• Sockeyes starting to arrive in China Poot Bay
By Sean Pearson
The latest weekly fishing report from the Department of Fish and Game calls king salmon fishing at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit as “fair.”
Maybe someone should tell that to the anglers I see consistently skunked at the Hole.
Obviously, and thankfully, I don’t live there or hang out on a 24-hour basis, so I’m willing to concede that I may have missed a few being caught. Still, it’s not like the days when the shores of the Fishing Hole were lined with anglers, battling errant poles and tangled lines to land a big one. Maybe we should just hold out for a strong run of sockeyes.
Speaking of sockeye salmon, the Department reports they are beginning to arrive in China Poot Bay. The personal-use dip net fishery there is open to Alaska residents through Aug. 7. No permit is required, but the bag and possession limits are six (6) sockeye per person, per day. Only sockeye salmon may be retained.
King salmon sport fishing is prohibited (including catch-and-release) within one mile of shore in marine waters south of the latitude of the mouth of the Ninilchik River to the latitude of Bluff Point through July 15. The Anchor River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River and Stariski Creek are closed to sport fishing through July 15. Anglers are reminded that in waters closed to king salmon fishing, king salmon may not be targeted and that any king salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
In the saltwater fishing arena, halibut fishing is reported as fair-to-good. Anglers are reporting success using herring or squid with circle hooks. Sampled fish landed in the Homer harbor over the past week averaged 12.4 lbs. (range of 3.1 – 42.5 lbs.).
Trolling for feeder king salmon is reported as fair near Seldovia, and fair to-good off Bluff Point. Anglers report catching sockeye, pink, chum and a few coho salmon near Seldovia. Popular trolling set-ups for king salmon include herring, hootchies, tube flies and spoons. Try using dodgers or flashers for extra attraction.
Several anglers have tried their luck fishing off the end of the Homer Spit. Species there include Walleye pollock, Pacific cod, and a variety of flatfish species. Dolly Varden and pink salmon are being caught along the east side of the Spit.
The Cook Inlet and North Gulf Coast sport, personal-use and subsistence Tanner crab fisheries will not open for the 2013-14 season. The razor clam bag and possession limit has been decreased to the first 25 clams dug through Dec. 31, 2013.
Clamming tides run through July 11, and then July 20-26. Digging for razor clams on Ninilchik beaches is reportedly poor. Try Clam Gulch beaches or beaches on the west side of Cook Inlet.
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