Area Sport Fishing Reports
Southern Kenai

Archived Sport Fishing Report

July 22, 2019

Week of July 23 - July 29

Freshwater Fishing

  • Coho salmon are just starting to show up in the Anchor River, Ninilchik River, and Deep Creek but it’s still early for consistently good fishing. Try fishing for them just after high tide in the early morning hours. Salmon roe under a slip bobber and spinners are popular ways to entice a bite.
  • Dolly Varden and pink salmon are also present in good numbers in all three of these streams. Smaller spinners, spoons, beads, or single salmon eggs can all work very well to target these fish.

Saltwater Fishing


  • Coho salmon are present in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. Anglers have been most successful during early morning hours and on the incoming tide when the current is flowing into the lagoon.
  • Coho salmon have been caught from Point Pogibshi to Flat Island, Silver Ridge, and around the Chugach Islands. Trolling for coho near the Homer Spit could be productive as well.
  • All five species of salmon are available in Kachemak Bay and lower Cook Inlet right now. It’s possible to pick up all five species of salmon while trolling, particularly while fishing in outer Kachemak Bay near Point Pogibshi.
  • King salmon fishing has picked up over the last week in Kachemak Bay, although they’re mixed in with plenty of pink salmon.
  • Nearshore king salmon fishing north of Anchor Point has been very slow this year. Anglers have picked up coho, sockeye, and pink salmon near the beach in the past few weeks.


  • Halibut continue to be found throughout Kachemak Bay, with more consistent catches towards the outer bay.
  • Using a chum bag of cut herring or fish carcasses when anchored can be very effective. Try drifting to find a productive spot before dropping the anchor.

Other Saltwater Fishing

  • Anglers have still been doing well dipnetting and snagging sockeye salmon in China Poot on some tides in the last week, but pink salmon are also mixed in.
  • Most anglers targeting lingcod and non-pelagic rockfish generally fish along the outer coast.

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.

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


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