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Area Sport Fishing Reports
February 02, 2015
Winter Fishing Report: Anchorage Area
Date: 2-2 through 2-16-2015
• January 1, 2015 marked 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 https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/store/
• 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.
Ice Fishing Events in February. ADF&G staff will be on hand and will provide gear to anglers. These events are free to the public. Questions? Call 267-2218.
Friday, February 13th at Mirror Lake from 3 to 6 p.m.
Friday, February 27th at Cheney Lake from 3 to 6 p.m.
Fishing in stocked lakes has begun to pick up lately. Anglers are reporting fairly good success at DeLong, Taku- Campbell and Jewel Lake. A lot of blackfish are being caught at DeLong and Campbell Point Lake.
By regulation, sport fishing through the ice is permitted using two closely attended lines, provided only one hook or artificial lure is used on each line. Additional gear may be used for northern pike and burbot as specified in statewide regulation or area regulations.
There are no “five-line lakes” within the Anchorage vicinity – this includes Lower Fire Lake in Eagle River.
Please refer to page 16 of the Southcentral sport fish regulation summary for information on “five-line lakes.”
For Arctic char and land-locked salmon, concentrate your efforts in 16-18 feet of water. Rainbow trout can be found in 5-17 feet of water. A white 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: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSport.region&StockingAreaID=2
Anchorage-area lakes ice thickness report:
Places to Take a Kid Fishing (easily accessible locations)
Jewel 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 Jewel Lake: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSport.lakeDetail&LakeID=557
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.
The Alaska state record rainbow/steelhead trout weighed 43 pounds 3 ounces and was caught on or near Bell Island in Southeast Alaska in 1970. Learn more about ADF&G’s Trophy Fish program here: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSport.trophyfishprogram