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Anchorage Management Area
Fishing Information

The Anchorage area includes all lakes and streams from Eklutna River (northern boundary) to Ingram Creek in Turnagain Arm (southern boundary). Anchorage is unique in the sport fishing world. Anglers can catch 20- to 30-pound king salmon and 8- to 10-pound silver salmon right in town. There’s also excellent fishing for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char, and Arctic grayling in area lakes and streams.

The majority of Anchorage-area sport fishing is the result of hatchery stockings. Though many streams within the Anchorage area support natural runs of one or all of the five Pacific salmon species, most of these native runs are too small to support sport fisheries. Check your regulation book carefully, or look at the quick guide on Page 7 of this handout, since many area flowing waters are closed to salmon fishing.

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The following links lead to regulation summaries of Alaska sport and personal use fishing regulations published by the Division of Sport Fish as a service to anglers. They are not intended to be a complete digest of all fishing regulations.

Regulations may be changed by the Alaska Board of Fisheries during its regular meetings, by emergency regulation, or by emergency order at any time. Any changes to the regulations are made available through the emergency order link below.

Anchorage Emergency Orders
Anchorage Regulations