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Area Sport Fishing Reports

April 13, 2017

Regulation Reminders

  • Ship Creek is currently open to salmon fishing from the mouth to a cable 100 feet below the Chugach Power Plant Dam.
  • Campbell Creek (entire drainage) is closed to fishing April 15 – June 14.
  • Chester Creek (entire 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.
  • Eagle River (entire drainage) is closed to king salmon fishing. A section between the Bailey Bridge to an ADF&G marker at the Alaska State Park’s Campground will open to king salmon fishing on a weekend basis beginning Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29).


  • Ship Creek is closed YEAR ROUND to ALL fishing from 100 feet below the Chugach Power Plant Dam upstream to 300 feet above the Elmendorf Power Plant Dam, near the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery.
  • Campbell Creek from ADF&G markers on the upstream side of the Lake Otis Parkway Bridge to an ADF&G maker located near the forks at Piper Street, is only open to sport fishing from July 14 – September 30.
  • Fishing Tip: Before you go fishing ALWAYS review the sport fishing regulations.
  • For additional information about regulations in the Anchorage Bowl look in the 2017 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary. These will be available by April 24th.
  • Sport fishing licenses and King Stamps are available for purchase online at the ADF&G Online Store. Personal Use Dipnet and Shrimp Permits can be obtained online as well.

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. There is still a fair amount of ice on the creek and it is early for king salmon to be showing up in the creek.
  • All other waters in the Anchorage Management Area are currently closed to king salmon fishing.
  • If you are successful and would like to report a catch please contact the Sport Fish Information Center at 267-2218.
  • Fishing Tip: It has been a long winter. Brush up on your fish identification before you head out fishing. Test your fish identification knowledge with the new Pacific Salmon ID Quiz.


  • 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 APU/University Lake.

Lake Fishing

  • Lakes in the area still have ice and dissolved oxygen (D.O.) levels are low. A low D.O. can greatly effect fish activity, extra patience will be needed to catch fish.
  • The most recent lake stockings of Chinook salmon by the WJH Sportfish Hatchery have been at Cheney, Jewell and Mirror lakes.
  • Often after fish are stocked, they remain in large schools. Spend some time searching for these schools.
  • Fishing Tip: To improve your success in local stocked lakes review the lake bathymetric (Bottom depth profile) map as well as recent stocking data online. This will help you determine what type of fish you are fishing for and where they might be. Often a little walk or getting away from the pack will provide rewards.

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. Ice fishing was reported as slow last week.


  • 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:
  • No reports of hooligan catches have been received. They should pick up in the next couple of weeks.
  • 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 the 2017 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations summary booklets.


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