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Area Sport Fishing Reports

July 28, 2016

Anchorage Area

Week of July 27 to August 2
Issued July 27, 2016

General Area Description: All waters draining into the east side of Knik arm south of, and including, the Eklutna River drainage, and all waters draining into the north and west sides of Turnagain Arm, and all waters draining into the south side of Turnagain Arm east of, and including, Ingram Creek.

Regulation Reminders

  • All waters in the Anchorage Bowl are closed to King salmon fishing.
  • Campbell Creek is open to coho fishing July 14–September 30 from the ADF&G markers under Dimond Blvd. bridge to ADF&G markers near Shelikof Street. In addition, coho fishing is open from ADF&G markers on the upstream side of the Lake Otis bridge to an ADF&G marker located near Piper Street. See the regulation book for a detailed map. The limit for coho salmon is 3 per day, 3 in possession.
  • Campbell Creek upstream of the forks near Piper Street open to fishing non-salmon species. Only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure is allowed. No retention of rainbow trout or steelhead is allowed. Check the regulations for specific regulations on fishing non-salmon species throughout the drainage.
  • Chester Creek (entire drainage) is closed to year round to all salmon fishing.
  • Bird Creek opened to fishing July 14–December 31 for salmon EXCEPT king salmon. The limit is 3 salmon per day/3 in possession for fish 16 inches or longer. Check the regulation book for additional restrictions.

For additional information about regulations in the Anchorage Bowl look in the 2016 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary.

Sport fishing licenses and king stamps are available for purchase online at the ADF&G Online Store. Personal Use Dipnetting and PWS Shrimp Permits can be obtained online as well.

Stream Fishing


  • Ship Creek closed to king salmon fishing on July 13. No retention of king salmon is allowed in Ship Creek.
  • Ship Creek is open to fishing 24 hours a day from the mouth up to the cable crossing roughly 100 feet below the Chugach Power Plant dam.
  • Reports of coho being caught on Ship creek have been increasing over the past week but remains slow. Anglers using roe under a slip bobber have reported catching coho during the incoming (flood) tide and just as the tide begins to go out.
  • Campbell Creek opened to coho salmon fishing on July 14. Check the regulation book as there are restrictions and the entire creek is NOT open to coho fishing. Fishing for coho on Campbell Creek has improved from last week. The recent rains have brought in fresh coho. Look for coho to congregate in large deep pools as the water level begins to subside.
  • Bird Creek opened to coho salmon fishing on July 14. Coho has been reported to be decent. Anglers are having to weed through pinks to catch silvers. Try using roe on the incoming and at high tide to minimize bycatch of pink salmon.
  • If you are successful and would like to report a catch please contact the Sport Fish Information Center at 267-2218.


  • Trout and Dolly fishing is open in sections of Campbell, Chester, and Ship creeks. Only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure is allowed. Check the regulations to make sure you are fishing in the open areas!
  • Trout fishing has been good on Chester and Campbell creeks. Try fishing egg patterns and beads for good Dolly Varden and rainbow trout action. Trout and Dolly Varden action should only get better over the next couple weeks.

Lake Fishing


  • The recent rain and good cloud coverage has had a positive effect on lake fishing in Anchorage. Fish have been reported to be moving and active, especially in the morning and late evenings. Try fishing black leeches or bead-head nymphs. Bait under a bobber or float have continued to catch fish over the last few weeks; particularly roe or shrimp on a small bait hook.
  •  Try Campbell Point, Sand, or Taku-Campbell lakes as they have been stocked within the last month. Mirror Lake is a great option for anglers looking for a short drive outside of Anchorage.

Symphony Lake:

  • Symphony Lake opened on July 1 and grayling fishing was reported as good. Do not forget to take a measuring tape with you since only one fish may be greater than 12 inches in length. The daily and possession limit is 5 grayling of those only one can be greater than 12 inches.
  • Anglers are doing well on both flies (e.g. Parachute Adams and nymphs) and spinners (e.g. Roostertails and Mepps).
  •  Early morning and later afternoon before or after the mid-day breeze are great times to target grayling at Symphony Lake.

Northern Pike

  • There are very few opportunities for Northern Pike in Anchorage as they are not native to the region. ADF&G has taken steps to keep pike out of Anchorage lakes.
  • Lower Fire Lake is the closest place to find Northern Pike in the Anchorage Area.
  • Pike are fun to fly fish for using frog, mouse and duckling patterns.
  • Casting or trolling spinners and small plugs are successful techniques for catching pike on Lower Fire Lake.
  • Very late in the evening can be a good time to target these predatory fish.
  • Please respect private property and quiet hours around Lower Fire Lake. Using a boat will increase your success rate substantially.


  • Hooligan dipnetting is closed. For additional information on hooligan dipnetting and hooligan dipnetting regulations, see Page 14 of the 2016 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations summary booklets.


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