2020 SEASON UPDATES:

 

Wednesday, September 23:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Kenai silvers, rainbows, Dollies; Anchor steelhead, Dollies; Susitna rainbows, grayling; Chulitna rainbows, grayling; Deep steelhead; Kasilof silvers, steelhead; more.

 

Friday, September 18:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Kenai silvers, rainbows, Dollies; Anchor steelhead, Dollies; Susitna rainbows, grayling; Chulitna rainbows, grayling; Deep steelhead; Valdez silvers; Kasilof silvers, steelhead; Portage silvers; more.

 

Thursday, September 10:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Valdez silvers; Russian silvers, rainbows; Kenai silvers, rainbows; Susitna rainbows, grayling; Chulitna silvers, rainbows, grayling; Seward silvers; Portage silvers; more.

 

Wednesday, September 2:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Valdez silvers; Russian silvers, rainbows; Anchor silvers; Kenai silvers, rainbows; Susitna rainbows, grayling; Chulitna silvers, rainbows, grayling; Seward silvers; Portage silvers; more.

 

Thursday, August 27:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Valdez silvers; Anchor silvers, Kenai silvers and rainbows; Fish silvers; Susitna silvers, rainbows, and grayling; Cottonwood silvers; Chulitna silvers, rainbows, and grayling; Little Susitna silvers; Portage silvers; more.

 

Monday, August 24:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Little Susitna River Sport Fishery Restrictions Lifted

Summary:  By emergency order, the daily bag limit for silver salmon at Little Susitna River is increased from 1 to 2 fish starting Tuesday, August 25. Also, bait is now allowed to be used. According to ADF&G, the escapement goal for silvers is projected to be met, thus warranting additional opportunity for anglers to harvest fish.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Friday, August 21:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Fish Creek Sport Fishing Open 7 Days Per Week with Increased Silver and Red Salmon Limits

Summary:  By emergency order, the daily bag limit for silver and red salmon at Fish Creek is increased from 2 to 3 fish for silvers and 3 to 6 fish for reds starting Saturday, August 22, and continuing through December 31. The cumulative total for all salmon species is 6 fish per day and in possession. In addition, the stream will continue to be open 7 days a week through the end of the year.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, August 20:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Anchor silvers, Kenai pinks and rainbows; Fish silvers; Susitna silvers, rainbows, and grayling; Ship silvers; Valdez silvers; Cottonwood silvers; Little Susitna silvers; Portage silvers; more.

 

Wednesday, August 19:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Ship Creek Silver Salmon Sport Fishing Limits Increased

Summary:  By emergency order, the daily bag limit for silver salmon at Ship Creek is increased from 3 to 6 fish starting Thursday, August 20, and continuing through December 31. According to ADF&G, an estimated 1,000 silvers have made it upstream of the sport fishery and thus fulfills the required egg-take goal for the hatchery as well as natural stream spawning.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, August 13:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Kenai reds, pinks, and rainbows; Fish silvers; Susitna silvers, rainbows, and grayling; Ship silvers; Bird silvers; Cottonwood silvers; Little Susitna silvers; more.

 

Tuesday, August 11:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Little Susitna River Silver Salmon Bag and Possession Limit Reduced to 1 Fish

Summary:  By emergency order, the bag and possession limit for silver salmon in the Little Susitna River is being reduced from 2 down to 1 fish due to a weak return this season. The order takes effect Saturday, August 13. As of Tuesday, August 11, the number of silvers passed through the weir on the lower river stands at some 3,250 fish; the minimum sustainable escapement goal is 9,200. At current rate of passage through the weir, the total seasonal escapement is projected to be 7,400 fish. Additional restrictions may follow if the run does not improve.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, August 6:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Kenai reds, pinks, and rainbows; Kasilof reds; Hope and Valdez pinks; Fish reds and silvers; Susitna silvers, pinks, chums, rainbows, and grayling; Ship silvers and pinks; Bird chums and silvers; Tonsina and Klutina kings; Little Susitna silvers, chums, and pinks; more.

