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Alaska Department of Fish & Game's
Anchorage Area
Weekly Fishing Forecast


This report is reproduced from information provided by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Anchorage Office, and will be updated weekly throughout the fishing season. The same message can be accessed on their Record-A-Phone "Sportfishing Forecast" at (907) 267-2100.

DATE:  Week of AUGUST 28, 2013 

Emergency Orders and Regulation Reminders or Changes

  • Portions of the Twentymile River, Placer River, and Portage Creeks drainages are now closed to all fishing. These streams are wild silver salmon fisheries with bag limits of only two/day.
  • The Chester Creek drainage (including Westchester Lagoon) is closed to salmon fishing, but is open to rainbow trout and Dolly Varden fishing.

Fresh Waters

  • Ship Creek silver salmon fishing has been dropping off this past week, which is the usual pattern for this system. However, bright fish will be trickling in.
  • Bird Creek has pretty much played out its hand. Both pinks and chums are spawned out, but anglers can hook a bright coho or two.
  • Campbell Creek is now a good place to go and look for silvers. The recent rains have brought some fish into the creek. Ride your bike so you can cover more of the stream.
  • Streams at the head of Turnagain Arm have recently been producing some very nice silver salmon catches. These are wild salmon fisheries and have reduced bag limits.

Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling - Flowing Waters

  • Look at the Sport Fish regulation booklet to find a list of these lakes and how to find out information about them on the ADF&G website. There will soon be one more round of lake stocking in the several high use lakes. Keep tabs on the ADF&G Sport Fish website for details.
  • Campbell and Chester creeks are your best bet for some local rainbow trout stream fishing – both are stocked with catchable sized rainbows.

Lake Fishing

  • Cheney, Delong, and Mirror lakes were stocked at the beginning of August with some nice catchable sized rainbow trout.
  • Campbell Point and Sand lakes were both recently stocked with catchable sized Arctic char.

Northern Pike

  • Late evening hours are a good time to spear, or to shoot pike with bow and arrow. A reminder, if you are bow-fishing for pike, the arrow has to be attached to a string and the string to your bow.
  • Surface lures are also a fun way to fish pike. Try frog, mouse and duckling patterns that make a lot of movement on the lake surface – both fly and spinning tackle can be used.
  • Practice your bow-fishing and spearing skills for pike at Lower Fire Lake and Otter Lake.

Helpful Links

Area webpage:
Salmon and trout identification pages:
River levels:
Lake stocking:
Maps to stocked lakes:
Southcentral informational handouts:
Safety in bear country:
Northern pike:
OEO/ADA statement:

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