Kenai Peninsula lake fishing for rainbow trout is exceptional — and it’s only getting better, said Scott Miller, Trustworthy Hardware & Fishing co-owner.
“If you have access to a canoe or a pontoon boat, that makes it a lot easier to fish the shore line,” Miller said.
Smaller lakes, this time of year, often provide better trout fishing — the trout in the larger lakes such as Hidden Lake and Skilak Lake have by now gone to the deeper waters.
The early mornings and late evenings are the best, Miller said.
Small spinners, dry flies and gnats are his recommendations for trout lures and artificial bait on the lakes, Miller said.
Johnson Lake, Sport Lake and the Swanson River have been fishing well, he said. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also stocks rainbow trout, lake trout and Dolly Varden in 28 lakes — Arc Lake, Scout Lake, Roque Lake, among others.
For anglers seeking other fishing venues, river sockeye salmon fishing, though it is beginning to taper off, and Cook Inlet has also been good, Miller said.
Coho salmon fishing is improving on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers, said Robert Begich,
Fish and Game research biologist for the Central and Northern Peninsula. Miller said that is especially true on the Swanson River, and he expects it will pick up throughout the week. Anglers are still pulling sockeye out of the Russian River, and silver salmon fishing on that river will improve when bait is approved, Miller said. And on the Kasilof river, where bait is approved, anglers are having luck with sockeye and silvers, he said.
“Course the trout fishing on the (Kenai) River is fantastic,” Miller said. Bait is allowed on the river above the Sterling Highway bridge. Miller suggests cocktail shrimp or row for bait. For the lower river, where silver fishing is good, he advises Kodiak Custom spinners.
The Ninilchik and Anchor River have been less productive, Miller said.
Fishing the salt water is beginning to produce larger halibut, 30 to 40 pounds, “bigger than chicken size,” he said. Anglers baiting with herring or squid on small hooks are successful, according to a Fish and Game report.
Trolling for king salmon and silvers in Homer, Kachemak Bay and Anchor Point is good, too, he said. Anglers are having luck fishing for coho and feeder king out of Flat Island and Point Pogibshi in the Homer area, according to a Fish and Game document.
As always, Fish and Game encourages anglers to review current fishing regulations before casting a line.
Dan Schwartz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.