Area Sport Fishing Reports
June 29, 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-7-26-20 allows snagging in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit from 12:00 p.m. (noon) Tuesday, June 30 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-7-21-20 restricted gear in the Ninilchik River to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure from through Wednesday, July 15, 2020 and removed the annual limit for hatchery king salmon 20 inches or greater through Saturday, October 31, 2020.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-7-16-20 closed king salmon fishing within 1 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-7-05-20 reduced the king salmon annual limit north of Bluff Point from five to two fish through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 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 is open for hatchery king salmon only. Fishing and effort has slowed down but there’s still some hatchery king salmon around. Try single-hook spinners, plugs, or jigs.
- The China Poot Personal Use Dipnet fishery opens on Wednesday, July 1. The number of sockeye salmon in the creek has been low so far but could improve any time.
- Halibut fishing has been fair at inshore locations and good in offshore locations at the mouth of Kachemak Bay with bigger fish coming from both.
- With the nice weather in the forecast this week, try fishing early morning to avoid rougher seas due to the day breeze which will start to build by early afternoon.
- The Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon has a large buildup of king salmon and will open to snagging at noon on Tuesday, June 30. See Emergency Order 2-KS-7-26-20 for all information. Most anglers use weighted treble hooks when the lagoon is open to snagging.
- King salmon trolling has continued to be good around Kachemak Bay, particularly south of Bluff Point and at Point Pogibshi. King salmon have also been picked up on the south side of Kachemak Bay from Glacier Spit to Bear Cove.
- Most anglers use downriggers and fish with troll sized herring or spoons behind flashers.
Other Saltwater Fishing
- Sockeye salmon have been showing up near Tutka Bay Lagoon and China Poot Bay and anglers have been snagging some of these fish.
- 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.
- Good clamming tides will occur over the holiday weekend and into next week. Remember all Eastside Cook Inlet beaches are closed to all clamming per Emergency Orders 2-RCL-7-03-20 and 2-RCL-7-04-20.
- Razor clams can be found on beaches along the Westside of Cook Inlet and can be accessed by boat or plane. Popular razor clam beaches include the Polly Creek beach, Crescent River Bar, and Chinitna Bay. Boaters are advised to use caution before traveling across the Cook Inlet because of strong tidal currents and variable weather conditions.
- Littleneck clams can be found in a variety of habitats in Kachemak Bay from Jakolof Bay to Bear Cove. Try exploring new beaches for success. Typically, littleneck clams are found shallower in the substrate, up to eight inches deep.
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.