Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 08, 2023
- Dipnetting for hooligan (smelt) opened April 1 and will remain open until June 15 in freshwaters. 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 2023 Alaska resident fishing license or ADF&G Permanent fishing license ID card with you.
- The hooligan run at the 20-mile River has wrapped up. At this point, there are very few fish remaining in the 20-mile River and the run has come to an end.
- 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. Please obey all signs and do not block the boat launch.
- For additional information on dipnetting for hooligan see page 16 in the 2023 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.
Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char
- Spawning closures are in place for Campbell and Chester creeks. Both creeks closed to all sport fishing on April 15 and will remain closed through June 14 to protect spawning rainbow trout.
- Ship Creek is open to king salmon fishing. As a reminder, fishing is allowed on the open section of Ship Creek from 6AM to 11PM. King salmon are being caught each tide, but fishing has been highly variable. Depending on the tide, king salmon fishing at Ship Creek has been fair to good but should continue to improve. Anglers are having success on bait such as salmon roe or mackerel behind a spin-n-glow during the rising or falling tide. During slack high tide, try casting large spinners or plugs when the creek is flooded with tidewater.
- Eagle River drainage: From 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 remaining dates: June 10 – 12, and June 17 – 19. See the Regulation Summary for more details.
- No other flowing waters in the Anchorage Bowl are open to salmon fishing.
- Bird Creek is currently closed to fishing.
- Dipnetting for hooligan in saltwaters closed on June 1.
- Nearly every stocked lake in the Anchorage management area has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout, and many are now receiving their second stocking of fish. Catch rates have been great for these aggressive trout all over Anchorage. Cheney, Taku-Campbell, and Jewel Lakes have or will receive a second batch of stocked rainbow trout this week. Check out the stocking webpage to find out when your favorite lake was last stocked.
- Try slowly stripping a wet fly to entice a bite from a fish cruising the lake’s edge in search of food. Small bait or jigs under a bobber are always good options when fish are schooled-up.
- Are you looking for information on Anchorage-stocked lakes? Check out this publication with bathymetric maps and how to access fishing locations.
- Fishing on the military base? Just a reminder, you need to register with iSportsman and check with base personnel prior to fishing on JBER.
- Northern pike are not native to Anchorage area lakes. Lower Fire Lake was treated for pike in the fall of 2022, and all pike were eradicated. Lower Fire Lake was stocked with nearly 1,300 catchable rainbow trout in late May.
- If you catch a pike in any Anchorage area lake, do not release it and immediately report it here.
Please review the emergency orders and advisory announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- There are currently no emergency orders for the Anchorage management area.
Don’t forget to purchase your 2023 sport fishing license and king stamp! You can purchase your 2023 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, advisory announcements, and the 2023 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing in before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the Anchorage Area Office at (907) 267-2218.