(Released: March 23, 2017)

Division of Sport Fish
Tom Brookover, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Sam Cotten, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Contact: Sam Ivey, Area Management Biologist
(907) 746-6300


Fish Creek

The management plan governing the personal use fishery on Fish Creek was modified to accommodate a new escapement goal range of 15,000–45,000 sockeye salmon. The dipnet fishery may be opened by emergency order (EO) July 15 – July 31 from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. if the department projects that the escapement of sockeye salmon will exceed 35,000 fish.

Fish, Wasilla, and Cottonwood Creeks

Fishing time was increased on the lower sections of Fish, Cottonwood, and Wasilla Creeks that are open to sport fishing for salmon. Fishing will be allowed 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. on these weekend only fisheries, including the youth-only fishery at Fish Creek.

Wasilla Creek

A regulation was repealed that closed sport fishing within 300 feet of Palmer-Fishhook Road. This area remains closed to fishing for salmon, but is now open to fishing for other species June 15 – April 14.

Jim Creek

Fishing time was reduced at Jim Creek to help conserve and protect coho salmon. Beginning August 1 each season, the fishery will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Also beginning August 1, fishing will only be allowed 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Little Susitna River

A 1,500 foot zone downstream of the Little Susitna River weir is closed to all fishing when the weir is in place. This same area has been commonly closed by the department by EO since 2012.

Little Susitna River

Anglers are reminded that a regulation passed by the Board in 2014 impacting boat motor use on the Little Susitna River goes into effect this season. On the Little Susitna River, a person may not sport fish from a boat that is powered by use of a motor, unless the motor is a 4-stroke motor or direct fuel injection 2-stroke motor. Anglers may use a boat powered by a non-direct fuel injected 2-stroke motor to access areas to sport fish from the bank, but may not sport fish from the boat.

Larson Creek

A nighttime closure on Larsen Creek, of the Talkeetna drainage allows fishing from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. each day to protect sockeye salmon and facilitate fish passage at night.