Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 17, 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.

Sport Fishing

Freshwater Fishing

Most area rivers are running clear and low. The Tanana River is low but will be rising as warm weather intensifies meltwater from glaciers.

The Chena River youth fishery for grayling in the lower Chena River will begin this weekend. On June 19 and 20, youth anglers age 15 and under may retain 1 Arctic grayling of any size per day. Weather and water levels are expected to be excellent for participants.

Water levels in Minto Flats remain high and there is limited to no dry land available for onshore use and/or camping.

Lake Fishing

There were 80,000 rainbow trout, coho salmon, and Arctic char stocked into local lakes last week, including 10,141 rainbow trout in Birch Lake. Spring stocking in the Tanana River Management Area has conducted 95 stockings to release 227,000 fish in area lakes. Fishing on locally stocked lakes has been reported to be good.


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.

Emergency Orders

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.


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