 

Wednesday, August 5:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Bait Prohibited in the Little Susitna River Sport Fishery

Summary:  By emergency order, fishing with bait will be prohibited in the Little Susitna River starting Thursday, August 6, through September 30. The order is to provide protection of silver salmon that are returning to the river in well below average numbers. Based on historic run timing, the anticipated total escapement is projected to be less than 6,600 fish; the minimum sustainable escapement goal is 9,200.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, August 3:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Fish Creek Sport Fishing Open 7 Days Per Week with Increased Red Salmon Limits

Summary:  By emergency order, Fish Creek just south of Wasilla is opening early to fishing starting Tuesday, August 4, due to large numbers of red salmon having entered the system and continuing to arrive. Additionally, the bag limit for reds is being increased from 3 to 6 fish per day (and 6 in possession); bag limit for other salmon species remain unchanged. By regulation, this is a weekend-only fishery but will be managed to 7 days a week.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, July 30:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Reds peaking in Kenai and Kasilof; Hope and Valdez pinks surge; Susitna pinks, chums, rainbows, and grayling; Ship silvers and pinks; Bird pinks, chums, silvers; Tonsina and Klutina kings peak; Upper Kenai rainbows and Dollies; Little Susitna chums and pinks; more.

 

Thursday, July 30:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Port Valdez Pink Salmon Fishing Limits Increased

Summary:  By emergency order, the bag limit for pink salmon in Port Valdez saltwater is being increased from 6 to 12 fish per day (and 24 in possession) effective Saturday, August, and continues through December 31. The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and the seine fleet have attained their goals with large numbers of surplus salmon available, thus allowing for additional opportunity for anglers to harvest fish. As a reminder, the other salmon species present in the port retain their current regulatory bag and possession limits.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Wednesday, July 29:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Bait and Multiple Hooks Prohibited in the Kenai River August 1 – 15

Summary:  By emergency order, fishing with bait and multiple hooks will be prohibited in the Kenai River starting Saturday, August 1, through August 15. The order is to provide additional protection of late-run king salmon still entering the river through the first half of August. The late-arriving kings are often hooked by anglers targeting silver salmon using bait and lures with multiple hooks. The run of king salmon is severely lagging in numbers this season and thus an emergency order is warranted.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Wednesday, July 29:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Copper River Drainage Red Salmon Sport Fishery Closed: Effective August 3, 2020

Summary:  By emergency order, red salmon fishing throughout the Copper River drainage will close to fishing this coming Monday, August 3. The order remains in effect through the season ending on December 31. Overall, runs of red salmon have been substantially lower than average this year and the Miles Lake sonar confirms that number of fish coming up the river warrants the fishery to shut down. The dip net fishery is also ordered shut down through the month of August.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, July 23:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Reds arriving in Kenai and Kasilof; Hope and Valdez pinks peak; Susitna tributaries great for rainbows and grayling; big Klutina Dollies; Bird produces pinks, chums, silvers; Tonsina kings excellent; Upper Kenai rainbows and Dollies; Little Susitna chums strike; more.

 

Wednesday, July 22:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Kenai River Closed To King Salmon Fishing

Summary:  By emergency order, king salmon fishing on the Kenai River is closed due to a poor return so far this season. The order remains in effect through the season ending on July 31. The optimal escapement goal for late-run kings is 15,000 to 30,000 large salmon, of which only 4,251 fish had been counted through July 21.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, July 16:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Big red runs arriving in Kenai and Kasilof; Hope and Valdez pinks turn on; Susitna tributaries hot for rainbows and grayling; season opens on Bird; last weekend for Gulkana kings; Upper Kenai rainbows hold steady; Louise, Summit, and Paxson lakers and grayling active; more.

 

Monday, July 13:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Kasilof River Red Salmon Limits Increased

Summary:  By emergency order, the bag limit for red salmon in the Kasilof River is being increased from 3 to 6 fish per day effective Wednesday, July 15, and continues through December 31. The river has experienced a very strong run the last several days and ADF&G believes that at the current rate the biological escapement goal may be exceeded, thus allowing for additional opportunity to harvest fish.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Friday, July 10:  EMERGENCY ORDER: Little Susitna River Reopens to Limited King Salmon Harvest

Summary:  By emergency order, the Little Susitna River will reopen to the retention of king salmon starting Saturday, 11, through the remainder of the season ending Monday, July 13. This order follows as enough fish have passed through the ADF&G weir to surpass the minimum sustainable escapement goal of 2,100 fish.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, July 9:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Kenai and Kasilof producing reds; Susitna tributaries hot for rainbows and grayling; Gulkana kings and grayling on the move; Louise, Summit, and Paxson lakers and grayling active; more.

