Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 14, 2019

Week of June 12 - June 18

Freshwater Fishing


  • Part of Ship Creek is currently open to salmon fishing and fishing for king salmon continues to be good. Both lures and bait have been catching fish. Get to the creek a few hours before high tide to prepare for the incoming fish.
    • A Youth-Only Fishery (15 years and younger) will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The area open to youth-only anglers is from the C Street Bridge upstream to the Bridge Restaurant. Please be respectful to our youth in this area during this time and leave this designated area open for the kids.
  • In the Eagle River drainage from Bailey Bridge on Fort Richardson upstream to ADF&G markers in the Alaska State Parks Eagle River Campground king salmon fishing is ONLY open June 15 – June 17. 
  • Chester and Campbell creeks will open to fishing on June 15 for non-salmon species.
  • Bird Creek is currently closed to ALL fishing.

Trout (Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char) in local Creeks

  • Chester and Campbell creeks will open to sportfishing for non-salmon species on June 15. Fishing should be good. Chester and Campbell are currently closed to all salmon fishing.

Local Lakes

  • Anchorage area lakes are stocked with fish! And fishing well. Local lakes are a great option to easily get the family fishing.
  • 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.
  • 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! Lots of space to run around and 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 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 take your canoe or kayak on.
  • 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.


  • Dipnetting for hooligan is fresh waters is slowing down even though it is open through June 15. Saltwater is currently closed. This is a personal use fishery (which means for Alaska residents that have a 2019 sportfishing license) and there is no bag or possession limit. 
  • 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.

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.