Homer Alaska - Outdoors

Story last updated at 2:41 PM on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Silver fishing ranging from sad to somewhat fair

Reeling 'em in

By NICK C. VARNEY

I've mentioned before that it's a righteous challenge to attempt writing a fishing column in a ville where everyone professes to have the knowledge and skills thrice that of their most proficient fishing buddy along with the personal expertise to warrant a reality show.

Come to think of it, such egos have made it easier.

Sometimes it's daunting to figure out if someone leaving a message is shoveling basic diaper overload or stating the facts. It's a lot like politics.

Fortuitously, over the years I've developed a clued-up, beyond b.s., story scanner that is uncomplicated. Simply put, I've chased fish for so long that there isn't an unabashed fishing cock-and-bull story that I haven't heard or fabricated myself.

Every good fisherperson realizes that telling fishing tales while being misleading and a devious @$%H*!# is part of the game. I respect that attitude.

But now, as a community service, I've decided to give up some of my favorite fishing holes and secret baits next week without feeling a touch of guilt.

Why? Because testosterone-enhanced fisherdudes reading the hints will become suspicious and presume that it is some kind of set-up because nobody in their right mind would reveal such covert info.

Thus, they'll be heading home after cleaning nothing more than their campsites while those with an IQ above plug cut herring will fill their coolers. Stay tuned.

It's time now for a look at the state's weekly fishing report.

Heads up: An emergency order will close the tanner crab fishery east of a line from Anchor Point to Point Pogibshi effective 12:01 a.m. Sept. 6.

Double heads up: Effective today, the flowing waters of the Anchor River, Ninilchik River, Deep Creek and Stariski Creek are restricted to single hook and no bait through Oct. 31.

Same-O, Same-O: Areas upstream of the two-mile regulatory markers on the Anchor and Ninilchik rivers and Deep and Stariski creeks opened Aug. 1 to fishing for Dolly Varden and steelhead/rainbow trout. Salmon may not be stalked or whacked upstream of the two-mile regulatory markers.

Although the silver beastie run is slacking off, don't forget that cohos may not be removed from the water prior to release. If you screw up and do so, it counts toward the limit of the person hooking it and must be retained. Eating them on the spot is only forgiven for bears because they don't give a %^*# and have tendency to make a side-order out of anyone issuing them a citation.

Fresh Water Streams

Anglers fishing the lower sections of the Anchor and Ninilchik Rivers and Deep Creek report sad to "somewhat fair" catches of silvers.

Fishing has been better in the morning because anglers are majorly pumped on caffeine and are so desperate for a strike that they have been counting snagged logs and bumping bottom as hits.

Fishing for Dolly Varden has been so slow in the lower stream sections that you have a better chance of catching your limit by taking a nap.

Some steelhead trout have started showing up on the end of hooks in the lower sections of the streams.

Treat those puppies gently if you pop one. The Anchor River, Deep Creek, Stariski Creek and the Ninilchik River steelhead must not be removed from the water and released immediately.

Salt Water: Halibut

Halibut fishing continues to be poor to fair in Kachemak Bay, but rocks if you scoot on out to central or southern Cook Inlet.

Anchor Point or Deep Creek waters remain cool, too.

For those of you that don't have a stud boat to blast on out into the inlet, don't forget Mud Bay. A 15-minute skiff run just east of the boat harbor has been producing some nice 25- to 100-pound flats in 50 feet of water.

I didn't want to mention the above secret again, but when but a certain city councilmember jumped my case about constantly reporting that K-Bay butt fishing has been sucking worse than a Hoover vac in a koi pond this summer, I had no choice.

I await his GPS numbers that will progressively share the location and wealth of nearby halibut holes, thus proving Fish and Game's sucko rating erroneous.

This should be fun.

Salt Water: Salmon

Silver salmon fishing in Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay is fair at Flat Island, Point Pogibshi and offshore. Trolling has been the most effective way at stomping the silvers.

Fishing for silvers in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit has been so poor lately that miniscule ripples on the water during minor tide change have been mistaken for a possible run.

Anglers are reporting good catches of feeder kings near Bluff Point.

Lingcod fishing has been fair to good. 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.

Cod, pollock, and a variety of flounders are plentiful off the end of the Homer Spit. All you need is some smelly bait, a bucket to sit on and an ability to stomach catching some really ugly fish.

Nick can be reached at ncvarney@gmail.com.

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