 

Thursday, July 9:  Fish Creek Weir Operational for 2020 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir on Fish Creek south of Wasilla is up and running since July 2. As of July 8, a total of 342 red salmon have passed through the weir; in comparison to last year, only one red had been counted by this date. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Thursday, July 2:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Late-run reds starting in Kenai and Kasilof; Ninilchik kings hanging on; Susitna tributaries hot for rainbows and grayling; Gulkana grayling plentiful; Louise and Paxson lakers and grayling peak.

 

Thursday, July 2:  EMERGENCY ORDER: Russian River Sanctuary Closes for Sport Fishing

Summary:  By emergency order, the Russian River sanctuary will close to all fishing starting Friday, July 3, through Tuesday, July 14. This order aims to help conserve a relatively weak return of early-run red salmon to the Russian River; to date, a total of less than 15,000 fish have been counted through the ADF&G weir at the Lower Russian Lake outlet, well short of the 22,000 minimum escapement goal. The sanctuary, or the larger confluence perimeters of the Russian and Kenai rivers, is a critical staging area for salmon heading up the Russian and a point where fish can easily be targeted. With an estimated 2,500 reds moving up the Russian River towards the weir and additional fish arriving from the Upper Kenai River, it is likely that the minimum escapement will be met before the July 14 regulatory end of the “early” run of red salmon.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 29:  EMERGENCY ORDER: Dudiak Lagoon Open to Snagging June 30-July 2

Summary:  By emergency order, the Dudiak Lagoon (Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon) on the Homer Spit in Homer will open to snagging starting Tuesday, June 30, through Thursday, July 2. This order aims to give anglers increased access to a large build-up of king salmon that is concentrated within the lagoon.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, June 25:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Reds peaking in Upper Kenai and Russian; limits double for reds in Seward; Kasilof kings and reds still productive; Ninilchik kings yield success; Susitna tributaries good for rainbows and grayling; Ship kings still being caught.

 

Thursday, June 25:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Tanana River Drainage Closes to King Salmon Fishing

Summary:  By emergency order, the Tanana River and its tributaries, including Chatanika, Chena, and Salcha rivers, will close to all king salmon fishing starting Saturday, June 27, for the remainder of the season. This order aims to conserve a weak return of king salmon to these waters.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Tuesday, June 23:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Resurrection Bay Red Salmon Bag Limit Increased

Summary:  By emergency order, the bag limit for red salmon in Resurrection Bay is being increased from 6 to 12 fish per day effective June 24. This includes the popular snag fishery at the mouth of Resurrection River. Escapement goals for Bear Lake are anticipated to be met, thus allowing for additional opportunity to harvest fish.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Tuesday, June 23:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Upper Copper River King Salmon Annual Limit Reduced

Summary:  By emergency order, the upper Copper River annual limit for king salmon is reduced from 4 to 1 fish per season due to significantly smaller returns than expected. The order went into effect on June 20 and includes the popular sport fisheries of Gulkana, Klutina, and Tonsina rivers.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, June 18:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Kings are peaking in Ship in downtown Anchorage; kings and reds being caught in Seward and Kasilof; Ninilchik and Homer yield chrome kings; Russian reds turn on; Upper Kenai reds and rainbows active; Susitna trout, char, and grayling very productive; Copper area lake trout and grayling peak; Gulkana kings and reds building; Klutina sees red action.

