Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
August 11, 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-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.
- Dolly fishing on the lower Kenai Peninsula roadside streams including the Anchor River has been poor to fair. Expect success to fluctuate with stream levels. Beads should work best, but it is worth trying different tackle including small spinners, spoons, and flies.
- Coho salmon fishing has been slow but could improve with large tides or increases in stream levels. Try fishing a small piece of cured eggs under a bobber near the mouth of the Anchor River or Deep Creek. The Ninilchik River has had decent counts of coho salmon through the upper weir, so there maybe be fishable numbers in the lower 2 miles that are open to salmon fishing. Spinners can work well too. Coho salmon counts on the Anchor River are now on the Fish Counts webpage.
- Halibut fishing has been consistently good in offshore locations and there was plenty of good sized fish caught throughout July and early August. If you do not have a boat, there’s lots of charters available in Homer, Anchor Point, and Ninilchik.
- Trolling for coho salmon remains slow in Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet.
- Coho salmon fishing in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon has remained poor to fair. Try working the outside of the lagoon on the start of the outgoing tide. Eggs or herring under a bobber work best.
- Trolling for coho with small spoons on either side of the Homer Spit can be productive as the coho return builds in the NDFL and other Kachemak Bay locations.
- King salmon trolling has been spotty, but anglers are still finding some fish in most locations around Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet, including south of Bluff Point and Point Pogibshi.
- Most anglers use downriggers and fish with troll sized herring or spoons behind flashers.
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.