Area Sport Fishing Reports
Southern Kenai

Archived Sport Fishing Report

May 29, 2019

Week of May 28 - June 3

Freshwater Fishing

  • The Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River all open to sport fishing at midnight on June 1 through 11:59 p.m. on June 3. King salmon counts are increasing in all three streams and fishing should be fair this weekend. The best fishing will be in the early morning hours but also try fishing with spinners at the mouths of these streams on the start of the incoming tide.
  • Remember Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River have sport fishing including fishing gear restrictions in effect right now! Please see the corresponding emergency order number below.

Saltwater Fishing


  • Halibut fishing has been good with consistent fishing in offshore locations 20-30 miles west of the Homer Harbor and west of Anchor Point.
  • When exploring new locations for halibut, try drifting to locate concentrations of fish before anchoring.
  • Herring on a circle hook is the most popular bait; however, octopus, salmon heads, and jigs also work well.

King Salmon

  • Anglers have been successful finding king salmon in the nearshore waters in the Whiskey Gulch and Happy Valley areas. Trolling with downriggers is most effective in these areas but using banana weights or divers will work too.
  • King salmon fishing has also been fair to good south of Bluff Point. Both feeder and mature king salmon are typically caught this time of year in the Bluff Point area in 45-90 feet of water.
  • Troll sized herring and a variety of spoons behind a flasher is the standard setup. Try using no flasher for a different presentation.
  • King salmon are arriving in better numbers at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. Effort has been low, but the dedicated anglers are catching fish. Try fishing cured salmon egg clusters under a bobber when the tide is flooding into the lagoon.

Emergency Orders

Please review the Emergency Orders and News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.

  • Emergency Order 2-RCL-7-01-19 and 2-RCL-7-02-19 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 for 2019.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-7-11-19 limited the fishing season on the Anchor River to fishing being allowed May 25-27, June 1-3, and June 8-10, 2019.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-7-12-19 restricted fishing gear to only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure in the Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River through July 15, 2019.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-7-13-19 reduced the king salmon bag and possession limits in the Ninilchik River to one hatchery king salmon 20 inches or greater in length.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-7-14-19 combined the annual limit for king salmon to two king salmon 20 inches or greater in length from the Anchor River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River, and all marine waters south of the latitude of the mouth of the Ninilchik River to the latitude of Bluff Point.

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


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