Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 23, 2022
- The Soldotna ADF&G office is now offering a fishing rod loaner program and has salmon fishing gear anglers can borrow for up to three days. This is a first-come, first-served program and rods cannot be reserved. For more information, check out the Rod Loaner Program webpage or contact Jenny Gates at
- ADF&G is mobile. You can purchase and display your fishing license and king stamp, record your annual harvest (i.e. king salmon, halibut), access sport fishing regulations and locations, and so much more on your mobile device. Download the ADF&G Mobile App today.
- The early-run Kenai River king salmon sport fishery is closed. Fishing for king salmon of all sizes in the Kenai River is prohibited. Please see the emergency order below for more info.
- Fishing for rainbow trout in the middle Kenai River is fair.
- Kasilof River (from the mouth upstream to Tustumena Lake) king salmon fishing is closed. Fishing for king salmon of any size including hatchery-origin fish is prohibited. Please see the emergency order below for more info.
- Sockeye fishing on the Upper Kenai and Russian rivers is good and anglers are catching limits. The Russian River Sanctuary area opened to fishing on June 22 and by emergency order, bag limits on the Upper Kenai and Russian rivers will increase to six per day and 12 in possession at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 25. Anglers are reminded that they may possess only the limit allowed for the waters they are actively fishing. Please see emergency orders below for more info
- Lower Kenai River sockeye salmon fishing has been fair to slow for anglers willing to put in the time. Try fishing at Centennial Park, Rotary Park, Donald E. Gilman River Center, Soldotna Visitors Center, Moose Range Meadows, or Soldotna Creek Park.
- The personal use set gillnet fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River will close to fishing on Friday,
June 24. Fishing hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Please see below the emergency order for more info. Don’t forget to submit your personal use harvest report, if you are done for the season. All harvest reports are due online by August 15.
- The Kasilof River dipnet fishery opens to fishing on Saturday, June 25. Fishing is allowed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. An Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permit is required in addition to a sport fishing license. Only Alaska residents can participate in this fishery.
- Lake fishing for rainbow trout, Arctic char, Arctic grayling, and land-locked salmon should be good to excellent. Try fishing with dry or wet flies such as an egg-sucking leech, bead head nymph, or mosquito pattern; small spoons and spinners size #0 or #2; or small bait under a bobber.
- Spirit (Elephant) Lake access gate is open, and the lake was recently stocked with approximately
5,500 catchable-sized Arctic char averaging 9.3 inches long.
- John Hedberg Lake was recently stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout catchables and fishing is excellent.
- Island Lake was recently stocked with approximately 5,500 catchable-sized Arctic char averaging
9.3 inches long.
- Johnson Lake was recently stocked with approximately 1,600 catchable-sized rainbow trout.
- Sport Lake was recently stocked with approximately 2,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout.
- Not familiar with all the stocked lakes in the area? Check out the ADF&G publication with locations, access, and other valuable information on Kenai Peninsula area lakes. More lake information can be found on the ADF&G Alaska Lakes Database.
- Interested in recent stocking activities at lakes? Check out the ADF&G stocking database online.
- Many local lakes have been stocked with rainbow trout and coho salmon fingerling recently. For specific lake stocking information including species stocked and numbers of fish stocked, directions, bathymetric maps, and amenities, please visit the ADF&G Alaska Lakes Database.
Please review the emergency orders and advisory announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-1-31-22 reduces the hours open during the personal use set gillnet fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River. The hours open to fishing in the personal use set gillnet fishery will be reduced to 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily from Wednesday, June 15 through Friday, June 24, 2022.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-1-30-22 prohibits the retention of king salmon in the Kasilof River effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 through 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2022. Fishing for king salmon of any size, including hatchery-origin fish is prohibited. Effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 16 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022, from its mouth upstream to the Sterling Highway Bridge will be open to catch and release. Waters from the Sterling Highway Bridge upstream to the outlet of Tustumena Lake, 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 16 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022, will remain closed to king salmon fishing and anglers are limited to only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure while fishing for other species.
Kenai River and Russian River
- Emergency Order 2-RS-1-37-22 increases the bag and possession limits for salmon, other than king salmon, to six fish per day and twelve fish in possession in that area of the Kenai River upstream from Skilak Lake to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards upstream of the public boat launch at Sportsman’s Landing including the Russian River Sanctuary Area, and the Russian River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G marker located approximately 600 yards downstream from the Russian River Falls at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 25 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2022.
- Emergency Order 2-RS-1-35-22 opens the Russian River Sanctuary Area to sport fishing from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 22 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2022.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-1-22-22 supersedes prior Emergency Orders and will prohibit the retention of king salmon of all sizes in the Kenai River from the mouth upstream to the outlet of Skilak effective 12:01 am Wednesday, June 8 through 11:59 pm Thursday, June 30. Fishing for king salmon will remain closed from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 1 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022, in waters of the Kenai River drainage from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake. This closure prohibits all sport fishing for king salmon, including catch-and-release fishing. King salmon may not be retained or possessed; king salmon accidentally caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. Additionally, in the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 1, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022, is restricted to the use of only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure, and anglers may not retain king salmon of any size. King salmon may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
- Emergency Order 2-NP-1-04-22 prohibits the retention of any species of fish in East Mackey, West Mackey, Sevena, Union, and Derks lakes for the 2022 season.
- Emergency Order 2-DV-1-03-22 establishes a bag and possession limit of Arctic char/Dolly Varden in Stormy Lake of one fish, less than 16 inches in length for the 2022 season.
Don’t forget to purchase your 2022 sport fishing license and king stamp! Purchase your 2022 sport fishing license and king stamp through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review emergency orders, advisory announcements, and the 2022 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing in before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Soldotna Area Office at (907) 262-9368.