Area Sport Fishing Reports
Southern Kenai

Archived Sport Fishing Report

August 12, 2019

Week of August 13 - August 19

Personal Use

  • The Kachemak Bay Personal Use Coho Salmon Gillnet Fishery opens for Alaska residents on August 19. Open periods are 6:00 a.m. Monday to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday and 6:00 a.m. Thursday to 6:00 a.m. Saturday. The fishery closes when 1,000-2,000 coho salmon have been harvested. Permits are available at the Homer ADF&G office until the fishery closes. For more information, please see page 15 of the 2019 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet.

Freshwater Fishing

  • Dolly Varden fishing in the upstream sections of Anchor and Ninilchik rivers, and Deep Creek has been decent. Try fishing behind spawning pink and king salmon with beads or small spoons and spinners. Switching gear types will likely entice a few extra bites. 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.
  • There are a fair number of coho salmon in the lower portions of the Anchor and Ninilchik rivers, and Deep Creek. Fishing has been fair, but may not be consistent until river levels rise with some rain. Try floating eggs or herring under a bobber just before or after high tide, or in the early morning.

Saltwater Fishing


  • Fishing for coho salmon in the Nick Dudiak fishing lagoon has slowed some, but the fish are still bright and biting eggs and herring on the incoming and outgoing tide. Make sure the bait is set to the same depth the coho are swimming at. Try using spinners if the coho are avoiding bait sitting under a bobber.
  • Trolling near the Homer Spit has been producing some coho salmon with some king salmon in the mix as well.
  • King salmon fishing has been spotty with some success on the south side of the bay, the tip of the Homer spit, and out at Silver Ridge.


  • Halibut are being caught nearer to the spit and in the inner bay, but the most consistent fishing is still in outer Kachemak Bay and beyond.
  • Try drifting until you run into a few bites before you set the anchor. Using a chum bag can also help to get the halibut bite started.
  • Herring on a circle hook is the most popular way to fish for halibut. Jigs also work well.

Other Saltwater Fishing

  • Anglers are traveling well outside of Kachemak Bay for consistent success with lingcod and nonpelagic rockfish. Most anglers drift over rocky pinnacles with jigs when targeting lingcod.
  • Black rockfish can be caught by jigging and trolling near prominent points of land, with larger fish and more consistent fishing near Point Pogibshi and beyond.

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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