Area Sport Fishing Reports
Southern Kenai

Archived Sport Fishing Report

July 30, 2019

Week of July 30 - August 5

Freshwater Fishing

  • The upstream sections of the Anchor River, Ninilchik River, and Deep Creek open on August 1st to fishing for all species except for salmon. Fishing with beads behind spawning pink and king salmon is the most effective way to catch dollies this time of year. The best angler access is on the Anchor River from mile 160 on the Sterling Highway to the south end of the North Fork Road.
  • Coho salmon are showing up in the lower portion of all three of these streams but don’t expect consistent fishing.

Saltwater Fishing


  • Catches of coho salmon are still generally spotty but have improved over the last week with most fish being caught along the south side of the outer bay and the silver ridge area.
  • High numbers of pink salmon are still being caught. If not targeting pinks, the best way to avoid catching them is to try other locations or set the gear at deeper depths.
  • King salmon fishing has improved slightly with most fish being caught along the south side of the bay from Eldredge Passage all the way to Point Adam.
  • Coho salmon are in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon with most success happening in the early morning hours and around the high tide.


  • Larger halibut are moving into areas nearer to the Homer Spit, with good reports from the inner bay.
  • The most consistent fishing is still in outer Kachemak bay and beyond.

Other Saltwater Fishing

  • Sockeye salmon are still available in China Poot, but the numbers are fewer than last week.
  • Anglers are travelling well outside of Kachemak Bay for consistent success with lingcod and nonpelagic rockfish. Most anglers drift over rocky pinnacles with jigs when targeting lingcod.
  • There are also some large minus tides this week that would provide an opportunity for razor clamming in West Cook Inlet. There are several locations with good numbers of clams including Crescent River Bar and Polly Creek. You’ll need a large boat capable of crossing Cook Inlet to access these locations

Emergency Orders

  • Emergency Orders 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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