Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
December 05, 2013
Winter Fishing Report: (Mat-Su)
Date: 12-02 through 12-16
• Don’t forget: your fishing license expires December 31. Licenses can be purchased at licensing vendors or online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/store/
• A sport fish license makes a great gift - one that lasts all year.
• 2013 Sport Fish regulation booklets are valid through April 15, 2014.
• Fishing stocked lakes has been very rewarding for anglers venturing out early this winter season. Lakes recently stocked with catchable fish include: Long Lake (mile 86 Glenn HWY), Seventeenmile, Finger, and Knik Lakes.
• Find information on ADF&G’s stocked lakes here: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=SportStockingHatcheriesSearch.main
• Be advised – ice fishing is at your own risk. ADF&G does not monitor ice thickness. Lakes freeze at various rates. Current reports indicate as little as 6 inches on some lakes and as many as 18 on others in the Mat-Su valley.
Places to Take a Kid Fishing (easily accessible locations)
• Finger Lake – wide variety of fish; high catch rates
• Knik Lake – recently stocked with landlocked king salmon
• Willow Lake
• Benka Lake
• Nancy Lake offers road accessible pike fishing. Alexander, Figure Eight, Flathorn, and Trapper lakes offer snowmachine accessible pike fishing.
• Big Lake offers arctic char, rainbow trout, and northern pike.
• Long Lake (mile 86)- char
• Seventeenmile Lake- char
• Finger Lake- catchable kings
ADF&G stocks several hundred brood char right after ice-up. These fish are spawned in the hatchery in late November. The fish are still in spawning mode when they are stocked through the ice. Try fishing for them in shallower water for the first few weeks after stocking. After this period of time they will make their traditional homes in deeper waters. Click here for more information on Arctic char: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=arcticchar.main