I hear and read lots of information regarding fishing the Cook Inlet (salmon, bottom fish and shellfish) around the south peninsula areas but I can't find much information about fishing the central Inlet north (say Kenai and north toward Anchorage)? There are obviously lots of salmon in this part of the inlet since there are so many good fishing rivers that feed the north inlet. When I search for combo salmon/halibut in Kenai, it looks like they will fish the river (fresh water) for salmon then take you to the south inlet for halibut. Yet the south combo trips will fish the inlet (salt) for everything.
So my questions are:
I have seen photos of boats packed on the Kenai river but do folks fish the inlet (salt) before the fish enter the river?
If not, why?
How far north in the inlet do folks fish for Halibut, other bottom fish, and crab & shrimp?
Can folks that live in the Kenai/Soldotna area motor out in the inlet from Kenai and crab, shrimp, and fish, or do they need to go south for some reason?
Does the inlet area around Anchorage have a decent fishery (including shell fish)?