Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 26, 2019

Week of June 26 - July 2

Freshwater Fishing

King Salmon

  • King fishing slowed down at the Eklutna Tailrace this week with all the hot weather, but fish are still being caught daily. This fishery is excluded from any emergency orders. Bag limits are one king salmon per day and in possession, 5 king salmon annually. This fishery is open 24/7 and bait is allowed. Try late evenings and early mornings.
  • A recent surge of king salmon through the fish weir on the Little Su has provided enough fish passage to open the king salmon sport fishery. The Little Susitna will be open to fishing for king salmon under standard regulation beginning Wednesday, June 26, at 6:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m. July 13, 2019. Please review page 42 of the 2019 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet.
  • Please remember to purchase a king salmon stamp before sport fishing for any king salmon.

Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, and Arctic Grayling

  • Fishing for rainbow trout on the Parks Highway streams from Willow Creek north is excellent. Water levels are favorable for fishing and clear. Fishing for Dolly Varden and Arctic grayling should be good.
  • Willow Creek has multiple access points off Willow Fishhook Road. Montana Creek may be accessed at several locations off the Talkeetna Spur Road. Single day float trips are popular on Willow and Montana creeks.
  • Take a trip to Clear Creek of the Talkeetna River, accessible by boat via Talkeetna boat launch.
  • Freshwater tributaries of the Chulitna, such as Honolulu and Byers creeks should also provide good rainbow trout opportunity.

Northern Pike

  • Pike fishing has been excellent lately. Try top-water weedless lures and flies fished in heavily vegetated waters.
  • For road-accessible pike fishing try Anderson, King, Horseshoe, and Rainbow lakes.
  • For fly-in fishing try Trapper, Shell, or Eight-mile lakes.

Local Lakes

  • If you would like a nice quiet fishery all to yourself, ADF&G stocks over 80 lakes in the Mat-Su Valley.
  • Lake fishing has been excellent. Several lakes recently stocked with rainbow trout include Canoe, Coyote, Echo, Irene, Kepler/Bradley, Knob, Knik, and Lucile lakes.
  • Arctic grayling can be found in Finger, Florence, Ida, Kepler/Bradley, Knik, Meirs, Ravine, Reed, Long Lake (mile 86), and Lorraine lakes.
  • You can see which lake has been stocked on our website.

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-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. 
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-2-25-19 opens king salmon fishing in the Little Susitna River under standard regulations.

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


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