Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

May 29, 2019

Week of May 29 - June 4

Local Lakes

  • Join ADF&G and William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery staff on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Finger Lake to stock rainbow trout and Arctic grayling. This is a public event and we will provide fish and buckets for the public to help us stock the lake. Bring your family and friends and learn more about our hatchery and stocking program.
  • Lake fishing has been excellent this week. Catchable rainbow trout were stocked at Memory, Knob, North Knob, and Weiner lakes. Fishing off the Glenn Highway offers beautiful mountain views and light fishing pressure.
  • Arctic grayling were recently stocked in Florence, Knik, Lorraine, Canoe, Reed, Kepler/Bradley, Long Lake (Glenn Highway), Ravine, Finger, Meirs, and Ida lakes. These fish are beautiful! Dry flies are working well.

Freshwater Fishing

  • Anglers are reminded that flowing waters in the Palmer-Wasilla Zone are CLOSED to all fishing until
    June 15.
  • Many flowing waters along the Parks Highway are catch-and-release ONLY for rainbow trout until June 15.

King Salmon

  • A few kings have been caught downstream of the main fishery at the Eklutna Tailrace. Bait and multiple hooks are allowed in this stocked fishery. It is still early, this fishery typically peaks during the youth-only day the second Saturday in June, but kings should start to show up anytime now. This fishery is open 24/7.

Rainbow Trout

  • Rainbow fishing is good near the mouths of Parks Highway streams, such as Willow, Kashwitna, Sheep, Montana, and the Talkeetna. Water clarity is fair. Rainbows will start to move around more now, this might be a good time for a float trip. Willow creek from the highway to the mouth is an easy float with lots of good places to stop and enjoy the fishing. Try fishing fly patterns with a beaded head, leech patterns, sculpins, and woolly buggers.

Northern Pike

  • Road accessible lakes with northern pike include Anderson, Kings, Prator, Memory, Nancy Lake, Nancy Lake Canoe System and Big Lake. Try soft plastic lures like a black leach or nightcrawler. This is also a good time to try bow fishing for pike.

Emergency Orders

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

  • Emergency Order 2-KS-2-05-19 closed king salmon fishing in the Susitna River drainage and only one, unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used while fishing for other species.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-2-06-19 closed king salmon fishing in the Little Susitna River and only one, unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used while fishing for other species.
  • Emergency Order 2-NP-2-16-19 closed Alexander and Sucker lakes to sport fishing.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-2-17-19 restricted Yentna Subsistence Fishery to Wednesdays and Fridays each week in June. 

For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Palmer Area Office at (907) 746-6300


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