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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Area Sport Fishing Reports

January 06, 2015

Winter Fishing Report: Anchorage Area

Date: 1-5 through 1-20-2015

Regulation Reminders
• January 1, 2015 marks the start of a new licensing year. Remember to buy one prior to heading out on your next adventure.
• 2014 Sport Fish regulation booklets are valid through April 15, 2015, or when the 2015 regulations become available.
• Licenses can be purchased at licensing vendors or online at
• Check page 4 of the Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing regulation summary booklet for legal ice fishing gear description.
• Anchorage Area regulations start on page 36.

Stocked Lakes
Fishing tends to slow during the month of January. Fish are less aggressive and strikes tend to be soft. Fishing is normally much better during the early morning hours and evening hours. Fishing in Anchorage has been spotty. Anglers are reporting fairly good success at DeLong, Little Campbell and Jewel Lake. A lot of blackfish are being caught at DeLong and Little Campbell.

For Arctic char and land-locked salmon, concentrate your efforts in 16-18 feet of water. A jig tipped with salmon roe or a small piece of shrimp fished near the bottom is a productive strategy. Remember your bag limits!

Page 10 of the regulation booklet lists all the Anchorage Area stocked lakes. Lakes stocked with land-locked salmon (LS) and Arctic char (AC) are also stocked with rainbow trout (RT) and will likely have the highest density of fish.

Link to Anchorage-area stocked lakes page:

Anchorage-area lakes ice thickness report:

Places to Take a Kid Fishing (easily accessible locations)
Cheney Lake is a great place to take kids fishing. The lake is full of hungry chinook and rainbow trout. The most effective way to take these fish is to use a small jig tipped with cured shrimp.

Here is a link to a map of Cheney Lake:

Un-stocked Lakes
The adventurous type may want to ski into Rabbit Lake and try their hand at ice fishing for rainbow trout. This lake is stocked only once every three years. It was last stocked in 2012 with about 1,000 catchable sized fish.

Hot Spot
For a shot at northern pike, try Lower Fire Lake in Eagle River.

Fish Facts:
The famous Swedish naturalist, Carlolus Linnaeus was the first to describe arctic char from an alpine lake in northern Swedish Lapland in 1758. He named the fish Salvelinus alpinus, or “alpine char”. Learn more about Arctic char here:


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