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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Area Sport Fishing Reports

April 27, 2015

Anchorage Area

Week of April 27, 2015
Issued April 27, 2015

The 2015 Sport Fishing Regulation summaries are available!

Regulation Reminders

• Ship Creek is closed to fishing from the Chugach Power Plant Dam upstream to Reeves Boulevard April 15 – June 14.
• Campbell Creek Drainage is closed to fishing April 15 – June 14.
• Chester Creek Drainage is closed to fishing April 15 – June 14.
• Bird Creek (entire drainage) is closed to fishing January 1 – July 13.
• Symphony Lake is closed to fishing May 1 – June 30.

For additional information about regulations in the Anchorage Area look in the 2015 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary.

Stream Fishing


• Ship Creek is the only stream in the Anchorage area currently open to king salmon fishing. Fishing on Ship Creek is open from the mouth up to the cable crossing roughly 100 feet below the Chugach Power Plant dam.
• King salmon typically begin showing up in Ship Creek around mid-May.
• All other waters in the Anchorage Management Area are closed to king salmon fishing.


• All of Campbell Creek, Chester Creek, and portions of Ship Creek are currently closed to fishing to protect spawning rainbow trout. The closure on Chester Creek includes East and West Chester Lagoon and University Lake.

Lake Fishing

• The ice on many of the Anchorage Area lakes is melting fast if it isn’t completely gone already. We have had reports that most of the locally stocked lakes are currently ice free. The open water or ice edge should be producing some good fishing.

Little Campbell Lake

• Currently the road into Little Campbell Lake is closed to motorized vehicles. The Anchorage Municipality is evaluating the road conditions on a daily basis and will open the road up as soon as it is safe again. Be prepared for a little bit of a walk if you trying to access Little Campbell Lake within the next week.

Northern Pike

• Late evening hours are a good time to spear or 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. Try Lower Fire Lake and Otter Lake on JBER for pike.


• Open season for hooligan (smelt) in salt waters is April 1–May 31; in fresh waters, it is April 1–June 15. There is no bag or possession limit for personal use smelt. Hooligan may be taken by dip net in any fresh or salt water during this time period.
• This is a personal-use fishery and only Alaska residents can participate. No permit is required, but you do need an Alaska resident fishing license or ADF&G Permanent ID card with you.

20 Mile River
• Hooligan are being caught in the 20 Mile River, but this fishery is still very spotty. If you do go, it is best to fish for hooligan on the incoming tide.
• For your safety, and for the safety of others, please park well off the highway. Do not trespass on the railroad tracks or the railroad right-of-way. Please be respectful and take all your trash with you, don’t throw it on the ground.
• For more information on hooligan dipnetting and hooligan dipnetting regulations, see Page 13 of the 2015 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations summary booklets.

If you are successful and would like to report a catch please contact the Sport Fish Information Center at 267-2218.


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