Fish Creek Personal Use Salmon Fishery

Fish Creek drains Big Lake, which is located approximately 60 highway miles north of Anchorage, and empties into the turbid waters of Knik Arm. Fish Creek crosses Knik Goose Bay Road at mile 16.

The Fish Creek personal use salmon fishery is governed by the Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon Fishery Management Plan. Under this plan, the Department may open the Fish Creek personal use dipnet fishery by Emergency Order only, and only if the Department projects that the escapement of sockeye salmon into Fish Creek will be above 35,000 fish.

If the escapement is projected to be above 35,000 fish, then the Fish Creek personal use dipnet fishery may open July 15 through July 31. Dipnetting would be allowed 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., 7 days per week.

When the fishery is open, the typical peak of the run is between July 15 and July 25.

This fishery is accessed by boat from Knik Arm or from the Knik-Goose Bay Road.

For information on Upper Cook Inlet personal use fisheries harvest and effort from 1996 to last season, please visit our cumulative harvest and effort data by fishery page.