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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Area Sport Fishing Reports

June 30, 2015

Anchorage Area

Week of June 30 to July 6

Regulation Reminders

  • Bird Creek (entire drainage) is closed to fishing January 1 – July 13.
  • Symphony Lake opens to fishing July 1.
  • Ship Creek closes for king fishing on July 13 at 12:59 p.m.
  • For additional information about regulations in the Anchorage Area look in the 2015 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary.

Emergency Order Currently in Effect

  • No. 2-RT-2-16-15 - Otter Lake (JBER) This emergency order increases the bag limit and possession limit for rainbow/steelhead trout in Otter Lake, located on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER) to 10 fish with no size limit. There continues to be no bag, possession, or size limits for northern pike. This emergency order is effective from 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 22 through 11:59 p.m. Friday September 25, 2015.
  • For additional information about sport fishing emergency orders and news releases:

Stream Fishing

Salmon Fishing:

  • Ship Creek is the only stream in the Anchorage area currently open to king salmon fishing. Fishing on Ship Creek is open from the mouth up to the cable crossing roughly 100 feet below the Chugach Power Plant dam. This section is closed to fishing between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Don’t lose track of time and fish late or start early. More and more kings are coming in with every tide and fishing continues to be good. Fishermen are also picking up a few pink salmon. The limit for pink salmon (16 inches or longer) is 3 per day, 3 in possession. Test your salmon identification skills at the following salmon id quiz before you hit the water.
  • All other waters in the Anchorage Management Area are closed to king salmon fishing.


  • Campbell Creek, Chester Creek, and portions of Ship Creek are now open to trout fishing. Campbell Creek and Chester Creek have both been recently stocked with rainbows. Ship Creek is not stocked with rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.
  • Ship Creek, from 100 feet above the Chugach Power Dam to Reeve Blvd Bridge, is open to catch and release rainbow trout fishing only. No retention of rainbow trout/ steelhead trout is allowed.

Lake Fishing


  • The Anchorage-area lakes have been stocked and fishing has been really good. The William Jack Hernandez Hatchery just completed the second round of stocking to Anchorage Area lakes. This second stocking contained a lot of nice catchable rainbow trout. For more details about when a lake was stocked last look online at the Fish Stocking Update. With the warm weather fishermen are having better success early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Symphony Lake is open to fishing as of July 1. Fishing should be good. The bag limit for grayling in Symphony Lake is 5 fish per day and 5 in possession, only 1 fish per day may be greater than 12 inches in length.

Northern Pike

  • We have had very few reports of pike fishing in the Anchorage Area. The Matsu area has many lakes where fishermen are still finding reliable pike numbers.
  • Lower Fire Lake or Otter Lake on base is the closest place to find a few Northern Pike in the Anchorage Area. In both of these lakes small pike can be found with a little effort.
  • Late evening hours are a good time to spear pike, or to shoot them with bow and arrow.
  • Pike are fun to fly fish for using frog, mouse and duckling patterns.
  • A reminder, if you are bow-fishing for pike, the arrow has to be attached to a string and the string to your bow.


  • Personal use fishing is closed for hooligan (smelt).


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