About 15 miles north of Homer, the Anchor River runs clear, cold, and swift. It is ideal for fishing from the banks or with waders. There are four state campgrounds along the river below the bridge that are popular with river fishermen. King salmon fishing is generally open mid-May to mid-June for four to five 3-day weekends. The lower river reopens in July for species such as Dolly Varden and pink salmon, and silver salmon in August. The river section above the forks is closed year-round to salmon fishing. Usually this upper section opens for Dolly Varden in August and for catch-and-release fishing of steelhead and rainbow trout.
This popular and productive stream is on the south edge of Ninilchik. The saltwater wayside is about half a mile south of Deep Creek. This river is closed to all fishing January 1 – June 30, except during the three 3-day king salmon openings on the lower two miles of the river starting Memorial Day weekend. Steelhead and rainbow trout have been catch-and-release since 1989.
This river is also closed January 1 – June 30, except for the same king salmon weekends as on Deep Creek. The lower two miles of the river reopen in July. Silver salmon, Dolly Varden and steelhead also abound here. Four state campgrounds with restrooms make the Ninilchik River a popular place to fish and camp. Private campgrounds are nearby. Because the area is so popular, fishermen are urged to observe all posted “no trespassing” signs and stay in designated fishing areas. Boats may be launched in the harbor.
For specific fishing regulations, including all season dates and complete daily/annual possession limits, please contact the Department of Fish & Game, 907-235-8191 or visit online at www.adfg.alaska.gov.
Regulations may change by in-season emergency order so please refer to this link for updates: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm.
For area sport fishing reports refer to: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishingReports/index.cfm?ADFG=main.home.