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Where To Fish This Summer

Tony Weaver, host of FM-96.3 radio program, Wolf Outdoors, has his finger on fishing throughout Alaska.  As well he should, he’s been fishing the largest state in the union for over 40 years.  Here’s his run-down of what’s what, this fishing season.

Kenai Peninsula

  • Kenai River- Restrictions include but are not limited to for the second run: single hooks and not bait.  The fishing was slow for kings but kenai reds looks better.
  • Kasilof River- Restrictions- you can only keep fish with a clipped adipose fin.  Kings are still found in good numbers.
  • Deep Creek and Anchor Point are still good spots for 20-35 lb. halibut.


  • Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Spit and Seldovia Lagoon have both been sited as good places to find king salmon, though the smaller version seems to be more plentiful in Seldovia.
  • The China Poot personal use dipnet fishery is open to Alaska residents through Aug. 7.The bag and possession limits are six sockeye per person per day. Only sockeyes may be kept. This is also a good time to dig for butter and littleneck clams.
  • Clam Gulch beach,along with beaches on the westo side of Cook inlet have been good for clamming razor clams.
  • South-side of Kachemak Bay, from Saldovia to Chugach Island have butter clams and Littlenecks in abundance.


  • Lake Creek and the Little Su as well as the Deshka River have had a good showing of kings.
  • Tlkeetna River and Clear Creek, you’ll find kings as well as trout.
  • Willow, Sheep, Little Willow and Montana, are all good sources for trout, as well as some of the upper river of the Little Su.


  • Pony Cove and Cheval Island  fishing is picking up with folks catching their limits of silvers in 15-35 foot waters.
  • Harris and Ayalik bays have had their fair share of rockfish and Lingcod.
  • Ellrington and Montague is still showing strong for halibut and kings to the east near Montague Island.


  • Passage Canal has been a great place to fish halibut, kings and yelloweye fishing has been good with large fish being caught.

Copper Basin

  • The Klutina has reds in supply for bank fishermen and s few kings for those in boats.


  • Ship Creek has been closed by emergency order will be open for silvers on July
  • Campbell and Chester creeks should be well stocked with rainbow trout.
  • Symphony Lake grayling is ready for the taking.


Source: Anchorage Daily News