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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.

Although Fish Creek sockeye salmon were once used in commercial, personal use, and subsistence fisheries, declining escapements and reduction of stocking levels have closed all but the autumn weekend-only rod-and-reel sport fishery.

The personal use fishery in Fish Creek does not open every year, and since the fishery is managed by emergency order, the fishery may close at any time if it does open in a given year.

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 is directed to 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 the upper end of the escapement goal of 50,000 fish.

If the escapement is projected to be above 50,000, then the Fish Creek personal use dipnet fishery may open July 10 through July 31. Dipnetting would be allowed 24-hours per day, 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.