Since Kodiak Island receives so much rain annually, the course of the Pasagshak River varies slightly every year. Ultimately every variation reaches Pasagshak Bay, but the manner in which the watercourse cuts its own bed dictates how and where the fisherman should cast his line. Red or sockeye salmon are best obtainable at the very mouth of the river, so if the mouth is narrow (i.e. the river hasn't eroded a wide swath in the alluvial cove) there is less work in bringing in a landed fish.
On the shores of Lake Rose Tead you will see how the Red Salmon prepare the spawning beds. They swirl their tails very hard right near shore and have actually carved little circles all along the lake. You shouldn't disrupt the Red Salmon during the spawning process as the meat isn't good to eat at that time anyways. You can see here in this photo that the Red Salmon have turned Bright Red! After spawning they die and become food for other fish. If you look closely in the photo you will see that their heads turn Green and the skin actually starts to fall off! When they arrive from the ocean they are a Bright Silver color like the fish that I'm holding in the opening photo. The go through drastic changes in a few short weeks!
On your drive out to Pasagshak you have a really good chances of spotting Sitka Black Tail Deer! I see at least one about 90% of the time. When MrClay2000 came to visit we made it all the way to Narrow Cape which is past the Pasagshak River and I realized that we hadn't spotted any Wildlife yet. And I mentioned how odd it was to have not seen any. Then about 10 minutes later we spotted 2 Sitka Black Tailed Deer! I was happy to be able to show MrClay that we do have wildlife that can be seen right near the road.
At about 37.5 miles from downtown and after you come down out of the pass you will see this old plane hanger that is now turned into a barn. When I first came to Kodiak 20 years ago the road was also a runway. When the plane was going to land he would buzz the area a couple of times to make sure the cars would stop and then he would land his plane. I haven't see this happen in quite a few years though. Now it is a scenic farm setting with a beautiful background.
At the land bridge between Lake Rose Tead and the Marsh if you are there in the mornings before the morning breeze starts you can watch lots of juvenile salmon and dolly varden trout feeding on the bugs on the surface of the lake. If you are good and have a good zoom lense you will be able to capture the jumping fish on film! I only have surface waves where the fish are rising. Look closely and you can see the surface waves...
This spot is also an excellent spot to watch King Fishers in action! There are telephone wires just out of sight in my picture and the King Fishers wait for their prey and can fly very fast and catch small fish and fly away with them. It is very interesting and fun to watch.
If you can try to make it out to Lake Rose Tead in the morning a couple hours after sunrise but before the morning breeze begins the the lake will appear like a piece of glass. The only ripples being caused by the fish rising to the surface to feed or one of the local birds diving to catch their breakfast. This shot shows how green it can be here in July. The foreground is actually a lake and not a green meadow!! Look closely....
This area is for the experienced backcountry hiker. It is very steep terrain and there aren't any marked trails!! But the reward is seeing Mountain Goats in their natural setting!! So you know if there are Mountain Goats that it's not going to be easy hiking!!
Here is my son fishing at the mouth of the Pasagshak River. On this morning he caught 5 Red Salmon and kept only 2. If you get caught keeping any amount over the limit there are big fines!