Area Sport Fishing Reports
Anchorage

Archived Sport Fishing Report

July 06, 2022

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Freshwater Fishing

Hooligan

  • 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 have dropped, and fishing has been good! 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, but fishing has been slow. Fishing for kings is only open for one more week and coho salmon are already starting to make an appearance. Water levels have dropped and clarity in the creek has been better. Bait behind a spin-n-glow or spinners can both work well to catch these kings.
    • 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. Starting July 14 fishing is allowed 24 hours a day.
  • Campbell and Chester creeks are closed to salmon fishing.
    • Portions of Campbell Creek will open to coho salmon fishing from July 14 to
      September 30 so get your gear ready!
  • Bird Creek is currently closed to all fishing until July 14.

Saltwater Fishing

Hooligan

  • Dipnetting for hooligan is closed for the season.

Local Lakes

  • Anchorage Bowl lakes are still fishing good! With the warm temperatures fishing will be best in the morning and evenings when it cooler.
  • Have a canoe, kayak, or small raft and looking to get just outside of Anchorage? Give Mirror or Beach lakes a try. Both lakes are stocked with rainbow trout and are fun options.
  • Campbell Point/Little Campbell Lake has been fishing great! Dry flies have been a great option as well as small spinners. Using a raft or canoe in the lake is a good option though you walk all around this lake and access different fishing spots from shore.
  • Dry flies 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.
  • Symphony Lake opened to fishing on July 1. This is a great hike in and fish location with lots Arctic grayling fishing fun! Small spinners, dry flies, you name it, these fish will bite on them all!
  • Looking for information on Anchorage stocked lakes? Check out this publication which contains info such as how to access locations 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! 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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