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Area Sport Fishing Reports

August 14, 2019

Week of August 14 - August 20

Freshwater Fishing


  • Ship Creek is CLOSED to king salmon fishing. Portions of the creek remain open to coho and pink salmon, with no time restrictions.
    • Coho salmon fishing keeps getting better on Ship Creek. Casting spinners and drifting roe have both been productive.
    • Fewer pinks are being caught as many have moved upstream.
  • Portions of Campbell Creek opened to coho salmon fishing on July 14. See map below. No other salmon species may be targeted or retained on Campbell Creek.
    • Fishing on Campbell Creek for coho salmon picked up a little but the lack of rain is still holding many fish back. Remember, Campbell Lake is closed to fishing and fishing anywhere below the fence under the Dimond Boulevard overpass is not allowed.
  • Chester Creek is closed to salmon fishing.
  • Bird Creek (lower portion) opened July 14 to fishing (except for king salmon which is always closed).
    • Fishing for coho salmon continues to be good. Successful anglers are having to put their time in to catch limits, but it is possible! Drifting row under a float and spinners have both been productive. This creek is highly influenced by the tide and most people fish on either side of the tide and not at peak high or low tide.

Trout (Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char)

  • Chester and Campbell creeks are open to fishing for trout. A section of North Fork Campbell Creek runs through a recently burned section.
    • Try small spinners or bead-head nymphs in deep pools or along cutbanks.

Local Lakes

  • Warm weather has continued making mornings and late evenings still the best time. During the day target shaded areas.
  • Fish have been active in Little Campbell and Delong lakes. Fly anglers should be able to have some fun with dry flies.
  • Sand Lake continues to be a great option for those fishing from a canoe or kayak.
  • Symphony Lake is open to fishing for grayling. Anglers casting small spinners, or a fly are having good success.
  • Lakes on JBER lakes continue to fish well.
  • Find information on lakes in this informational packet.

Northern pike

  • 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 and please contact the ADF&G Sport Fish Division immediately at 907-267-2218.


  • Dipnetting for hooligan is closed in saltwaters and freshwaters.

Emergency Orders

Please review the Emergency Orders and News Releases below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.

  • There are currently no Emergency Orders for the Anchorage Management Area.

For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Anchorage Sport Fish Info Desk at (907) 267-2218.


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