Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 03, 2020

* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by following and reviewing the current State of Alaska Health Mandates in effect. This includes practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing and wearing a face covering when fishing and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 010.

* The Alaska Board of Fisheries adopted two proposals establishing new sport fish regulations for the Anchorage Management Area at its Anchorage February 2020 meeting. Please see the 2020 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet for a complete summary of the Anchorage sport fisheries regulations.

Emergency Orders

Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.

Freshwater Fishing


  • Dipnetting for hooligan (smelt) in freshwater is still open and will remain open until June 15. Saltwater is currently closed to dipping for hooligan. If you are fishing Twentymile River that means you can fish upstream of the Seward Highway bridge. There is no bag or possession limit.
  • This is a personal use fishery and only Alaska residents can participate. No permit is required, but you do need a valid 2020 Alaska resident sport fishing license or ADF&G Permanent fishing license ID card with you.
  • For your safety, and for the safety of others, please park well off the highway. Do not trespass on the railroad tracks or the railroad right-of-way. Please be respectful and take all your trash with you, don’t throw it on the ground. Please obey all signs and do not block the boat launch.
  • For additional information on dipnetting for hooligan see the 2020 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations summary booklet.
  • Catches of hooligan have slowed but some are still getting picked up.

Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char

  • Spawning closures are in place for Campbell and Chester creeks. Both creeks closed to all sport fishing April 15 and will remain closed through June 14 to protect spawning rainbow trout.


  • Ship Creek is currently open to salmon fishing from the mouth to a cable 100 feet below the Chugach Power Plant Dam. The remainder of the creek up to 300 feet above the Elmendorf Power Plant Dam, near the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery, is CLOSED YEAR-ROUND to ALL fishing.
    • Remember: from May 15 - July 13 Ship Creek is open to fishing between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day.
    • More king salmon continue to be picked up at Ship Creek on the incoming tide. Both bait and spinners have been productive, but bait is proving to be more productive.
  • Eagle River drainage: from the Bailey Bridge on Fort Richardson upstream to ADF&G markers in the Alaska State Parks Eagle River Campground king salmon fishing is open ONLY on the following dates: June 6 - 8, and June 13- 15. See page 46 of the 2020 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for more details.

Saltwater Fishing


  • Dipnetting for hooligan in saltwaters closed on Sunday, May 31. For Twentymile River this means you are not allowed to fish below the highway bridge beginning on June 1.
  • Hooligan run timing is highly variable. Catches of hooligan picked up over the weekend and continue to be fair to good. Don’t forget to spread out and give your neighbor some room.

Local Lakes

  • Anchorage Bowl lakes continue to fish great! Not familiar with all the stocked lakes? Check out our handy brochure with locations, access, and other valuable information on our Anchorage area lakes.
  • Alder Pond might be a little outside of Anchorage, but it was stocked with catchable sized Arctic grayling this week. Now you have the opportunity to catch rainbow trout or Arctic grayling at this quiet location just south of Girdwood.
  • Stocked Arctic grayling might be on the smaller side, but they are such a treat for the kids to catch. Launch a canoe or raft in Taku/Campbell or Delong lakes. These fish are fun to catch on top water.
  • Arctic char have been stocked in Sand, Campbell Point, Green, Fish Clunie, and Thompson lakes.
  • Sand Lake is one of the larger Anchorage lakes but it has a variety of fish species in it. A canoe or kayak provides anglers a great opportunity to fully explore this lake!
  • Lakes on JBER have been stocked catchable rainbow trout. Just a reminder, you need to register with iSportsman and check with base personnel prior to fishing on JBER.
  • Check out the stocking webpage to find out where fish have been stocked.
  • Symphony Lake will open on July 1 and is a great place to catch Arctic grayling.
  • Northern pike are not native to Anchorage area lakes but there are some in Lower Fire Lake. If you catch a pike in any Anchorage area lake, please do not release it.

Don’t forget to bring your 2020 sport fishing license and king stamp! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2020 sport fishing license and king stamp through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review Emergency Orders and the 2020 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.

For additional information, please contact the Anchorage Area Office at (907) 267-2218.


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