Sailing the Cooney Cup
The Homer Yacht Club will hold a two-day race, the “Cooney Cup,” this Saturday and Sunday. Boats will tie up in Seldovia for the night and picnic on the dock.
As usual, captains and crews will meet on P Float at 11 a.m. at the Homer Harbor on the day of the race start to discuss plans. Anyone wishing to crew, experienced or not, can show up at the meeting and see if anyone needs crew.
ADF&G Weekly Fishing Report
Homer area — Week of June 4 to June 11
King Salmon Emergency Orders
The following emergency orders restrict king salmon fisheries on the Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River and the marine fishery south of the Ninilchik River mouth to Bluff Point. These restrictions are in effect through Sunday, June 30, 2013 except where otherwise noted.
The Anchor River is closed to sport fishing on Wednesdays and the ADF&G regulatory marker is relocated approximately 1,000 feet downstream of the North and South fork junction.
The combined annual limit is 2 king salmon 20 inches or greater in length for fish harvested from May 1 to June 30 in the Anchor River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River and all marine waters south of the latitude of the mouth of the Ninilchik River to the latitude of Bluff Point.
After harvesting a king salmon 20” or greater from either the Anchor River, Deep Creek, or the Ninilchik River, anglers are required to stop fishing for any species in these streams for the rest of the day.
Anglers may only use one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure on the Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River.
Ninilchik River king salmon bag and possession is one naturally produced or hatchery-produced fish during regulatory weekend openings in May and June; beginning July 1, bag and possession is limited to 1 hatchery-produced king salmon.
Razor Clam Emergency Order
The razor clam bag and possession limit has been decreased to the first 25 clams dug 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.
Additional Regulation Reminders
Lingcod may not be harvested until July 1.
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. For more information on the use of deep water release mechanisms, see the department’s Web page at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.rockfishconservation
Saltwaters Fishing Report
Early-season halibut fishing is fair to good though most fish are small. The fishery will improve as more fish move from deep, overwintering waters back to the shallower summer feeding areas. Some larger fish are being harvested in the sport fishery. Sampled fish landed in the Homer harbor over the past week averaged 12.4 lbs (range of 4.5 – 97 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.
Trolling success for feeder king salmon is reported as fair to good from Bluff Point north, Point Pogibshi and Bear Cove.
Early-run king salmon are typically available this time of year in the nearshore salt waters of Anchor Point, Whiskey Gulch and Deep Creek. Anglers usually concentrate their fishing efforts in near shore, shallow waters between Anchor Point and Deep Creek. The fishing has been fair to good with king salmon being caught from south of Deep Creek to north of the Anchor River.
Popular trolling set-ups for king salmon include herring, hootchies, tube flies, and spoons. Try using dodgers or flashers for extra attraction.
King salmon fishing is improving at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit, but fishing success is still slow.
Other Saltwater 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.
Fresh waters Fishing Report
The Ninilchik and Anchor Rivers and Deep Creek, will open to fishing at 12:01a.m. Saturday, June 8, through midnight, Monday, June 10.
The water conditions have been fluctuating daily with changes in weather and snow melt. Expect water levels to be high and muddy on Deep Creek for this weekend. The water conditions on the Anchor River are still a little muddy but water has been dropping and conditions may improve by the weekend. The Ninilchik River had better water conditions this past weekend and will likely be good for this weekend.
For this weekend, expect poor fishing success on Deep Creek, and poor to fair fishing on the Ninilchik and Anchor Rivers.
Try fishing the mouths of these streams on the incoming tide for newly arriving king salmon.
Spinners, flies, and yarn are effective lures to use for king salmon in these streams.
The Anchor River sonar daily and cumulative counts are available on the Sport Fish web site or by calling the Homer ADF&G office.
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.
Clamming tides run June 7-12 then June 21-28. Included in the later series of clamming tides are some minus 5 ft. tides.
Digging for razor clams on Ninilchik beaches is poor. Try Clam Gulch beaches or beaches on the west side of Cook Inlet for more razor clams.
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.
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