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Winter Salmon Fishing in Alaska

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I moved to Kenai, AK in 1971 when I was five years old. My father was an avid fisherman, and he in turn got me addicted. Since that time, like clockwork, we would switch from open water fishing to ice fishing in November. I had heard about the winter king salmon fishery in Homer, but wrote it off to a futile attempt by crazed daredevils to shake the winter blues. Then I got a kayak, and my life… errr, fishing schedule (same thing) changed.

I currently live in Anchorage, AK. Homer is basically an ice-free port. There are a few days every winter where the harbor locks tight with ice, but they are relatively rare. The king salmon fishing has been amazing in 2014. While the fish get harder to find and fewer during the months of December through January, they still can be caught. Launching from the end of the spit by Land’s End Hotel, the area is sheltered from north, east, and south winds. The daily limit is two fish per day (with no annual limit) from October 1 through March 31.

The fishing is fairly consistent through December, and then it gets harder to catch the fish, though they do get bigger with every month that passes. I have a write up that better details the fishery specific to the Homer Spit, which can be found here:  

If the ocean is not your thing, the upper and middle Kenai River is open to float. Most of the trout have moved into the lakes, but there are always a few fish around to be had! The best thing about this time of year is the lack of crowds. Before you think about winterizing your kayak and putting it away until spring, know that open water opportunities last all year here in southcentral Alaska. Kayaks excel in these situations, as you do not have to trailer a 26’ ocean boat or drift boat over wintery mountain passes to hit open water. Throw your kayak on top of the vehicle, and off you go!

Read 10911 times Last modified on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:55
Rudy Tsukada

Grew up in Kenai, now live in Anchorage, Alaska.  I have been fishing for over 40 years but this is my first real year kayaking.  Started with a Malibu Mini-x bought from craigslist.  Got to do some crazy things.  Pull shrimp pots from 400 ft, catch a couple of kings, a few halibut and now cohos.

Recently upgraded to an Hobie Outback.  Great yak!

The only con so far about Kayak fishing is the addictive nature.  This is going to cause a serious issue with the other activities competeing for my time.



+1 # MontyMurdoch 2014-12-12 08:24
You the man!!!!
+1 # Aggroman 2014-12-12 16:25
It's a hard life, but somebody's got to do it. :D Nice write up Rudy!
+1 # scyakangler 2014-12-15 00:38
Great write-up! I went to high school(Dimond High) in AK during the 1980's. I now live in the Carolinas.It's good to know that there is active fish (Salmon) during that time.

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