Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
July 28, 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.
- Most area rivers remain clear and have risen slightly due to some rainfall in the Interior, and many trails are dry.
- Water levels in Minto Flats have remained steady, but lake levels remain somewhat high. Fishing has been good, but there may still be limited to no dry land available for onshore use and/or camping. Topwater action was pretty good for small and medium-sized fish around the shallower edges, but with the continued elevated water levels targeting bigger fish was easier fishing lures like larger spoons or heavier swimbaits that run farther down in the water column.
- Arctic grayling fishing has been good. Most graylings are surface-feeding on insects and readily strike a dry fly or one submerged just below the surface. In streams target grayling hiding behind bigger rocks in the flow waiting to strike on drifting insects or on the edge of seams coming off the thalweg. Other options are to target Arctic grayling on small spinners, silver to copper color small spoons, other bright colors such as chartreuse or bright orange are working well this time of year, or jigs. This time of year is the most productive fishing for Arctic grayling in the high Alpine Lakes with the air temperatures warming and the increasing emergence of insects on the tundra.
- For helpful tips on technique and gear, watch the ADF&G video, How to Fish for Arctic Grayling before heading out.
- Pike fishing has been fair in some Interior lakes. Most lakes are exhibiting increased aquatic plant growth with the warmer temperatures in the Interior. Try top-water lures such as mice, frogs, or ducklings and weedless spoons if fishing near vegetated areas. Heading to deeper cooler areas of the lake try fishing spoons such as Daredevils, Krocodiles, Little Cleo, or Pot Gold.
- Lake trout fishing in higher alpine lakes has been good casting from shore where shallow shelfs dive into the deep and using heavier weighted spoons or swim shads that get you closer to the bottom (15-20ft) where the cooler water is are working best. Lake Fishing
- Fishing is reported as excellent, especially in lakes where catchable rainbow trout have been stocked.
- With the hot summer days that have been hitting the Interior most stocked fish are starting to retreat to deeper cooler waters. Try fishing deeper sections of the lake to get to the fish hanging in cooler water.
- Many of our stocked lakes have bathymetric maps located on the Alaska Lake Database. Check it out to see where these deep spots are!
- For the fly fishers, try sinking flies such as dragon and damsel nymphs, or leech patterns. For the reel fishers, drift small pieces of shrimp under a bobber or use lures such as Super Dupers and Swedish Pimples to entice a bite.
- Looking to try a new area check out some of our stocked Lake trout lakes like Craig Lake, Rapids Lake, North Twin on Meadows Road, or Coal Mine #5 off Coal Mine Road.
The Tanana River drainage is closed to sport fishing for king and chum salmon. This closure prohibits all sport fishing for king and chum salmon, including catch-and-release fishing. All king and chum salmon caught incidentally while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. The 2021 Yukon River drainage king and chum salmon runs are weak. A conservative management approach is being taken to protect the 2021 king and chum salmon run. Subsistence and personal use fishing have been closed within the Yukon River drainage (including the Tanana River drainage). For more information, see the Emergency Order information below.
King and chum salmon counting towers and sonar projects on the Chena and Salcha Rivers are currently operational, and unlike last summer the weather is cooperating and allowing physical counts to occur as well as the sonar to operate.
Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip:
- Emergency Order 3-CS-U-02-21 closes all waters of the Tanana River drainage to sport fishing for chum salmon. All chum salmon caught incidentally in the Tanana River drainage while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
- Emergency Order 3-KS-U-05-21 closes all waters of the Tanana River drainage to sport fishing for king salmon. All king salmon caught incidentally in the Tanana River drainage while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
- 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.
Interactive Fishing Location Maps
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For More Information
Call the Fairbanks office at (907) 459-7200 or the Delta Junction office at (907) 895-4632 with any questions.