Story last updated at 11:17 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2002

Kings are going, silvers are coming, Dollies are biting
With the close of the king salmon season on Deep Creek and the Anchor and Ninilchik rivers, even the most committed of chinook chasers knows when it's time to move on. And even though there may still be a few kings roaming around the lower sections of these streams, keep in mind that it is now illegal to fish for them. Any kings that are unintentionally caught in these waters must be immediately released unharmed, without removing them from the water.

For those unsure about current fishing regulations on the three Lower Peninsula rivers and Stariski Creek, keep in mind that fishing is allowed only in the lower two miles of these streams, or below the confluence of the North Fork on the Anchor River. The upper sections of these streams are closed to fishing through the end of July to protect the spawning kings.

A few die-hard king fans may find some luck in the saltwaters off Deep Creek and Anchor River, as the second run of kings starts to trickle in over the next few weeks. The run is considered very sporadic, and consistent success on these waters is hard to come by.

A few late-run king salmon may also be found in the Homer Spit Fishing Lagoon. These kings begin to enter the lagoon by the second week of July. However, projections for the late-run kings are poor, since the enhancement project that was established to return a second run of kings to the Fishing Hole was discontinued a few years ago.

For those ready to move on, Dolly Varden are heading into all three Lower Peninsula streams, and anglers can expect decent numbers of Dollies during the month of July. Dollies provide excellent action on light tackle, and small spinners or spoons are often effective. Fresh salmon eggs are also usually a good bet. Harvest limits are two Dolly Varden per day, with two in possession.

In the Anchor River, steelhead are at the end of their spawning period and could be hooked as they make their way back to saltwater. They should be landed quickly and carefully released, as spawning has thoroughly exhausted their energy. A quick and cautious release will greatly increase the chance that they will survive and return at a later date as larger fish.

The Homer Spit Fishing Lagoon is now closed to snagging and will remain closed until sometime in September. Look for silvers to start making appearances in the fishing hole within the next week.