 

Monday, June 15:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Kenai River King Salmon Sport Fishery Starting July with Retention of King Salmon Less Than 34 inches and No Bait

Summary:  By emergency order, the Kenai River will see gear and size restrictions go into effect on July 1 for late-run kings. Only unbaited, artificial lures will be allowed. Also, only kings less than 34 inches may be retained; larger fish must be released. This order is for the remainder of the king salmon season which ends on July 31.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 15:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Kasilof River King Salmon Sport Fishery Starting July with No Bait and Single-Hook Artificial Lure

Summary:  By emergency order, the Kasilof River will see gear restrictions go into effect on July 1 for late-run kings. Only unbaited, single-hook, artificial lures will be allowed. This order is for the remainder of the king salmon season which ends on July 31.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Friday, June 12:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Ninilchik River Gear Restrictions and Removal of Annual Limit for Hatchery King Salmon

Summary:  By emergency order, the Ninilchik River will see gear restrictions go into effect when it reopens to fishing on Tuesday, June 16. Only unbaited, single-hook, artificial lures will be allowed. Additionally, anglers will be able to retain hatchery king salmon and not be required to record these fish on their annual 5-fish limit harvest quota. All wild kings must be released.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, June 11:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Kings are running in Ship in downtown Anchorage; reds being caught in Seward, Kenai, Russian, and Kasilof; Ninilchik and Homer still have kings; Upper Kenai rainbows very active; Susitna trout, char, and grayling improving; Copper area lake trout and grayling peak, kings and reds building; lakes in Southcentral peak for resident species.

 

Tuesday, June 9:  SPECIAL REPORT: Russian River Pre-Season Update

Summary: Early-run red salmon have started their annual return to the Russian River and the season opens this Thursday, June 11. This is a Roadside Angler’s Guide special report detailing numbers of fish present in various parts of the river, including the sanctuary as well as the upper Kenai River, and current water conditions. Read the latest update in the Streamside Spot Checks section in Fish Alerts.

 

Tuesday, June 9:  Russian River Salmon Weir Operational for 2020 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir at Russian River is up and functioning since June 5. As of June 8, no early-run reds have been counted. Last year by this date, over 2,700 reds passed through the weir. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Monday, June 8:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Russian River Sanctuary Opens Early for Sport Fishing

Summary:  By emergency order, the Russian River sanctuary will open to red salmon fishing on Thursday, June 11, and stay open through July 14. Ground surveys of the river indicate that the escapement goal for early-run red salmon will be met.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 8:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Kasilof River Early-Run King Salmon Restrictions

Summary:  By emergency order, the Kasilof River will close to the retention of wild king salmon starting Wednesday, June 10, and continue through the early-run period of June 30. Only fin-clipped, hatchery king salmon may be retained; all wild fish must be released. Additionally, only unbaited, single-hook artificial lures may be used. The river will reopen to king salmon fishing and the use of bait on July 1. Indications are that the early run is weak this year.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 8:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Kenai River Closes to King Salmon Fishing

Summary:  By emergency order, the Kenai River will close to all sport fishing for king salmon, including catch-and-release, starting Wednesday, June 10, and continues through the early-run period of June 30. The river will reopen to king salmon fishing on July 1. Number of large kings counted through the sonar unit at River Mile 13.7 is indicating a very weak early run this year.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

 

Thursday, June 4:  Gulkana River Salmon Weir Operational for 2020 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir at Gulkana River is up and functioning since June 2. The first king salmon reported passing through on June 5; as of June 7, a total of 12 kings have been counted. No red salmon reported yet. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Thursday, June 4:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Kings are running in Ninilchik; Ship is producing more kings every day; reds are being caught in Seward; Kenai and Kasilof has kings and reds; sea-run char are biting in Homer and Seward; lakes in Southcentral peak for resident species; Copper Valley grayling very active in area streams; listing of latest emergency stream closures.

 

Monday, June 1:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Anchor River and Deep Creek Closes to Fishing

Summary:  By emergency order, the southern Kenai Peninsula streams of Anchor River and Deep Creek will close to all fishing starting Wednesday, June 3, through Wednesday, July 15. This order aims to conserve a very weak return of king salmon to these waters. Nearby Ninilchik River will remain open to fishing, including king salmon, per current regulation.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, June 1:  EMERGENCY ORDER:  Upper Cook Inlet Saltwaters Closes to King Salmon Fishing

