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Alaska Department of Fish & Game's
Lower Kenai Peninsula - Homer area
Weekly Fishing Forecast

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This report is reproduced from information provided by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Homer Office, and will be updated weekly throughout the fishing season. The same message can be accessed on their Record-A-Phone "Sportfishing Forecast" at (907) 235-6930.


DATE:  Week of August 20 to August 26, 2014


Emergency Orders and Regulation Reminders

    Freshwater Fisheries

  • Snagging began Friday, August 15, through the remainder of the year in the waters from the Homer City Dock (near the entrance, but not including the Homer Boat Harbor) northwest along the east side of the Homer Spit to the department marker approximately 200 yards northwest of the lagoon entrance, and 300 feet from shore.
  • The Cook Inlet and North Gulf Coast sport, personal use & subsistence Tanner crab fisheries will not open for the 2014-2015 season.
  • The Ninilchik beach from the north bank of Deep Creek to a marker located approximately 3.2 miles north of the Ninilchik River at 60° 05.66'N. latitude is closed to the taking of all clam species effective through December 31.
  • The bag and possession limit for razor clams harvested from the remaining eastside Cook Inlet beaches, extending from the mouth of the Kenai River to the southernmost tip of the Homer Spit, is reduced to the first 25 razor clams dug per day effective through December 31.

    Regulations Remincers

  • Areas upstream of the two-mile regulatory markers on the Anchor and Ninilchik Rivers and Deep and Stariski Creeks opened on August 1 to fishing for Dolly Varden and steelhead/rainbow trout. Salmon may not be targeted or harvested upstream of the two-mile regulatory markers.
  • The bag and possession limit for spiny dogfish sharks is 5 per day and in possession with no recording requirement. The bag and possession limit for all other sharks is 1 per day and in possession and these must be recorded immediately on the back of your fishing license.
  • China Poot personal use dipnet fishery is open through August 7. Both tips of the tail fin must be removed.
  • Lingcod season opened July 1. Anglers are reminded that the bag and possession limit is 2 fish and the minimum legal size is 35 inches.
  • Sport caught pink salmon may be used as bait in the salt water fisheries.

SALTWATER

Halibut

  • Halibut fishing success has been fair to good with many anglers catching their limits.
  • Sampled fish landed in the Homer Harbor over the past week averaged 10.2 pounds (range 34.0 to 115 pounds) round weight. Many anglers had success using herring on circle hooks.
  • Regulation changes are in effect for guided anglers fishing for halibut. The bag limit for guided anglers is two fish per day, one of any size and one less than or equal to 29 inches in length. A more extensive description of these Federal regulations can be found at: http://alaskaoutdoorjournal.com/Departments/News/14newhalibutcharterlimits.pdf You can also contact NOAA fisheries at 1-800-304-4846 or 907-586-7228 with questions about regulations pertaining to sport fishing for halibut.
Marine Waters Salmon
  • Trolling success for feeder king salmon is reported as good near Bluff Point, Point Pogibshi and along the south side of Kachemak Bay.
  • Anglers are reporting good catches of coho salmon near Bluff Point and approximately 24 miles offshore near the Compass Rose.
  • Popular trolling set-ups for king salmon include herring, hootchies, tube flies, and spoons. Try using dodgers or flashers for extra attraction.
  • Angling families targeting salmon should think about entering the five species of Pacific salmon challenge. Details are available at www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSport.fiveSalmonFamily.
  • There are still stocked early-run coho salmon available at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon along the eastside of the Homer Spit.
  • As a part of the Chinook Salmon Research Initiative, the Department has begun a project looking at the genetic stock composition of the marine king salmon fishery. There are port samplers stationed at the Homer Harbor, and Deep Creek and Anchor Point tractor launches conducting quick interviews and collecting biological information, scales, and genetic clips from sport caught king salmon. If you fished for king salmon in Cook Inlet, regardless of success, we'd like to talk to you! More information on the Chinook Salmon Research Initiative can be found at: http://dfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=chinookinitiative.main
Other salt water fishing
  • 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, Dolly Varden, and on occasion salmon.
  • Anglers are reporting fair catches of walleye pollock and Pacific cod in Kachemak Bay.
  • Anglers are reporting small harvests of rockfish and lingcod. The Department would like to remind anglers that the survival of released rockfish caught in greater than 60 feet of water is substantially improved by releasing these fish at the depth of capture. More information can be found at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingsportfishinginfo.rockfishconservation
Shellfish
  • The next series of clamming tides run September 7-13. For razor clams try beaches on the west side of Cook Inlet where razor clams tend to be larger and more abundant than beaches on the east side of Cook Inlet.
  • The razor clam bag and possession limit is 25 clams for all eastside Cook Inlet beaches. See above emergency order closure of Ninilchik Beach areas.
  • For razor clams try beaches on the west side of Cook Inlet where razor clams tend to be larger and more abundant than beaches on the east side of Cook Inlet.
  • For beaches on the east side of Cook Inlet, expect small size clams that are few and far between in the beaches that remain open. North of the Clam Gulch access road has been the most productive this season.
  • 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.
  • 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.

FRESHWATER

STREAMS

  • Coho salmon fishing in area streams is reported as good. Try fishing early in the morning or at the mouth of the stream during the incoming tide.
  • Expect good fishing for Dolly Varden in roadside streams.
  • 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.
  • Coho salmon fishing in area streams is reported as fair. Try fishing early in the morning or at the mouth of the stream during the incoming tide.
  • Pink salmon fishing is reported as excellent on the south side of Kachemak Bay. Humpy Creek and the Seldovia River are popular streams to fish for pink salmon.

LAKES

  • The Kenai Peninsula stocked lakes fishing conditions are good. Most of these lakes are stocked with rainbow trout which, this time of year, are taken on dry or wet flies, small spoons, spinners, or bait. A brochure listing the locations of the stocked lakes is available on the Sport Fish web site and at ADF&G offices.
Personal Use
  • The Kachemak Bay coho salmon gillnet fishery opened August 18. A permit is required and available at the Homer ADF&G office. BYADFG EMERGENCY ORDER: In the Kachemak Bay Personal Use salmon gillnet fishery, LCI Emergency Order #22-14 closes the Southern District personal use gillnet fishery, effective at 6:00 AM, on Friday, August 22. This fishery will stay CLOSED for the remainder of the 2014 season. Gillnets must be completely removed from the water by the time of closure at 6:00 AM Friday.
Good luck fishing!
This concludes the Homer - Lower Kenai Peninsula fishing forecast.

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