Anchor River

Homer man cited for angling in closed Anchor River

Jun 30, 2020

    On Thursday, Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited a 25-year-old Homer man with 18 counts of sports fishing violations on the Anchor River, which is closed by emergency order through July 15 due to low king salmon returns.

    According to a trooper dispatch, Afanasy E. Basargin had illegally caught and retained 21 king salmon from the north fork of the Anchor River earlier in this month.

Flood Watch on Anchor River through Sunday morn

Apr 17, 2020

The Flood Watch issued for Anchor River due to snowmelt and the potential for ice jam flooding has been extended through Sunday morning, April 19.

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game plans to open the sport fishing season for king salmon slowly on the southern Kenai Peninsula.

Last year’s run was the second smallest on record and this year’s run is also expected to be small. In response, Fish and Game announced Monday that it won’t kick off the fishery on the weekend prior to Memorial Day, which is the typical opener. The department is also closing the fishery on five Wednesdays throughout the season and the last weekend the fishery typically remains open in June.

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Just as three rivers on the Kenai Peninsula are set to reopen to sport fishing next week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued more restrictions for sport anglers today/Friday.  

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Starting this summer, the Anchor River is going to receive some extra care. Stream Watch is expanding its river-stewardship program to Anchor Point.  The program trains volunteers to educate people about river systems and how to treat them.

Alice Main is the volunteer coordinator for the Stream Watch, and she says river-goers are often more receptive to receiving advice about best practices from a volunteer rather than from a government official.  

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Slow king salmon runs are prompting the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to close three popular rivers to sport fishing on the southern Kenai Peninsula.

Sport fishing in Deep Creek and on the Anchor and Ninilchik rivers will be closed starting midnight on June 2. The closures will run through July 15. The department also closed sport fishing for kings in salt water within 1 mile of shore from Bluff Point to the Ninilchik River.