Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 16, 2020

* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by following and reviewing the current State of Alaska Health Mandates in effect. This includes practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing and wearing a face covering when fishing and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 010.

* The Alaska Board of Fisheries adopted several proposals establishing new sport fish regulations for the Northern and Western Cook Inlet Area at its Anchorage February 2020 meeting. Please see the 2020 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet for a complete summary of the Northern and Western Cook Inlet sport and personal use fisheries regulations.

Emergency Orders

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

  • Emergency Order 2-NP-2-14-20 closed Alexander Lake and Sucker Lake to sport fishing through 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2020.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-2-09-20 prohibits the retention of king salmon in the Little Susitna River and limits sport fishing gear to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure through 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2020.
  • Emergency Order 2-KS-2-08-20 closed king salmon fishing in Unit 2 of the Susitna River drainage, and allows catch-and-release fishing in Units 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6. In addition, sport fishing gear is restricted to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure in all waters of the Susitna River drainage through 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2020.

Freshwater Fishing


  • Fishing for rainbows on the Parks Highway streams from Willow Creek north will be good so long as water levels cooperate.
  • 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.
  • This is a good time of year to float Lake Creek, Talachulitna River, Deshka, or Clear Creek (Talkeetna drainage). These floats are all remote, require some planning, and a few days on the water.
  • The Palmer-Wasilla Zone flowing waters are also open to fishing for rainbows.


  • A Youth-Only King Salmon Fishery (15 years or younger) will take place at the Eklutna Tailrace on Saturday, June 20, 2020, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The area open to Youth-Only is from the mouth of the Tailrace to the pedestrian bridge. Please be respectful to our youth in this area during this time and leave this designated area open for the kids. The remainder of the tailrace is open for all anglers. Fishing has been fair but should improve into the weekend. Don't forget to have your sport fish harvest record card on hand to record your king kids!
  • Catch-and-release king salmon fishing on the Deshka has been good in the early morning. King salmon are being counted daily at the weir and counts are available online.
  • The Little Susitna remains very high and muddy. Catch-and-release fishing for king salmon has been slow.
  • A few fish have been reported in the single-hook, catch-and-release fishery at Lake Creek. Peak king fishing typically occurs this next weekend at Lake Creek.
  • It’s a little early for sockeye; however, Cottonwood, Jim, Wasilla, and Fish creeks are open to fishing for salmon (other than kings) on Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Northern Pike

  • Road accessible lakes with northern pike include Anderson, Kings, Prator, Memory, Nancy Lake, Nancy Lake canoe system and Big Lake.

Local Lakes

  • Take Dad out for an adventure up in the mountains for Father’s Day. The Glenn Highway lakes offer some of the most peaceful and aesthetically pleasing places to fish in the Mat-Su area. Try Knob, Long (mile 86), Ravine, Weiner, Ida, or Bonnie lakes.
  • Lake stocking is near completion and you can drive in any direction to find a stocked lake in the valley.

Don’t forget to bring your 2020 sport fishing license and king stamp! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2020 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 and the 2020 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.

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


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