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    Default Cook Buts and Lings

    From Ninilchik, how far north into CI could you expect to find decent halibut/ling fishing? How's the fishing around Anchorage?

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    Um, pretty much non-existent that far north in the inlet. Very silty water and high tidal currents make this area a very poor habitat for bottom dwellers such as halibut and lings. The only real sealife action that takes place in this area is the runs of cohos and chinooks, along with the whales that chase them in. Salt options near Anchorage will be PWS, North Gulf Coast, and the southern area of Cook Inlet.

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    I have caught small buts near Kalgin. Haven't done anything north of that.
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    I've heard of folks catching rock fish around Kalgin Island, and butts being found off the mouth of the Kenai gorging on the spawned out salmon. But further North than that you are unlikely to get into any bottom fish. Ling cod hold onto rocky structure, and UCI is a big silt filled trough.

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    Up to Point Possesion.

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    Possibly beyond it, but unlikely. Roughly equivalent to finding a deer in Anchorage (may be a few around, but highly unusual).

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    I've caught halibut as far north as the Kenai River but I've never tried farther north. I 've had friends throw lines over the platforms and have never caught anything other grey cods. I don't believe there are lings in cook inlet north of homer.

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