Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 06, 2019

Week of June 5 – June 11

Freshwater Fishing


  • Ship Creek is currently open to salmon fishing from the mouth to a cable 100 feet below the Chugach Power Plant Dam. The remainder of the creek up to 300 feet above the Elmendorf Power Plant Dam, near the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery, is CLOSED YEAR-ROUND to ALL fishing.
    • King salmon fishing continues to get better! Both lures and bait have been catching fish. Get to the creek a few hours before high tide to prepare for the incoming fish.
  • In the Eagle River drainage from the Bailey Bridge on Fort Richardson upstream to ADF&G markers in the Alaska State Parks Eagle River Campground king salmon fishing is ONLY open on the following dates: June 8- 10 and June 15 - 17. 
  • Chester and Campbell creeks will open to fishing on June 15 for non-salmon species.
    • Campbell Creek will be open for a youth-only king salmon fishery on June 29 and June 30 but remains closed to king salmon fishing at all other times. This creek will open for coho salmon fishing July 14.
    • Chester Creek is never open for salmon fishing.
  • Bird Creek will open on July 14 to fishing for all salmon, except king salmon. It is currently closed to ALL fishing.

Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char

  • Chester and Campbell creeks will open to sportfishing for non-salmon species on June 15. Spawning closures are currently in place to protect spawning rainbow trout. Both creeks are annually closed April 15 - June 14 to protect these fish.
    • The closure on Chester Creek includes East and West Chester Lagoon and APU/University Lake. 


  • Dipnetting for hooligan in the saltwater is now closed. Freshwaters remain open until June 15. This is a personal use fishery (which means only Alaska residents with a 2019 sport fishing license) and there is no bag or possession limit.
  • Very few hooligan reports have come in regarding 20-Mile River. Still focus on getting there before the high tide if you want to get a few fish but this run has likely wrapped up.
  • 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. Please obey all signs and do not block the boat launch.
  • For additional information on dipnetting for hooligan see the 2019 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.

Local Lakes

  • Grayling are back!
    • Alder Pond and Beach lakes were stocked with Arctic grayling and are fishing well! These are a fun fish to catch on a fly or lure.
  • Anchorage lakes are stocked with fish!
    • Mirror Lake is a good option and has been fishing well for rainbow trout.
    • Cheney Lake was stocked with some nice sized rainbow trout on May 29! This is a great location to take the kids fishing. Lots of space to run around. Flies, spinners, and bait under a bobber are all good options. Lots of anglers have been spending time at Cheney over the last week but fishing is best during the cooler portions of the day.
    • Little Campbell Lake was stocked earlier this week with some nice rainbow trout.
      • A canoe and dry flies would make for a nice evening activity this week.
    • Over 2,000 Arctic char were stocked in Sand Lake a couple of weeks ago. This lake should continue to fish well throughout the summer. Limited shore access makes this a better lake to get your canoe or kayak.
    • Lakes on JBER that have been stocked with catchable rainbow trout including Green, Clunie, Hillberg, Spring, and Gwen. Reports are that all the lakes on base have been fishing well!
  • Symphony Lake will open to fishing on July 1.
  • Northern pike are not native to Anchorage area lakes but there are some in Lower Fire Lake. If you catch a pike in any Anchorage area lake, please do not release it and please contact the ADF&G Sport Fish Division immediately at 907-267-2218.

Emergency Orders

  • There are currently no Emergency Orders for the Anchorage Management Area.

For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Anchorage Sport Fish Info Desk at (907) 267-2218.