Summary:  By emergency order, the saltwaters of Cook Inlet north of Bluff Point will close to fishing for king salmon within 1 mile of shore, including catch-and-release, starting Wednesday, June 3, through Wednesday, July 15. This order aims to conserve a very weak return of king salmon to the freshwater drainages of the lower Kenai Peninsula. Anglers will still be able to target and retain king salmon outside of the 1-mile limit as well as in lower Cook Inlet south of Bluff Point and in Kachemak Bay per current regulations.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Thursday, May 28:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Kings are running in Anchor, Deep, and Ninilchik; Ship is seeing more kings arriving; reds are showing up in Seward; Kenai and Kasilof has kings and a few reds; sea-run char present in Homer and Seward; lakes in Southcentral peak for resident species; 20-Mile hooligan still running; Copper Valley trout, char, and grayling very active in lakes and streams.

 

Monday, May 25:  Crooked Creek King Salmon Weir Operational for 2020 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir at Crooked Creek is up and functioning since May 22; no king salmon reported passing through the first several days of operation. Last year, the first king passed on June 1. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Friday, May 22:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Regional lakes are peaking for landlocked salmon, trout, char, and grayling; reds starting in Seward; hooligan are running in 20-Mile River, Kenai River, and Resurrection River; lower peninsula streams of Ninilchik, Deep, and Anchor open to kings this weekend; Cook Inlet halibut being caught; Homer Spit and Seward beaches are spots to go for sea-run Dolly Varden.

 

Thursday, May 21:  Bear Lake Salmon Weir Operational for 2020 Season

Summary:  The CIAA weir at Bear Creek at the outlet of Bear Lake in Seward is up and functioning as of May 20; one red salmon passed through on the first day of operation. These are fish that are being targeted in the Resurrection River marine sport fishery at the head of Resurrection Bay and take 3-5 days to reach the weir from the river mouth. Click here for link to CIAA data.

 

Wednesday, May 20:  Miles Lake/Copper River Salmon Sonar Operational for 2020 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G sonar unit at Miles Lake on the Copper River is up and functioning since May 19; a total estimate of 763 red salmon were reported passing through on the first day and 1,623 on the second day. Last year, almost 18,000 reds already passed the sonar in the period between May 12 and May 19. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Tuesday, May 19:  Deep Creek King Salmon Sonar/Weir Operational for 2020 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G sonar/weir unit at River Mile 2.5 on Deep Creek is up and functioning since May 18; no king salmon reported passing through on the first day. Last year, the first kings passed on May 16. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Monday, May 18:  Kenai River King Salmon Sonar Operational for 2020 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G video unit at River Mile 14 on the Kenai River is up and running since May 16. No kings were counted passing through the first two days of operation. Generally, the first few kings reach this stretch of the river sometime between the 15th and 20th. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Sunday, May 17:  First Ship Creek King Salmon of 2020 Season Caught

Summary: It is official; the first king of this season has been caught in Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage. Nine year old Liyanella of Anchorage brought the fish in on the late afternoon tide and thus winning the prize for the first Ship king of the year courtesy of The Bait Shack. It weighed 10.45 pounds and was taken on a Spin-N-Glo and cured salmon roe setup.

Click here for more details.

 

Thursday, May 14:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Regional lakes are peaking for landlocked salmon, trout, char, and grayling; hooligan are running in Turnagain Arm and Kenai River; Kasilof is yielding steelhead; Cook Inlet halibut caught by surf-casters; Homer Spit and Seward are spots to go for sea-run Dolly Varden.

 

Thursday, May 14:  Little Susitna River Salmon Weir Operational for 2020 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir at the Little Susitna River is up and functioning since May 12; no king salmon reported passing through on the first two days of operation. Last year, the first king passed on May 17. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Wednesday, May 13:  Ninilchik River King Salmon Weir Operational for 2020 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir at River Mile 2 on the Ninilchik River is up and functioning since late afternoon on May 12; no king salmon reported passing through on the first day. Last year, the first king passed on May 19. UPDATE: First king salmon passed on May 16. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Monday, May 11:  Anchor River King Salmon Video Unit Operational for 2020 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G video unit on the North Fork of Anchor River is up and running since May 7; the South Fork sonar unit will be operational shortly. Last year, the first king of the season passed on May 8. UPDATE: First king salmon passed on May 11. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Friday, May 8:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Regional lakes are peaking for landlocked salmon, trout, char, and grayling; hooligan are running in Turnagain Arm and Kenai River; trout, char, and grayling are showing in Susitna tributaries; Kasilof is yielding steelhead; Cook Inlet halibut caught by surf-casters; Homer Spit see nice Dolly Varden.

