Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 10, 2021
* Just a reminder to all anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing as well as when shopping for fishing supplies from your local store, and by wearing a face covering when social distancing is not possible.
Fishing conditions in all rivers and lakes are currently good to excellent with clear waters, moderate temperatures, and cloud cover keeping water temperatures cool. Last week, 19,500 fish were stocked into area lakes, with our more popular lakes (Birch, Quartz, Ballaine, Chena, and Cushman Lakes) getting their second dose of rainbow trout, which will make for good fishing. The Steese Highway along the Chatanika River is a great place to get away for the weekend with the family where Arctic grayling are available in the river nearby, and rainbow trout can be found in the many stocked lakes. Northern pike and sheefish fishing in the lower Tanana near Manley is always excellent this time of year – water levels are low making the fish easy to find.
King salmon will arrive at the mouth of the Tanana River around June 15th, and won't arrive at the Chena and Salcha Rivers till the very end of June. King salmon restrictions in the Tanana River drainage are yet to be determined. Please check emergency orders for the latest regulation updates.
Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip:
- Emergency Order 3-NP-U-01-21 reduces the Minto Flats northern pike bag and possession limit.
- Emergency Order 3-R-U-02-21 restricts Piledriver Slough and Moose Creek to catch-and-release fishing for all fish species.
Don’t forget to bring your 2021 sport fishing license. Help maximize social distancing by purchasing your sport fishing license at the ADF&G Online Store. You can print your license from the comfort of your home. Also, be sure to review Emergency Orders and the 2021 Northern Sport Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet for the area you are fishing in before you head out.
For more information, call the Fairbanks office at (907) 459-7200 or the Delta Junction office at (907) 895-4632.