Area Sport Fishing Reports
Southern Kenai

Archived Sport Fishing Report

August 06, 2019

Week of August 6 - August 12

Freshwater Fishing

  • Dolly Varden fishing in the upstream section of the Anchor River has been good. Try fishing behind spawning pink and king salmon with beads or small spoons and spinners. The best angler access is on the Anchor River from mile 160 on the Sterling Highway to the bridge at the south end of North Fork Road.
  • Coho salmon are showing up in the lower portion of the Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River. Fishing may not be consistent until river levels rise with some rain. Coho often bite best in early morning before the sun hits the water. Try floating eggs under a bobber or using spinners.

Saltwater Fishing


  • Coho salmon fishing in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon has been very good, with anglers having the best success as the tide floods into the lagoon. Fishing in the early morning also works well.
  • Trolling near the Homer Spit has been producing coho salmon with some king salmon in the mix as well.
  • Lots of pink salmon are still being caught. Try setting the gear to different depths or moving to a new area if you want to avoid them.
  • King salmon fishing has improved slightly in the last couple weeks, with most fish being caught along the Homer Spit and the south side of the bay from Eldredge Passage to Point Adam.


  • Larger halibut are moving into areas within Kachemak Bay. There have been good reports of consistent halibut bites with larger fish in the mix on the east side of the Homer Spit.
  • The most consistent fishing is still in outer Kachemak Bay and beyond.
  • Most anglers use circle hooks with herring or jigs to target halibut. Try using a chum bag after anchoring to attract halibut with the scent.

Other Saltwater Fishing

  • There are still sockeye salmon showing up at China Poot but the run is winding down and the personal use dipnet fishery is only open through August 7.
  • 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.
  • Pelagic rockfish can consistently be picked up while trolling or jigging in waters near Fourth of July Creek, Point Pogibshi, and Bluff Point.

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.

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


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