Area Sport Fishing Reports
Northern Kenai

Archived Sport Fishing Report

May 09, 2019

Soldotna Management Area

Week of May 8 - May 14

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-DV-1-03-19 prohibits the retention of Arctic char/Dolly Varden in Stormy Lake.
  • Emergency Order 2-NP-1-04-19 prohibits the retention of any species of fish in East Mackey Lake, West Mackey Lake, Sevena Lake, Union Lake, and Derks Lake.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-1-09-19 prohibits the retention of king salmon of all sizes in the Kenai River from the mouth upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake from May 1 through June 30, 2019. Retention of king salmon will remain prohibited July 1 through July 31, 2019, in waters of the Kenai River drainage from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake. Only one, unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used in the waters restricted to catch-and-release. King salmon caught may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. 
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-1-10-19 prohibits the retention of naturally-produced king salmon and limits sport fishing gear to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure while sport fishing in the Kasilof River. Naturally-produced king salmon have an adipose fin and may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

Freshwater Fishing

  • The flowing waters of the Kenai River mainstem upstream of the Lower Killey River marker and all of the tributary streams are closed from May 1 through June 10, 2019, to protect spawning rainbow trout.
  • Kasilof River steelhead fishing is considered fair. All rainbow/steelhead trout caught must not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. See pages 70-71 of the 2019 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet
  • Hooligan (eulachon) fishing has been good for anglers willing to put in a few hours. Fishing should continue to be good over the next week.
  • Hidden Lake Boat Launch is open and trolling for lake trout is fair. Please refer to page 65 of the 2019 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary.
  • There are plenty of other fishing opportunities in Southcentral Alaska. This is the perfect time to visit locally stocked lakes as the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery has started their spring stocking schedule.

Local Lakes

  • Johnson Lake is scheduled to be stocked on May 9, 2019. Johnson Lake will be stocked with 7,500 catchable rainbow trout. These fish are approximately 9 to 12 inches in length.
  • Lake fishing for rainbow trout, Arctic char, Arctic grayling, and land locked salmon should be improving with warming water temperatures. Sport Lake has been producing nice sized rainbow trout and fishing the Swanson River Road lakes is reported as fair. 
  • Try fishing with dry or wet flies such as an egg sucking leech, bead head nymph or mosquito pattern, small spoons and spinners size #0 or #2, or small bait under a bobber.

For additional information, please contact the Soldotna Area Office at (907) 262-9368.