Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 08, 2020
* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by following and reviewing the current State of Alaska Health Mandates in effect. This includes practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing and wearing a face covering when fishing and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 010.
* The Alaska Board of Fisheries adopted several proposals establishing new sport fish regulations for the Lower Cook Inlet Management Area at its Seward December 2019 and Anchorage February 2020 meetings. Please see the 2020 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet for a complete summary of the Lower Cook Inlet sport fisheries regulations.
Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-7-16-20 closed king salmon fishing within one mile of shore north of Bluff Point through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-7-15-20 closed the Anchor River and Deep Creek drainages to all sport fishing through 11:59 p.m. July 15, 2020.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-7-07-20 reduced the king salmon bag and possession limits in the Ninilchik River to one hatchery king salmon 20 inches or greater in length through 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2020.
- Emergency Order 2-RCL-7-03-20 and 2-RCL-7-04-20 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 in 2020.
- The Ninilchik River fished well over last weekend but will be closed until June 16 by regulation.
- Take a break from the streams and try fishing the Homer Reservoir for Dolly Varden. Small spinners from shore work well there.
- Fishing was a bit limited over last weekend due to rough weather and larger tides but there were still some decent sized fish caught. There should be some good favorable marine weather and more moderate tides later this week that should produce some good fishing.
- The most consistent action has been out in the middle of Cook Inlet 20-40 miles from the harbor.
- Anglers are still having fair fishing success at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit. Both bait and lures have been doing well. Try outside of the lagoon on the outgoing tide.
- Although there were king salmon scattered throughout Kachemak Bay last week, a more consistent king salmon bite was just south of Bluff Point last week.
- Most anglers use downriggers and fish with troll sized herring or spoons behind flashers.
Other Saltwater Fishing
- If you are limited by access to a boat or by the weather, fishing off the end of the Homer Spit can be a great way to wet a line. Species available include walleye pollock, Pacific cod, Dolly Varden, a variety of flatfish species, and the occasional king salmon.
Don’t forget to bring your 2020 sport fishing license and king salmon stamp! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2020 sport fishing license and king stamp through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review Emergency Orders and the 2020 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Homer office at (907) 235-8191.