Area Sport Fishing Reports
Northern Kenai

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 06, 2019

Week of June 5 - June 12

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 to protect spawning rainbow trout.
  • The Upper Kenai and Russian River opens to fishing for sockeye salmon on Tuesday, June 11 and is expected to be good.
  • Trout spawning closures end Tuesday, June 11. Fishing for rainbow trout in these waters is expected to be very good.
  • Kasilof River king salmon fishing is good and should continue to improve over the next week or two.
  • Fishing for sea run Dolly Varden at the mouth of Resurrection Creek in Hope should be picking up this time of year. Try using pink fry pattern flies.
  • A few king salmon have been reported caught and released on the lower Kenai River. Water conditions are turbid.
  • Sockeye fishing on the lower Kenai River has been good. Anglers are catching limits with a few hours of effort.

Local Lakes

  • Lake fishing for rainbow trout, Arctic char, Arctic grayling, and land locked salmon is very good. 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.

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, West Mackey, Sevena, Union, and Derks lakes.
  • 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.

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