Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 16, 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) is closed in freshwater.

Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char

  • Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden fishing has opened on many parts of the Campbell Creek and Chester Creek drainages on June 15. Campbell Creek was stocked with rainbow trout last week, and by now, those fish should be acclimated and hungry. Anglers can have success for local trout by casting small spinners and spoons through deep pools or drifting nymph or egg imitation fly patterns.


  • 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 and outgoing tides. Two to four hours before and after high tide have been the best times to catch king salmon on Ship Creek. Both bait and spinners have been productive. Salmon roe under a bobber or behind a spin-n-glow has been the preferred method for targeting Ship Creek king salmon.
    • The Youth-Only Fishery for king salmon on Ship Creek in Anchorage will take place from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Anglers who are 15 years of age and younger will have a chance to fish for king salmon on Ship Creek from the upstream side of the C Street Bridge to the downstream side of the Bridge Restaurant. Youth anglers do not need a sport fishing license or king salmon stamp but do need a Sport Fish Harvest Record Card. Any king salmon harvested must be recorded immediately on the Harvest Record Card. While adults can assist youth anglers in landing a fish, this section of Ship Creek is closed to all fishing, including catch-and-release, for anglers 16 years and older during this time.
  • Eagle River drainage is closed to king salmon fishing.

Saltwater Fishing


  • Dipnetting for hooligan is closed in saltwaters.

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.
  • Jewel Lake was stocked last week with over 10,000 catchable rainbow trout. Fishing should be good to excellent for these hungry trout. Try casting small spinners or fishing a single egg or worm under a bobber in the mornings or evenings.
  • 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 into Taku/Campbell or Delong lakes in Anchorage or Alder Pond in Portage Valley. Small nymphs have been working well to catch these fish.
  • 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.
  • 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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