Area Sport Fishing Reports
Archived Sport Fishing Report
July 02, 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.
Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip:
- Emergency Order 3-KS-U-05-20 closed the Tanana River drainage to sport fishing for king salmon.
INFORMATIONAL HOTLINES FOR CHITINA PERSONAL USE FISHERY
- Anchorage: 907-267-2511
- Fairbanks: 907-459-7382
- Glennallen: 907-822-5224
King salmon fisheries in the Tanana River drainage are currently closed until run indices indicate that a sport fishery can be executed.
Resident freshwater species:
The Chena River Youth-Only Fishery for Arctic grayling continues this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday (July 4 - 5), any angler 15 years old or younger can retain 1 Arctic grayling per day of any size from the lower Chena River (downstream from a regulatory marker 300 ft downstream of the Chena River Flood Control Project).
All stocked lakes have been stocked for the summer with Arctic grayling, rainbow trout, Arctic char and coho and king salmon.
With the cold weather and rain that the Interior has had, the larger lakes remain cold, and fishing for lake trout and Arctic char should be good. Try trolling spoons with silver, chartreuse, and/or gold patterns in water 20 feet and deeper off the edges of any structure - a 1 to 2 oz sinker will help you get your lures to the depths you need. Harding Lake, Fielding Lake, and the Tangle lakes complex are all good spots to go if you’re looking to target lake trout this 4th of July weekend.
Northern pike fishing remains difficult within the Tolovana drainage due to high water. Minto Flats is still flooded, and there is very little onshore use available. Reports from George Lake have indicated decent fishing for northern pike. As a reminder- HARDING LAKE IS CLOSED TO NORTHEN PIKE FISHING, AND THIS INCLUDES CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING. We’ve received several reports and pictures of people fishing for northern pike. The Alaska State Troopers are aware of the situation and will be monitoring Harding Lake more frequently.
Rivers such as the Goodpaster, Chena, Salcha, and Chatanika have been high but are slowly starting to recede. Fishing for Arctic grayling will improve as water levels drop. Clearwater rivers, such as the Delta Clearwater and Richardson Clearwater, have had stable water levels, and fishing for Arctic grayling has been exceptional. The Fielding Lake outlet and Tangle Lakes complex are also Arctic grayling hotspots.
Don’t forget to bring your 2020 sport fishing license. Help maximize social distancing by purchasing your 2020 sport fishing license through the ADF&G online store. You can print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review Emergency Orders and the 2020 Northern Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Fairbanks Office at (907) 459-7200.