 

Monday, May 4:  Hooligan Arriving in Turnagain Arm

Summary: Hooligan have started their annual spawning migration through Turnagain Arm, destined for the glacial drainages of 20-Mile and Placer rivers. While dipping is currently fair at best, things should improve shortly as numbers of fish increase. Read the latest update in the Streamside Spot Checks section in Fish Alerts.

 

Monday, May 4:  Sport and Personal Use Fishing Will Remain Open During COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: Official confirmation that sport and personal use fisheries throughout the state of Alaska will remain open for the 2020 season.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Friday, May 1:  First 2020 Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The first of weekly fishing reports for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Hooligan are starting in Turnagain Arm; trout and grayling are showing in Susitna tributaries; Lowe River Dollies present opportunities; Kasilof is yielding steelhead; Cook Inlet halibut are targeted by surf-casters; Homer beaches see first Dolly Varden.

 

April 13:  Sport and Personal Use Fishing Restrictions Related to Health Mandate 012

Summary: Restrictions and stipulations regarding the COVID-19 Health Mandate.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

February 26:  Anglers May Only Retain Hatchery King Salmon in the Ninilchik River

Summary: Only fin-clipped, hatchery king salmon may be retained from the Ninilchik River starting Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25) through June 15. All wild kings must be released during this period.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

February 26:  Gear Restrictions for the Anchor River and Deep Creek

Summary: Only unbaited, single-hook, artificial lures may be used during the king salmon season on Anchor River and Deep Creek starting Saturday, May 16.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

February 26:  King Salmon Restrictions in the Cook Inlet Saltwaters

Summary: The annual bag limit of 5 king salmon in Cook Inlet saltwaters is being reduced to 2 king salmon effective April 1 through July 15.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

February 26:  King Salmon Restrictions in the Susitna River Drainages

Summary: Effective May 1 through the remainder of the king salmon season ending July 13, Unit 2 of the Susitna River drainage will be closed to fishing for king salmon, including catch-and-release. The roadside streams of Willow, Little Willow, Kashwitna, Sheep, and Montana are situated within Unit 2 and therefore closed to king salmon fishing. Other species, however, may be targeted in these waters during this time.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

February 26:  Little Susitna River King Salmon Restricted to Catch-and-Release

Summary: Effective May 1 through the remainder of the king salmon season ending July 13, retention is not allowed. Catch-and-release will be permitted. Additionally, only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

February 26:  New Regulations for Northern Kenai Peninsula Sport Fisheries in 2020

Summary: The new sport fishing regulations for the 2020 season are now available.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

February 26:  New Regulations for Northern and Western Cook Inlet Sport Fisheries in 2020

Summary: The new sport fishing regulations for the 2020 season are now available.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

February 26:  New Regulations for Lower Cook Inlet Sport Fisheries in 2020

Summary: The new sport fishing regulations for the 2020 season are now available.

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Thursday, January 2:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Eastside Cook Inlet Beaches Remain Closed to Sport Clamming in 2020

Summary:  By emergency order, all Eastside Cook Inlet beaches will remain closed to sport and personal use clamming again in 2020 due to the continued low abundance levels of mature razor clams. Affected area runs from the mouth of Kenai River to the southernmost tip of the Homer Spit, including the beaches of Clam Gulch, Ninilchik, Deep Creek, and Anchor Point. The cause of previously low abundance remains unknown but evidence is that populations are on the rebound. This closure does not affect clamming on the Westside Cook Inlet beaches (Polly Creek, etc.).

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Wednesday, January 1:  No Retention of Arctic Char/Dolly Varden at Stormy Lake in 2020

Summary: For the 2020 season, Arctic char/Dolly Varden may not be retained/harvested but catch-and-release fishing is still an option.

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