Area Sport Fishing Reports
Upper Copper/Upper Susitna
June 29, 2018
Copper River Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Dip Net Salmon will remain CLOSED by emergency order until further notice.
The Klutina River and other Copper River tributaries are CLOSED to sportfishing for sockeye salmon by emergency order.
King Salmon Fishing
The Copper River Drainage and its tributaries are being managed per regulation this season, and we foresee no additional restrictions to King fisheries. The water on the Gulkana has been high and muddy for most of the early season, but with improvements in weather we should begin to see the water clear up and drop, providing some excellent opportunities to catch King Salmon this year.
Lake trout may still be concentrated around the mouth of Summit Lake feeding on out migrating salmon smolt. The larger lakes which include Lake Louise, Susitna, Tyone, Paxson, Summit, and Crosswind Lakes should continue to produce good catches of fish throughout the summer. As summer temperatures raise though, anglers targeting lake trout may need to switch to deeper trolling gear.
Area stocked lakes are stocked and fish should be growing well . Try Old Road and Round lakes, off the Lake Louise Road. For the best rainbow trout fishing head out the McCarthy Road to Strelna, Silver, and Sculpin lakes which offer the best opportunity to catch more and a possibility to catch larger fish. Silver Lake has walk in access only, and fishing has been great. Peanut and Tolsona Mountain Lakes are also excellent lakes for rainbow trout, but an ATV is helpful to access them. These two lakes are not readily accessible to the road system and have been stocked in past years and receive little pressure.
Grayling fishing around Glennallen and Sourdough has slowed as they move into smaller tributaries to spawn. Small flies either wet or dry are worth a try. Many of the small lakes on the Lake Louise and Nabesna roads contain grayling populations. Long Lake and Jack Lake are good bets for grayling. Also, grayling should be in Mendeltna creek. Larger rivers like the Gulkana and Little Nelchina also contain grayling.