Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 05, 2013
Emergency Orders and regulation reminders:
• Due to anticipated king salmon shortages, harvest will be limited or not allowed in many areas of the Matsu this season. There will be opportunity for catch-and-release fishing in many areas where harvest is not allowed. The total annual limit of king salmon 20 inches or longer taken in combination from the Susitna River drainage and Little Susitna River is two (2). The annual limit for fresh waters of Cook Inlet remains at five (5), but no more than two of those five may be taken from the Susitna River drainage Units 1-6 and the Little Susitna River. Also within the Susitna and Little Susitna drainages, only one, unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure is allowed while fishing for king salmon and anglers must stop fishing for any species of fish in waters open to king salmon fishing after harvesting a king salmon. Deshka River is included in these restrictions.
• Parks Highway streams within Unit 2 of the Susitna River will be further restricted to catch-and-release only. Catch and release fishing for king salmon will be allowed only during times the normal king salmon fishery is open by regulation, which is through the third Monday in June and then for 2 consecutive 3-day weekends (Saturday-Monday). Dates in 2013 for catch and release correspond through June 17, then June 22-24, and June 29-July 1. Fishing for trout and other species will not be affected by these emergency regulations for king salmon and will continue as written in current regulation.
• All waters of Unit 1 (except the Deshka River), Unit 3, Unit 5, and the Chulitna River in Unit 6 will be further restricted to catch-and-release fishing.
• Waters of Unit 4 (Yentna River drainage) will be further restricted by allowing harvest Friday–Monday only. Catch-and-release fishing for king salmon will be allowed Tuesday–Thursday. The exception within Unit 4 is Talachulitna River drainage where fishing for king salmon will be limited to catch-and-release only seven days per week.
• King salmon fishing on the Little Susitna is further restricted as follows: harvest is allowed only on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. King salmon harvest (of any size) is prohibited on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; only catch-and-release fishing is allowed on these days. King salmon that are intended to be released may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
• The Deshka River is backed up and muddy for the first few miles. Water levels are dropping daily and fishing conditions should improve by the weekend. The Deshka weir should be operational by this weekend.
• To date, only two kings have passed the weir and water is high. Ayrshire Rd out to the Little Susitna Public Use Facility has been repaired and anglers are able to access the boat launch, river, and campground.
• The season’s first kings have been reported caught at the Eklutna Tailrace and the lower Little Susitna. The Eklutna Tailrace is excluded from all king salmon emergency order restrictions.
• Anglers are reminded that flowing waters in the Palmer-Wasilla Zone are CLOSED to all fishing until June 15.
Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling
• Parks Highway streams should see improved fishing conditions. Willow Creek and Montana Creek are providing more action for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, and grayling as streams continue to clear. Evening fishing is best.
• Many flowing waters along the Parks Highway are catch-and-release only for rainbow trout until June 15.
• Reminder, Deception Creek is closed to all fishing until June 15.
• In the freshwaters of West Cook Inlet and the Susitna River drainage, anglers are not allowed to release live pike back into the water. Pike not retained for personal use may be disposed of through lawful and safe methods, including returning dead pike to the water.
• Pike fishing should be outstanding in the Nancy Lake Canoe system.
• Try Big Lake near Meadow Creek and Nancy Lake at the outlet.
• For fly-in pike fishing, try Alexander, Shell, Eightmile, Trapper, Flathorn and Sucker lakes. Flathorn and Alexander are outstanding right now.
• Anglers may retain as many pike as they catch – there is no bag or possession limit.
• Stocked catchable grayling are now in Canoe and Finger Lakes. Lakes recently stocked with rainbow trout include: Walby, Memory, Matanuska, Meirs, Lucille, Loberg, Knik, Kepler/Bradley, Finger, Irene, Echo, and Canoe Lakes.
• Hooligan are in large numbers near the mouth of the Yentna and headed up the Susitna, this will most-likely be the best weekend to fish them.
• For best results by boat, try the mouth of the Yentna or just downstream of the Deshka River, hooligan are in close to the landing as well.
• You must hold an Alaskan resident sport fishing license (or ADF&G senior license or ADF&G Disabled Veteran’s license) in order to use a dipnet to catch hooligan. You may take as many hooligan as you will use.