Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
June 22, 2022
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- Lakes recently stocked with rainbows include Mile 180, Gate, Ravine, N. Knob, Knob, Weiner, Long (mile 86) and Kepler/Bradley. Fishing has been excellent.
- The Nancy Lake Recreation area is a great place to camp and fish. South Rolly has quite a few camp sites and is stocked with rainbow trout. There is a canoe rental and opportunities are endless for canoeing in this system. You will also find pike fishing opportunities. Tanaina, North Rolly, and Rhein lakes are also stocked in this system.
- With the hot weather in the forecast, Finger Lake is a nice place to spend the day. There is camping, a boat launch, swimming beach, a dock, and day-use amenities.
- The Eklutna Tailrace is the only area open to harvest for kings in the Northern Cook Inlet management area. This is a stocked fishery; you can use bait and multiple hooks. Fishing at this site is good and should remain productive through the end of June. Try side drifting with bait, bait under a bobber, or a variety of different colored spinners in sizes 3 to 5.
- Please be advised that the Deshka and Little Susitna rivers were closed effective 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2022, to king salmon fishing and the remainder of the Susitna River drainage joins these rivers in closing 6:00 a.m., Thursday, June 23 to king salmon fishing. Catch-and-release fishing is no longer allowed (including jacks) and king salmon may not be targeted. Fishing gear is restricted to one-single, artificial lure and fishing for other species is only allowed in waters normally open to king salmon from 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily through July 13. See the emergency orders below for more info. If you have questions, please call us at (907) 746-6300.
Anglers may retain as many pike as they catch - there is no bag or possession limit. In the freshwaters of West Cook Inlet and Susitna River drainage, anglers are not allowed to release live pike back into the water.
- If you want a boat trip for pike try the side channel sloughs of the Deshka River, Fish Creek (Kroto Slough), or Moose and Indian creeks on the Yentna River.
- For fly-in pike fishing try Alexander, Shell, Eightmile, Trapper, Flathorn, and Sucker lakes.
Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling
- Fishing has been favorable on the Parks Highway streams from Willow Creek north to Montana Creek. Fish are now well distributed throughout area streams. Try a variety of flies, including fry patterns, prince nymphs, egg sucking leaches, wooly buggers, leeches, and sculpins.
- Freshwater tributaries of the Chulitna, such as Honolulu Creek and Byers Creek should also provide good rainbow trout opportunity.
- The flowing waters of the Palmer-Wasilla Zone are open to fishing per regulation as of June 15.
Please review the emergency orders and advisory announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-2-34-22 closes the Susitna River drainage to sport fishing for king salmon, continuing the king salmon closure on the Deshka River and continues to limit sport fishing gear for other species to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure effective 6:00am, Thursday, June 23 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-2-33-22 closes the Little Susitna to sport fishing for king salmon and continues to limit sport fishing gear for other species to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure effective 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 20 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
- Emergency Order 2-KS-2-32-22 closes the Deshka River to sport fishing for king salmon, continuing to allow catch-and-release fishing in other waters of the Susitna open to king fishing, and continues to limit sport fishing gear for other species to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure effective 6:00 a.m. Monday June 20 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
- Emergency Order 2-R-2-19-22 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, no size limit. This emergency order is effective for the 2022 season.
- Emergency Order 2-DV-2-13-22 prohibits the retention of Arctic char/Dolly Varden in the Fish Creek (Big Lake) drainage. This emergency order is in effect through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2022.
Don’t forget to purchase your 2022 sport fishing license and king stamp! Purchase your 2022 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, advisory announcements, and the 2022 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing in before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Palmer Area Office at (907) 746-6300.