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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Southern Kenai

July 5, 2022

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Freshwater Fishing

  • The Anchor River, Deep Creek, and the Ninilchik River will be closed to sport fishing through July 15. Please refer to the emergency orders below for more info.
  • The Bridge Creek Reservoir has good fishing for Dolly Varden. A small boat provides access to the best fishing, but you catch fish from shore as well. Try small spinners or flies.

Saltwater Fishing


  • Halibut fishing has continued to be great with good numbers of big fish being caught.
  • The tides are with moderate exchange this week which should provide plenty of time to keep bait soaking on the bottom without large weights.
  • Herring on a circle hook is the most popular bait; however, octopus, salmon heads, and jigs also work well.

King Salmon

  • Trolling for king salmon fishing continued to be spotty, but there has been some good action when fish can be found. Over the weekend, anglers found good numbers of kings at Bluff Point and on the outer coast near Point Adam. Fishing was slow in most other locations within Kachemak Bay.
  • Most anglers use downriggers and fish with troll sized herring or spoons behind flashers.
  • There are still a few king salmon being caught in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon after the snagging opener. Try early morning and on the incoming and outgoing tides.
  • The king salmon fishing in the Seldovia slough has slowed to a trickle. There will likely be some pink and chum salmon starting to arrive in small numbers.

Other Saltwater Fishing

  • There have been a lot of sockeye salmon in China Poot Lagoon. Anglers have had good success both with dipping in the fresh waters of China Poot Creek as well as snagging in the salt waters in the area. Keep in mind that the numbers of fish in the area fluctuate with tides and with commercial fishing openers. Be mindful of the ebbing tide and the southwest day breeze creating large waves as you exit the lagoon.
    • See page 15 of the 2022 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for China Poot dipnet regulations and limits and page 73 for saltwater regulations and limits.
  • Lingcod season opened on July 1. Most anglers targeting lingcod take a charter or have large personal boats to get to the outer coast and fish near the Chugach Islands.
  • Good minus tides for clamming in west Cook Inlet won’t be back until next week. Charters are available in the Ninilchik area for boat access to the Polly Creek and Crescent River Bar areas. Good numbers of medium to large clams can be found in both locations.
    • Reminder all eastside Cook Inlet beaches are closed to clamming in 2022. See the emergency orders below for more info.

Emergency Orders

Please review the emergency orders and advisory announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.

  • Emergency Order 2-KS-7-29-22 closed all sport fishing in the Ninilchik River through 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2022.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-7-28-22 closed king salmon fishing north of Bluff Point in all Cook Inlet saltwaters through 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2022.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-7-24-22 closed all sport fishing in Deep Creek and the Anchor River through 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2022.
  • Emergency Order 2-RCL-7-01-22 and 2-RCL-7-02-22 closed all EASTSIDE Cook Inlet beaches to clamming for all species from the mouth of the Kenai River to the southernmost tip of the Homer Spit in 2022.

Don’t forget to purchase your 2022 sport fishing license and king stamp! You can purchase your 2022 sport fishing license and king stamp through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review emergency orders, advisory announcements, and the 2022 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing in before you head out.

For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Homer office at (907) 235-8191.


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