Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 24, 2020
* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by following and reviewing the current State of Alaska Health Mandates in effect. This includes practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing and wearing a face covering when fishing and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 010.
* The Alaska Board of Fisheries adopted two proposals establishing new sport fish regulations for the Anchorage Management Area at its Anchorage February 2020 meeting. Please see the 2020 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet for a complete summary of the Anchorage sport fisheries regulations.
Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- There are currently no Emergency Orders for the Anchorage Management Area.
- Dipnetting for hooligan (smelt) is closed.
Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char
- Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden fishing opened on many parts of the Campbell Creek and Chester Creek drainages on June 15. Campbell Creek was stocked with rainbow trout two weeks ago and they should be well acclimated. Anglers can have success for local trout by casting small spinners and spoons through deep pools or drifting nymph or egg imitation fly patterns.
- 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.
- Remember from May 15 - July 13 Ship Creek is open to fishing between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day.
- King salmon continue to be picked up at Ship Creek on the incoming and outgoing tides. Two to four hours before and after high tide have been the best times to catch king salmon on Ship Creek. Both bait and spinners have been productive. Salmon roe under a bobber or behind a spin-n-glow has been the preferred method for targeting Ship Creek king salmon.
- Campbell Creek Youth-Only king salmon fishery will occur this weekend, June 27 and
June 28, 2020, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Anglers who are 15 years of age and younger will have a chance to fish for king salmon on Campbell Creek between Dimond Boulevard and the Old Seward Highway. Youth anglers do not need a sport fishing license or king salmon stamp but do need a Sport Fish Harvest Record Card.
- A survey was conducted on the creek this week and counts of king salmon are low. However, this creek provides great additional opportunities for anglers to catch rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. Adjacent to Campbell Creek off of East 76th Ave. and King Street is Taku/Campbell Lake which has been stocked with rainbow trout and Arctic grayling and is also a great opportunity for young anglers to catch some fish! Adults are allowed to fish in the lake any time.
- Unfortunately, ADF&G will not be providing loaner rods, gear, or bait this year for the Youth-Only Fishery. Campbell Creek is always closed to adults fishing for kings.
- Eagle River drainage is closed to king salmon fishing.
- Dipnetting for hooligan (smelt) is closed.
- Anchorage Bowl lakes continue to fish great! Not familiar with all the stocked lakes? Check out our handy brochure with locations, access, and other valuable information on our Anchorage area lakes.
- Jewel Lake was stocked last week with lots of catchable rainbow trout! Fishing should be good to excellent for these hungry trout. Try casting small spinners or fishing a single egg or worm under a bobber in the mornings or evenings.
- Stocked Arctic grayling might be on the smaller side, but they are such a treat for the kids to catch. Launch a canoe or raft into Taku/Campbell or Delong lakes in Anchorage or Alder Pond in Portage Valley. Small nymphs have been working well to catch these fish.
- Arctic char have been stocked in Sand, Campbell Point, Green, Fish, Clunie, and Thompson lakes.
- Sand Lake is one of the larger Anchorage lakes, but it has a variety of fish species in it. A canoe or kayak provides anglers a great opportunity to fully explore this lake.
- Lakes on JBER have been stocked catchable rainbow trout. Just a reminder, you need to register with iSportsman and check with base personnel prior to fishing on JBER.
- Check out the stocking webpage to find out where fish have been stocked.
- Symphony Lake will open 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.
Don’t forget to bring your 2020 sport fishing license and king stamp! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2020 sport fishing license and king stamp through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review Emergency Orders and the 2020 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the Anchorage Area Office at (907) 267-2218.