Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

August 04, 2021

* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing, and wearing a face-covering when social distancing is not possible, and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store.

Local Lakes

  • Kid-friendly fishing locations include Kepler/Bradley, Finger, Matanuska, South Rolly, and Lucile lakes.
  • Excellent fishing has been reported on Matanuska, Long Lake (mile 86) Glenn Highway, Eska (Slipper) lakes, and X Lake near Talkeetna.

Freshwater Fishing


  • Fish Creek will open this weekend to Youth-Only Fishery on Saturday and Sunday from 5 a.m.-10 p.m., August 7 and 8. If you are 15 years of age or younger, you may fish for all species, except king salmon. The following weekend August 14-15 normal weekend-only fishing commences for all anglers.
  • Jim Creek is now closed Mondays and Tuesdays to fishing for all species, and fishing is only allowed between 5 a.m.-10 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sunday for the remainder of the season. If you retain a bag limit of coho (which is 2 per day) you may not fish for any species of fish in waters open to salmon fishing on that same day.
  • Cottonwood and Wasilla Creeks are weekend-only fisheries from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sockeye fishing has been good.
  • Coho fishing on Deshka has been good so far this week. Early morning fishing before the sun comes out is best. Fishing should improve into the weekend, especially if it rains. Waters are low on the Deshka.
  • Little Su coho and chum fishing have improved and are considered to be good. Please use caution when navigating by boat as the waters are low.
  • Parks Highway stream fishing for salmon has been good. Coho is now being caught and the pinks are in full force. Try the mouths and lower sections of Willow, Little Willow, Kashwitna, Sheep, Caswell, Montana, Sunshine, and Talkeetna rivers.
  • Bait is now allowed in many – but not all- Susitna River tributaries. Check for exceptions to the general regulations before fishing.
  • Pink salmon and a few cohos are being caught on Lake Creek and the Talachulitna in the lower river. Also, try Moose and Indian creeks of the lower Yentna.

Rainbow Trout

  • Rainbow trout fishing remains good on the Parks highway streams. Willow, Montana, Sheep, and Kashwitna have all been productive and should only improve as the salmon start spawning. Dust off the beads and choose a larger size as the kings spawn first. Grayling fishing has been good too, try prince nymphs. Water levels are low.
  • Deception Creek is productive right now for rainbow trout.

Northern Pike

  • Anglers may retain as many pike as they catch – there is no bag or possession limit. In the freshwaters of West Cook Inlet, Knik, and Susitna River drainage, anglers are not allowed to release live pike back into the water.
  • This is the perfect time to fly into Alexander Lake for a day trip for pike. Pike will feed aggressively and strike almost any lure you throw. Fly fishing for pike is a lot of fun. They like red and white patterns or leeches.

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-R-2-52-21 closes Larson Creek and is within a one-quarter mile radius of its confluence with the Talkeetna River to sport fishing for all salmon beginning 6 a.m. Wednesday, August 4, through December 31, 2021.
  • Emergency Order 2-R-2-03-21 adds Leech, Summit, Zero, Kings, and Anderson Lakes to the list of lakes stocked with hatchery fish. The bag and possession limit for rainbow trout in these lakes is five fish, of which only one may be 20 inches or greater in length. The bag and possession limit for Arctic grayling is five fish, with no size limit.

Don’t forget to purchase your 2021 sport fishing license and king stamp! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2021 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 2021 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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