Due to rain in the mountains, the water visibility in the lower Kenai went down a few days ago, but the river remained in good enough shape to provide good fishing. With hunting season in high gear, fewer anglers are on the river.
Silver fishing continued good this past week, with anglers having to work a little harder to catch fish in the lower river than earlier in the month. This was expected, as a lag in silver numbers usually occurs between the early and late runs. The good news is that silvers are now present throughout the entire river, from Kenai to Cooper Landing.
Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden fishing are good in the upper Kenai (between Skilak and Kenai lakes) and several miles downstream from Skilak lake. Try drifting egg imitations along the bottom. The bigger fish will often fall for an egg-sucking leech.
The sockeye fishing ended Monday, but the silver fishing has
just begun in this clear-water stream. A few silvers were caught this week, and the silver fishing should improve over the next week or two. On the down side, now that the combat fishing has ended, a pall of peace and quiet has fallen over the area.
Anglers have been catching lots of silvers. Those fishing from drift boats are having the most success.
If you haven't tried it yet, this river offers a pleasant change from fishing the Kenai. The water is more turbid than the Kenai's, so bait is key to success. The main access points for bank anglers are Cohoe Cove Campground and the State Parks recreational site at Crooked Creek.
Lower Peninsula Streams
Deep Creek and the Anchor and Ninilchik rivers were low and clear, Thursday. These streams usually become muddy when it rains, but the higher water also brings in the silvers. The trick is to be there when the water starts to clear.
Silver fishing in Deep Creek has been good since last weekend, said fishery biologist Robert Begich, at Fish and Game in Homer.
"We've counted 1,909 silvers through the Deep Creek weir, so far," Begich said Thursday. "That's almost as good as the record year, 2000, when we had 1,998 on this date."
The Deep Creek silver run usually peaks on Aug. 23, he said.
Silver fishing on the Anchor has been good, Begich said, and Dolly Varden fishing has been good in Deep Creek and the Anchor River.
These streams had good runs of pink salmon, but those are dying, now, Begich said.
A few steelhead are starting to show up, he said. Any steelhead caught must be immediately released.
Anchor Point Marine
This weekend's tides will make it easier to keep bait on the bottom. If the weather cooperates, the halibut fishing should be good.
This time of year, big halibut move into shallow water, apparently to feed on salmon carcasses. Some real barn doors have been caught in water less than 75 feet deep. Try using salmon heads and carcasses for bait.
Chris Donich, at Daniel's Personalized Guide Service, said windy weather and big tides made fishing difficult for the past few days, but the fish are still out there.
"Wednesday, our people came back with silver salmon, halibut and a king salmon," she said.
The silvers were caught off Gull Island and Bluff Point, she said.
This time of year, fishing for feeder kings off Bluff Point and Glacier Spit usually starts improving. In past years, September has been one of the better months for feeder kings.
Gulf of Alaska
Halibut, lingcod and rockfish fishing continues to be excellent along the North Gulf Coast.
Anglers were catching silvers throughout Resurrection Bay, this past week. The silver fishing in the bays east of Resurrection Bay slowed some, as the fish start moving toward their spawning areas, but it's still good. Captain Eric Rasmussan, with Rod 'N Real Fishing Charters, came in Wednesday with six anglers, all of whom had six-fish limits.
With the cooler weather, lake fishing has been improving. The Department of Fish and Game has a brochure containing maps that show how to access stocked lakes. For a free copy, stop by their Soldotna office, at 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road.
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