Area Sport Fishing Reports
Anchorage

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 16, 2022

Freshwater Fishing

Hooligan

  • Dipnetting for hooligan (smelt) in freshwater closed on June 16. Dipnetting for hooligan is closed for the season.

Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char

  • Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden fishing has opened on many parts of the Campbell Creek and Chester Creek drainages as of June 15. Water levels are still relatively high for this time of year, but the water clarity is improving. Anglers can have success for local trout by casting small spinners and spoons through deep pools or drifting nymph or egg imitation fly patterns.

Salmon

  • Ship Creek is open to king salmon fishing and few more fish come in each day. Water levels are high and turbid right now due to snow melt but should be dropping in the coming weeks and improve fishing. Bait behind a spin-n-glow with extra weight is your best bet right now until the water comes down.
  • Remember from May 15 through July 13 Ship Creek is only open to fishing between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. each day.
  • The Youth-Only Fishery for Chinook salmon at Ship Creek in Anchorage will take place from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. Anglers who are 15 years of age and younger will have a chance to fish for king salmon on Ship Creek from the upstream side of the C St. Bridge to the downstream side of the Bridge Restaurant. Youth anglers do not need a sport fishing license or king salmon stamp but do need a Harvest Record Card. Any king salmon harvested must be recorded immediately on the Harvest Record Card. While adults can assist youth anglers in landing a fish, this section of Ship Creek is closed to all fishing, including catch-and-release, for anglers 16 years of age and older during this time. See page 49 for the 2022 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for more info.
  • Eagle River drainage: From the 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 18 - June 20. See page 46 of the 2022 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary for more details.
  • Bird Creek is currently closed to fishing.

Saltwater Fishing

Hooligan

  • Dipnetting for hooligan in the saltwaters closed on June 1. Dipnetting for hooligan is closed for the season.

Local Lakes

  • Anchorage Bowl lakes are still fishing good! With the cooler weather in the forecast fishing should be good most of the day. If it warms back up it’s best to fish in the morning and evenings.
  • Have a canoe, kayak, or small raft and looking to get just outside of Anchorage? Give Mirror or Beach lakes a try. Rainbow trout were recently stocked in these lakes and are fun options.
  • Jewel and Sand lakes are also a fun fishing option right in town for shore fishing or better yet, dropping your raft into to catch some recently stocked fish.
  • Dry flies in the evening in the evening make for some fun fishing. Small spinners are a great option right now as well. These should work well at many of the stocked lakes.
  • Looking for information on Anchorage stocked lakes? Check out this publication which contains info such as how to access location and bathymetric maps.
  • 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 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.

Emergency Orders

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.

Don't forget to purchase your 2022 sport fishing license and king stamp! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2022 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, advisory announcements, and the 2022 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing in before you head out.

For additional information, please contact the Anchorage Area Office at (907) 267-2218.

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