Area Sport Fishing Reports
August 30, 2018
Regulation Reminders and Emergency Orders
- Anglers are reminded to review Emergency Orders and News Releases and the 2018 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the Northern Cook Inlet Area before heading out on their next fishing trip.
- Per Emergency Order No. 2-SS-2-57-18, the bag and possession limits for coho salmon, 16 inches or greater in length, was increased to four per day and eight in possession in all waters open to salmon fishing in Units 1-6 of the Susitna River drainage.
- Per Emergency Order No. 2-SS-2-55-18, the bag and possession limits for coho salmon, 16 inches or greater in length, was increased to four per day and four in possession in all waters of Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks open to salmon fishing. In addition, fishing will be allowed on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays at Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day.
- Per Emergency Order No. 2-SS-2-54-18, the bag and possession limits for coho salmon, 16 inches or greater in length, was increased to four per day and four in possession in all waters of Fish Creek open to salmon fishing. The bag limit for salmon, other than king salmon, remains at six per day and six in possession, which of those six salmon only four per day and in possession may be coho salmon. In addition, sport fishing on Fish Creek will be allowed seven days per week from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day.
- Per Emergency Order No. 2-SS-2-51-18, the bag and possession limits for coho salmon was increased to three per day and three in possession in the Little Susitna River in all waters open to salmon fishing downstream of the Parks Highway bridge.
- Per Emergency Order No. 2-RS-2-48-18, the sockeye salmon limit was increased on Larson Creek to six fish per day and in possession. Of the bag limit of six fish per day, no more than three fish per day and in possession may be pink, chum, and coho salmon in combination.
- Starting September 1, the Parks Highway streams and many other Mat-Su and West Cook Inlet waters go to no bait and single-hook only. Check the regulation book before going fishing.
- Jim Creek is closed to sport fishing for all species on Mondays and Tuesdays and fishing is only allowed between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays.
- Coho salmon 16 inches or longer once removed from fresh water must be retained and become part of the bag limit of the person who originally hooked the fish. A person may not remove a coho salmon 16 inches or longer from the water before releasing it.
- Talkeetna River, Montana Creek, Kashwitna River, Willow Creek, and Little Willow Creek are good places to fish for coho salmon this week. Also give Sunshine and Rabideux creeks a try.
- Jim Creek has a late run of coho salmon through September and fishing there is fair.
- Wasilla, Fish, and Cottonwood creeks should be fair to good for coho salmon.
- Fishing for coho salmon on the Little Susitna is good throughout the river downstream of the Parks Highway bridge. Now is a nice time of year for a float trip. Water levels are forecasted to drop into the weekend.
- In early September, fair to good coho salmon fishing can be found in the tributaries and sloughs of the Yentna and Skwentna rivers. Try fishing at Moose, Indian, Eightmile, Bottle, or Hewitt creeks.
- Fair to good coho salmon fishing should continue through mid-September in West Cook Inlet streams such as the Kustatan, Theodore, and Chuit rivers.
- Recent high waters on Deshka have made coho salmon fishing poor.
Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling
- Rainbow trout fishing on area streams is expected to be good to excellent through the weekend. These streams should also produce fair catches of Arctic grayling and Dolly Varden.
- Fishing is best when water temperatures are lowest, such as early in the morning or late in the day.
- For road-accessible pike fishing, try just about any lake in the Nancy Lake canoe system, plus Memory, Prator, King, and Anderson lakes.
- Fly-in fishing for pike can be excellent. Try Alexander, Trapper, Hewitt, Whiskey, Vern, and Donkey lakes.
- With the cooler temperatures of fall approaching, lake fishing should improve. Fish become more active, and feed in shallower water. Lake fishing can provide that feeling of solitude you may be longing for after a long summer of combat fishing. Now would be a great time to dust off the float tube and hit the lakes.
- If you would like to fish several lakes in one day, try Loberg, Meirs, Echo, Matanuska, Canoe, and Irene.
- Further north on the Parks Highway, for a day of rainbows try Visnaw, Seymour, and Lalen lakes.
- Instead of waiting in line for fair traffic, try taking the kids fishing at Matanuska, or Kepler/Bradley lakes. You can also access Klaire and Victor lakes from the Kepler/Bradley Lakes State Recreation Area.
- Wild lakes performing well in August include Nancy, Big, and Bonnie Lakes.