Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 02, 2021

* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing, and wear a face-covering when social distancing is not possible and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store.

Freshwater Fishing


  • Dipnetting for hooligan (smelt) opened April 1 and will remain open until June 15 in freshwaters. There is no bag or possession limit. Fishing in the saltwater for hooligan has closed.
  • This is a personal use fishery and only Alaska residents can participate. No permit is required, but you do need a valid 2021 Alaska resident sport fishing license or ADF&G Permanent fishing license ID card with you.
  • Hooligan has shown up in Twentymile River and catches continue to fair to good. Hooligan run timing and strength are highly variable, but these fish could continue to come in over the coming weeks. But if you want hooligan don’t wait much longer since the last day to catch hooligan in freshwater is June 15.
  • 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. There is a new parking lot 0.7 miles before the Twentymile River parking lot.
  • For additional information on dipnetting for hooligan see page 16 of the 2021 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.

Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char

  • Spawning closures are in place for Campbell and Chester creeks. Both creeks closed to all sport fishing on April 15 and will remain closed through June 14 to protect spawning rainbow trout.


  • 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 only open to fishing between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day.
  • Kings are getting picked up every day and fishing should continue to improve. Try bait behind a spin-n-glow or spinners. Watch the tides and many fish are moving into the system with the flood or ebb tide.
  • 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 open ONLY on the following remaining dates June 5 - June 7, and June 12 - June 14, and June 19 - June 21. See page 46 of the 2021 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for more details.
  • Bird Creek is currently closed to salmon fishing.

Saltwater Fishing


  • Dipnetting for hooligan closed June 1 in salt waters. Hooligans are still getting caught in the freshwaters of Twentymile River.

Local Lakes

  • Lots of lakes have been stocked and more are getting stocked! Catchable-sized rainbow trout are the main fish getting stocked but select lakes are also getting some Arctic char. Try fishing small spinners or bait under a bobber to entice a bite out of these fish!
  • Most of the area lakes have been or will be, stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Fishing continues to be good.
  • Symphony Lake opens to fishing on July 1.
  • Check out the stocking webpage to find out when your favorite lake was last stocked.
  • Fishing on base? Just a reminder, you need to register with iSportsman and check with base personnel prior to fishing on JBER.
  • Northern pike is 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 keep it and call ADF&G at 907-746-6328.

Emergency Orders

  • Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.

Don't forget to purchase your 2021 sport fishing license and king stamp! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2021 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 2021 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.


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