Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

July 03, 2019

Week of July 2 - July 8

Freshwater Fishing


  • Part of Ship Creek is currently open to salmon fishing and fishing for king salmon continues to be good. The creek has been clearing up nicely for anglers. Both lures and bait have been catching fish. Get to the creek a few hours before high tide to prepare for the incoming fish. If the tides are small you might want to focus your efforts further downstream. Casting spinners and drifting roe have both been productive.
  • Chester and Campbell creeks are closed to salmon fishing.
  • Bird Creek is currently closed to ALL fishing.

Trout (Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char)

  • Chester and Campbell creeks opened to sportfishing for trout on June 15. Anglers are having a good time catching catchable sized rainbow trout and Dolly Varden on the creek.
    • Try small spinners or bead-head nymphs in deep pools or along cutbanks. 

Local Lakes

  • Symphony Lake opened to fishing July 1. These Arctic graylings are hungry, so anglers casting small spinners, or a fly should have good success.
  • This warm weather means some morning and evening dry flies will be great action! If you have a canoe, try fishing a little deeper for those fish seeking refuge from the warm water.
  • Mirror Lake continues to be a good option that has been fishing well!
  • Don’t forget that Arctic grayling are back! Alder Pond, Sand and Beach lakes were stocked with Arctic grayling last month and are fishing well! These are a fun fish to catch on a fly or lure.
  • Sand Lake is a great option for those fishing from a canoe or kayak.
  • Lakes on JBER were stocked with catchable rainbow trout last month excluding Green Lake that was stocked last week! Base lakes continue to fish well.
  • Find information on lakes in this informational packet.

Northern Pike 

  • 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 closed in saltwaters and freshwaters.

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.