Homer Alaska - Outdoors

Story last updated at 3:51 PM on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

King fishing slow; good clam tides start today




Wow! Thanks for all of the comments about the return of Reeling 'Em In.

It's always fun to get feedback even though there are those who claim I have less credibility than our tsunami warning system.

Come on. Some of you guys have to quit snorting barnacle dust and listen up, especially if you decide to throw out the chain and go for flatfish.

There really are abnormal halibut out there that have the consistency of the gooey side of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This week's state fishing report confirms it.

As for the rest of you who jumped in to just say "Welcome back" and/or to give us some tips and info, thanks, it's going to be an entertaining and informative summer.Here's some new vital information that will help keep you out of court and possibly jail.

Emergency Orders

and Regulation Reminders

An emergency order has been issued to protect Anchor River king salmon effective from July 1 at 12:01 a.m. through July 31 at 11:59 p.m. The emergency order prohibits the use of bait and/or treble hooks and closes the marine waters two miles north and south of the Anchor River mouth.

Fresh Water: Salmon

Check the following rules out closely or you may end up with your name in the newspaper thus embarrassing your mom and ensuring a table next to the community Porta-Potties during the next family picnic.

On July 1, the lower portions of the Anchor River, Deep Creek and Stariski Creek are open to sport fishing except for king salmon. Anglers are reminded that king salmon may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

On the Anchor River, anglers may use only one non-baited, single-hook, artificial lure.

These restrictions will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. July 31. Anglers may use bait and treble hooks on Deep Creek, Stariski Creek and the Ninilchik River.

The Ninil- chik River is open to sport fishing on July 1 including the harvest of hatchery king salmon. Hatchery fish are defined as fish missing their adipose fin, the fleshy fin on the back just in front of the tail.

Salt Water: Halibut

Halibut fishing is good out of Homer, Anchor Point and Deep Creek. Many anglers have been limiting with an average of 20 pounds if they include the weight of the gear used to get them to the bottom.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is still receiving several reports of "mushy" halibut, where the flesh is very soft or flabby, sometimes with pockets of goopy tissue. The cause may be nutritional myopathy (if you want to know what this means, please feel free to gross yourself out in a Google search).

You might consider moving to a different zip code when you run into these fish.

Salt Water: Salmon

Snagging is allowed in Kachemak Bay east of a line from Anchor Point to Point Pogibshi until Dec. 31

Fishing has been slow to terminally boring for early-run king salmon.

Rumor has it that chinook fishing is fair at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon during high tide. Snagging is not allowed other than hanging up on the bottom which is a lot more action than a bunch of folks are getting out there.

King salmon fishing is reported as a major snooze in Halibut Cove Lagoon and Seldovia.

This is cool:

Lingcod season opens July 1. Many anglers target lingcod near the rock piles and pinnacles by Elizabeth Island and Kennedy Entrance. There is a minimum size limit of 35 inches and a bag limit of two per day and two in possession. A gaff may not be used on any fish intended for release.

Personal Use

The China Poot personal use dip-net fishery opens July 1, but the peak of this run isn't until about the middle of July.

Shellfish

There will be good clamming tides June 30-July 5.

The emergency order remains in place reducing the sport, personal use and subsistence bag and possession limits for littleneck and butter clams in Cook Inlet and Resurrection Bay from 1,000 littleneck clams and 700 butter clams to a combined limit of 80 clams.

Don't get greedy. Remember the razor clam maximum is the first 60 clams that are dug regardless of size.

From the looks of recent law enforcement reports, there are some clowns out there that have IQs lower than their bag limit when it comes to being able to count their catch.

All shrimp and crab fisheries in Kachemak Bay are currently closed.

For more info check out http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSport.main.

Nick can be reached at ncvarney@gmail.com if he isn't on e-Bay looking for a clam abacus to keep him out of trouble this weekend.

Derby leaders hold for another week

By McKibben Jackinsky

Staff writer

The 350.8-pound halibut caught June 19 by Chad Aldridge of Sterling has hung onto first place. He's in good company, with last week's second-, third- and fourth-place winners also maintaining their top spots. Current standings for June are:

First place, $1,000: 350.8-pound halibut caught June 19 by Chad Aldridge of Sterling aboard Aldridge's privately owned boat, the Seabee;

Second place, $750: 277.8-pound halibut caught June 15 by Eileen Bechtol of Homer with Capt. Glaen Cook of North Country Halibut Charters aboard the Irish;

Third place, $500: 226.6-pound halibut caught June 19 by Gil Seguin of Sturgeon County, Alberta, Canada, with Capt. Eric Lehm of North Country Halibut Charters aboard the Storm Petrel;

Fourth place, $250: 151.6-pound halibut caught June 16 by Craig Mattews of Homer with Capt. Norm Anderson of Norm's Saltwater Adventures aboard the Sea Otter.

Lady Angler: Bechtol.

Released fish for the month: 20.

Tagged fish: Hayden Price of Columbia, S. C., caught June 11 on a private boat with Capt. Matt Gallien aboard the Kristy Michelle, $500, sponsored by Adventure Alaska Car Rentals.

Catch a Lefty: Patrick Campbell of Modesto, Calif., caught May 29 with Capt. Trenton Peck of Bob's Trophy Charters aboard the Tuff Stuff.

Derby tickets are $10 a day or $75 for a 10-day ticket. They are available at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and many local businesses. For more information, call 235-7740. The sport fish catch limit for boats out of Homer is two halibut a day.

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