Fishing report: Time to go chasing rainbows

Rainbow trout fishing is improving as the sockeye salmon begin their spawn.


“It’s good right now, but it’s just going to get better and better,” said Robert Begich, Alaska Department of Fish and Game research biologist for the central and northern Kenai Peninsula.

Trout fishing is popular between Skilak Lake and Soldotna, Begich said. He suggests anglers alternate between various fly patterns, beads to mimic salmon eggs and plugs.


The Kenai, Kasilof and Russian rivers are returning to average water levels, and the coho salmon runs are good. Anglers are having luck fishing with various tackle and bait, where it is allowed. Trout fishing is good, too, in the Russian River, according to Fish and Game area fishing reports.

Anglers area also having luck fishing coho on the Anchor River and Deep Creek. Fishing is better in the early morning, according to the report.


In lakes and ponds, both stocked and wild, anglers are catching arctic grayling, landlocked sockeye, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, arctic char, and lake and rainbow trout, Begich said.

Fish and Game stocks 28 lakes and ponds. Arc Lake, Rainbow Lake, Sport Lake, Island Lake and Johnson Lake are a few of the stocked water bodies.

As the weather cools, fishing improves on the lakes and ponds. Their waters are already fishing well, Begich said. Bait, spinners and fly fishing gear is effective, according to the report.


Halibut fishing is slowing, though anglers still catch the fish using circle hooks baited with herring or squid, according to the document.


This is the final weekly installment of Tight Lines for the 2013 season. Watch for monthly Tight Lines features starting in September.


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