Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

July 03, 2019

Week of July 3 - July 9

Freshwater Fishing

  • Eklutna Tailrace is still producing a few kings with lots of large rollers up and down the Tailrace. On hot days, its best to fish early in the morning or late in the day. Frying pan sized jacks are biting a bit better than the larger kings. Try drifting eggs with or without a bobber or fishing spinners with different colored blades.
  • King fishing on the lower Little Susitna River is slow with the bulk of the run upstream of the fish counting weir. Try a float trip this weekend or fishing in the Millers Reach area. Some chums and pinks are beginning to show in the lower river near the Little Susitna Public Use Facility.
  • 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.
  • There are several good access roads off Willow Fishhook for fishing upper Willow Creek. Deception Creek can also produce some nice rainbows this time of year.
  • Access Montana Creek off Talkeetna Spur Road. Try down Helena Road, Michele Road, or Yoder Road. For the more adventurous angler, try hiking and fishing upstream of Yoder Road on either the Middle or North forks.
  • 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 fishing has been excellent lately. Try top-water weedless lures, leaches, 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 fishing spot 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.
  • Grayling can be found in Finger, Florence, Ida, Kepler/Bradley, Knik, Meirs, Ravine, Reed, Long Lake (mile 86), and Lorraine lakes.

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-2-25-19 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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