Area Sport Fishing Reports
Southern Kenai

Archived Sport Fishing Report

September 04, 2019

Week of September 3 - September 9

Freshwater Fishing

  • Coho fishing in the Anchor and Ninilchik rivers, and Deep Creek has slowed. Try just after the incoming tide or early in the morning. The water is still extremely low, so try size 3 or 4 spinners.
  • Try fishing early morning for schools of Dolly Varden. Pegged beads, little spinners and spoons all work well. Dollies are mostly schooled up in the Anchor River in the upstream sections near Black Water Bend and further upstream near the bridge on the south end of the North Fork Road.
  • There haven’t been any reports of steelhead trout yet, but they should start entering these streams during the next couple weeks. Expect steelhead fishing to peak in mid-September and continue through October. Beads pegged above a hook is the most popular way to target steelhead, but jigs fished under a bobber or swinging flies can be very effective as well.

Saltwater Fishing


  • Trolling for king and coho salmon has still been good near Silver Ridge in the last week. Try a variety of presentations to decide what’s working best at the moment, including trolling without a flasher, using spoons and herring, and varying the length of the leader. A shorter leader will produce a tighter, faster action behind a flasher than a long leader will.


  • Halibut are being caught closer to the spit and in the inner bay, but the most consistent fishing is still in outer Kachemak Bay, in Cook Inlet, and around the corner from Point Pogibshi. Using a chum bag can 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. Pelagic rockfish can also often be found near Bluff Point and Dimond Creek.

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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