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Area Sport Fishing Reports

June 21, 2018

Regulation Reminders and Emergency Orders

Regulation Reminders

  • Per Emergency Order No. 2-KS-2-22-18, Units 1-6 of the Susitna River drainage are closed to fishing for king salmon beginning 6:00 a.m., Friday, June 22, 2018. Only one, single-hook, artificial lure will be allowed when fishing for other species through July 13. The Deshka River is included in this emergency order.
  • Per Emergency Order No. 2-KS-2-23-18, the Little Susitna River is closed to fishing for king salmon beginning 6:00 a.m., Friday, June 22, 2018. Only one, single-hook, artificial lure will be allowed when fishing for other species through July 13.
  • The Eklutna Tailrace is excluded from all king salmon emergency order restrictions.
  • Anglers are reminded to review Emergency Orders and News Releases and the 2018 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the Northern Cook Inlet Area before heading out on their next fishing trip. The Regulation Summary booklet is available on the ADF&G website, ADF&G offices, and local vendors.

Freshwater Fishing


  • Kings are being caught at the Eklutna Tailrace. This fishery is excluded from any emergency orders. Bag limits are one king salmon per day and in possession, 5 king salmon annually. This fishery is open 24 hours, 7 days a week and bait is allowed. Bait suspended under a bobber has been working for some anglers.

Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling

  • Parks Highway streams are back below flood stages and are forecasted to continue to drop into the weekend.
  • Fishing for rainbow trout on the Parks Highway streams from Willow Creek north will be excellent so long as water levels cooperate. Fishing for Dolly Varden and Arctic grayling should be good.
  • Willow Creek has multiple access points off Willow Fishhook Road. Montana Creek may be accessed at several locations off the Talkeetna Spur Road. Single day float trips are popular on Willow and Montana creeks.
  • For the adventurer, try the train ride to Indian Creek or hike up the North or Middle forks of Montana Creek.
  • This is a good time of year to float Lake Creek, Talachulitna River, Deshka River, or Clear Creek (Talkeetna drainage). All these floats are remote and require multiple days and some planning. The payoff is world class rainbow trout fishing in pristine settings.

Northern Pike

  • Pike fishing has been excellent lately. Try top-water weedless lures and flies fished in heavily vegetated waters.
  • For road-accessible pike fishing try Anderson, King, Horseshoe, and Rainbow lakes or the Nancy Lake Canoe System Lakes; specifically, Frazier, Little Frazier, Tanaina, Ardaw, Milo, Lynx, and Nancy lakes.
  • Pike are also present in the lakes, ponds and sloughs of the Susitna River drainage. Boat-accessible locations for pike fishing include the Deshka River, Fish Creek, Flathorn Lake, Hewitt Lake, Fish Creek (Kroto Slough), Moose Creek (Yentna River), and Alexander Creek.
  • For fly-in fishing try Alexander, Trapper, Shell, Eight-mile and Sucker lakes.

Lake Fishing

  • If you are looking for great fishing action and a nice quiet experience, find a stocked lake. Driving directions can be found on the ADF&G Lake Fishing Information webpage to all the public access points.
    • Lake stocking is near completion and you can drive in any direction to find a stocked lake in the valley.
  • Lakes with catchable trout include Matanuska, Lucille, Rocky, Loberg, South Rolly, Kink, Memory, Meirs, Kepler/Bradley, Canoe, Knob, North Knob, Weiner, Kashwitna, Willow, Coyote, Slipper (Eska), Gate, Mile 180, Tanaina, Walby, Long (mile 86), and Ravine lakes.
  • Lakes stocked with catchable char include Echo, Lynne, Memory, and Carpenter.

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