Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
July 11, 2019
Week of July 10 - July 16
- King salmon restrictions remain in effect through July 13. Please see the corresponding Emergency Order below in regards to king salmon closures and hook restrictions during this time.
- 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.
- Several pink salmon have been caught at the mouth of Willow Creek, and they are crossing the weir on the Little Su.
- 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.
- Freshwater tributaries of the Chulitna, such as Honolulu Creek and Byers Creek 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, and Memory lakes. For fly-in fishing try Trapper, Shell, or Eight-mile lakes.
- Lake fishing has been excellent! Try sinking flies such as dragon and damsel nymphs, or leech patterns for big rainbows.
- For a 4-wheel ride in fishing adventure check out Wishbone and Ruby Lakes.
- There are plenty of local lakes that provide a nice and quiet fishing opportunity in the Palmer and Mat-Su area.
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.