Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

July 11, 2019

Week of July 10 - July 17

Freshwater Fishing


  • Part of Ship Creek is currently open to salmon fishing. King salmon fishing is slowing and coho salmon is picking up. Casting spinners and drifting roe have both been productive. On July 14 the retention of king salmon is no longer allowed on Ship Creek. Also starting July 14, the hour restriction is lifted allowing fishermen more time to fish for coho. Please immediately release all king salmon.
  • Portions of Campbell Creek opens to coho salmon fishing on July 14. No other salmon species may be targeted or retained on Campbell Creek.
  • Chester is closed to salmon fishing.
  • Bird Creek (lower portion) opens July 14 to fishing (except for king salmon).

Trout (Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char)

  • Chester and Campbell creeks are open to sportfishing for trout. A section of North Fork Campbell Creek runs through a recently burned section. You may still see fire crews finishing up if you adventure into that section of Campbell Creek.  
    • Try small spinners or bead-head nymphs in deep pools or along cutbanks. 

Local Lakes

  • Symphony Lake is open to fishing for grayling. These grayling are hungry so anglers casting small spinners or a fly are having 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 had a die off of stickleback and blackfish related to the warm water. Also, a couple of dead char were reported at Little Campbell most likely a result of warmer water.
  • Sand Lake is a great option for those fishing from a canoe or kayak.
  • Lakes on JBER lakes continue to fish well.
  • Find information on Anchorage lakes in this informational packet.
  • 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.