Razor Clams Emergency Order
- The razor clam bag and possession limit has been decreased to the first 25 clams dug beginning Thursday, May 23, 2013 through December 31, 2013.
- Diggers are reminded that possession limit refers to the number of unpreserved clams a person may have in their possession. Preserved is defined on page 5 of your regulation summary booklet.
- Hardshell clam diggers are reminded that the sport, personal use and subsistence bag and possession limits for littleneck and butter clams in Cook Inlet and Resurrection Bay is a combined limit of 80 clams. They are also reminded that the minimum size limit of littleneck clams is 1.5 inches in length across the widest part of the shell and the minimum size for butter clams is 2.5 inches in length across the widest part of the shell.
Additional Regulation Reminders
- Effective September 1, the flowing waters of the Anchor River, Ninilchik River, Deep Creek and Stariski Creek are restricted to one unbaited, single-hook through October 31.
- The waters upstream of ADF&G markers on the Anchor River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River, and Stariski Creek are closed to all salmon fishing, including catch and release, but open to Dolly Varden and rainbow/steelhead trout.
- A coho salmon 16 inches or longer that is removed from fresh water must be retained and becomes part of the bag limit. A person may not remove a coho salmon 16 inches or longer from the water before releasing it.
- Steelhead trout are starting to enter the Anchor River, Ninilchik River, Deep Creek and Stariski Creek and fishing success should continue to improve. These streams are catch-and-release only for rainbow/steelhead trout. Please familiarize yourself with the differences between coho (silver) salmon and steelhead trout. Rainbow/steelhead have black spots over the entire tail fin and have white mouths and gums, while coho salmon have black spots only on the upper lobe of the tail fin and their mouth is black with white gums on the lower jaw.
- Lingcod season is open through December 31. Anglers are reminded that the bag and possession limit is 2 fish and the minimum legal size is 35 inches.
- Halibut fishing has slowed. Anglers are reporting success using herring or squid with circle hooks. Sampled fish landed in the Homer harbor over the past week averaged 17 lbs. (range of 6 - 125 lbs.).
- The Department has received a few reports of "mushy" halibut this season. The flesh of these fish is very soft or flabby, sometimes with pockets of jelly-like tissue, and fish are mushy after being cooked as well. Experience during years of high prevalence of this condition (1998, 2005, 2001-12) shows that the incidence of these fish can be high for anglers fishing certain locales, so if you catch a fish that feels flabby or does not look as robust and rounded as a healthy halibut should, release it immediately unharmed and consider moving to a different area to avoid these fish. Department research on this condition is ongoing.
- Coho salmon fishing has slowed in Kachemak Bay, Flat Island and Point Pogibshi.
- Anglers report fair to good catches of feeder king salmon near Flat Island and Nanwalek. Fishing success in other locations has been poor to fair.
- The coho salmon run in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit is over.
- Fishing off the end of the Homer Spit can be a fun way to pass the time. Species available include Walleye pollock, Pacific cod, and a variety of flatfish species.
- Lingcod fishing is fair to good around Elizabeth and the Barren Islands for those anglers willing and able to travel a bit further.
- Rockfish fishing has been good for those targeting them when out fishing for lingcod. If you catch rockfish you don't intend to keep, please remember that rockfish caught in deep water suffer injuries from decompression. Recent research by Department staff indicates that survival of released rockfish can be substantially improved by releasing fish at the depth of capture.
- The next series of clamming tides run September 5-9 then September 17-21. Digging for razor clams on Ninilchik beaches is poor. Try Clam Gulch beaches or beaches on the west side of Cook Inlet.
- Littleneck (steamer) and butter clams can be found in gravel beaches on the south side of Kachemak Bay from Seldovia to Chugachik Island.
- Good numbers of butter clams are found on the islands in China Poot Bay. Butter clams can be found up to 2 ft deep.
- Littleneck clams can be found on in a variety of habitats from Jakolof Bay to Bear Cove. Try exploring new beaches for success. Typically, littleneck clams are found shallower in the substrate, up to 8 inches deep.
- All shrimp and crab fisheries in Kachemak Bay are currently closed.
- Fall fishing success on the Homer area streams will fluctuate with changing water levels associated with periods of rain.
- Anglers fishing the lower sections of the Anchor River and Deep Creek report coho salmon fishing has recently slowed. Fishing typically is better in the early morning when fresh fish enter on the incoming tide.
- Steelhead runs on these streams typically peak in mid-September. Fly anglers find success by dead-drifting a variety of streamers, leeches and egg patterns. Spinners, jigs and yarn are effective gear for spin/cast anglers.
- Fishing for Dolly Varden has been good. Try fishing for Dolly Varden with small bright spinners, fresh salmon eggs, or fly patterns that resemble fish such as muddler minnows or egg patterns.
- The numerous Kenai Peninsula stocked lakes provide great fishing opportunities. A brochure listing the locations of the stocked lakes is available on the Sport Fish web site and at ADF&G offices.
- In the Homer area, try the Bridge Creek Reservoir for Dolly Varden. A variety of gear is effective including bait, spinners and fly fishing gear.
- The Kachemak Bay coho salmon gillnet fishery is over for the 2013 season. Please return your completed permit by Sept. 3, 2013 to the Homer ADF&G office.
Good luck fishing!
This concludes the Homer - Lower Kenai Peninsula fishing forecast.
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