seals can also be spotted, as females come to the Kodiak Islands to give birth to and care for their pups in May and June. Plus, Alaskan waters are visited by many different kinds of whales during the summer months, including killer whales, gray whales, humpback whales, and minke whales.

Once you return to land, there are many more chances to see wildlife! The Kodiak brown bear roams saltwater beaches and along salmon creeks. The Sitka Blacktail Deer hangs out among the trees in the forest. The Roosevelt Elk scales hills in the summertime. You can also get an eyeful of smaller animals, like river otters, beavers, foxes, weasels, and a myriad of bird species!

Plan Your Summer Stay at Afognak Lodge

Come experience the unique fishing and wildlife watching opportunities the Kodiak Islands have to offer and book your summer stay at Afognak Wilderness Lodge. We offer land and marine wildlife viewing/photography tours, sea kayaking, and fresh and saltwater fishing expeditions as part of an exciting nature-centric Alaskan vacation. We’ll be sure your accommodations are comfortable and you have the best Alaskan summer experience possible!