Area Sport Fishing Reports
Southern Kenai

Archived Sport Fishing Report

July 09, 2019

Week of July 9 - July 15

Freshwater Fishing

  • Dolly Varden counts into the Anchor River have really increased over the last few days which should improve fishing. Early morning or during the last couple hours of the incoming tide are the best times to fish. Try using beads, streamers, small spinners and spoons.

Saltwater Fishing


  • King salmon trolling has been slow with some fish scattered throughout Kachemak Bay. Fishing the nearshore waters near Whiskey Gulch in Cook Inlet has also been slow king salmon fishing. Anglers are intercepting large numbers of pink salmon in the Point Pogibshi area.
  • There are some sockeye salmon available in both China Poot Bay and Tutka Bay Lagoon and anglers are having moderate success with snagging. Pink salmon are also starting to arrive in Tutka Bay lagoon.


  • Halibut fishing has continued to be good in offshore locations in Cook Inlet and outer Kachemak Bay. Some patient anglers have had success within Kachemak Bay east of the Homer spit.
  • A chunk of herring on a circle hook is the standard approach but try using lead head jigs with grub tails tipped with bait.


  • China Poot personal use dipnet fishery has been successful for most residents making the trip across Kachemak Bay. There should continue to be sockeye salmon there over the next week.
  • There was some angling effort on the outer North Gulf Coast last week for lingcod and most were successful. If you make the trip, expect to catch rockfish and halibut while drifting for lingcod over rock pinnacles.

Emergency Orders

  • 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 in the beginning of the season and it is currently closed to king salmon fishing. The Anchor River opened to all species, except king salmon on July 1.
  • 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 through July 15, 2019.
  • 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, 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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