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Recent Anchorage News Releases
Sport Fish Area Fishing Report
Current Sport Fish Area Fishing Report
July 22, 2014
Week of July 22 to July 29
Issued July 29, 2013
• All waters in the Anchorage Management Area are closed to king salmon fishing.
• Bird Creek, from its mouth upstream to the ADF&G marker, is now open to fishing (except king salmon). The rest of the Bird Creek drainage remains closed to salmon fishing and the entire drainage is always closed to king salmon fishing.
• Sections of Campbell Creek are open to fishing for silver salmon, but this creek remains closed to fishing all other salmon.
• Ship Creek, from its mouth to the ADF&G marker downstream of the Chugach Power plant dam, is open to fishing (except king salmon).
• Symphony Lake, the arctic grayling bag limit is 5 fish per day, 5 in possession, only 1 fish per day may be greater than 12 inches in length.
• Sections of streams at the head of Turnagain Arm are now closed to all fishing by regulation.
For more details: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishregulations.sc_sportfish
• Pink, chum, and silver salmon are starting to arrive to Turnagain Arm streams. It is a great time to continue working on the Five Salmon Family Challenge: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSport.fiveSalmonFamily .
• Sections of Campbell Creek are open for silver fishing, although silvers may be present in low numbers. Fishing has been slow.
• People are catching silvers in Ship Creek from its mouth up to the cable crossing at the Chugach Power Plant Dam. Fishing is better at night or early in the morning.
• Bird Creek is open to salmon fishing (except king salmon). The best fishing is on the flood and ebb tides. Be careful when fishing in bear country. We have had many reports of bears in this area.
Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling
• Campbell Creek and Chester Creek have both been stocked with rainbows. Both Creeks have good visibility and fishing is good. Trout are keying in on eggs from spawning salmon. Fishermen will improve their catches by using egg imitation patterns.
• All Anchorage Area stocked lakes have been stocked with their second round of rainbow trout. Check the ADF&G web site for lakes that may have been stocked near you:
• Anglers have been reporting better success early in the morning or later in the evening. During these periods the fish are more actively feeding although fish are still being caught throughout the day.
• Fishermen have been doing well from the shore, but many fishermen are increasing their catches by getting away from the easily accessible parts of the lake by either using a canoe or float tube. If you do go out in a boat make sure to be safe and wear a life jacket. After boating and before you go into another lake or stream please help reduce the transmission of invasive species by cleaning, draining, drying, and decontaminating your boat and gear.
• Fishermen are reporting good catches of rainbow trout in West Chester Lagoon using both bait below a bobber or spinners. West Chester Lagoon is part of the Chester Creek Drainage and is stocked with rainbow trout; therefore the limits for stocked waters apply. Chester Creek is closed to all salmon fishing
• Symphony Lake is produced some nice grayling catches. This is a great option for a nice hike and good fishing combined. Fishermen are reporting catching grayling by both fly and spinning tackle. Try fishing the outlet, many fish have a tendency to congregate in this area.
• Late evening hours are a good time to spear, or to shoot pike with bow and arrow. A reminder, if you are bow-hunting for pike, the arrow has to be attached to a string and the string to your bow.
• Surface lures are also a fun way to fish for pike. Try frog, mouse and duckling patterns that make a lot of movement on the lake surface – both fly and spinning tackle can be used.
• Try for pike at Lower Fire Lake and Otter Lake.