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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 13 to August 19, 2014 

Emergency Orders and Regulation Reminders or Changes

  • All waters in the Anchorage Management Area are closed to king salmon fishing. Please immediately release any king salmon that is hooked while fishing for other species.
  • Bird Creek, from its mouth upstream to the ADF&G marker, is now open to fishing (except king salmon). The rest of the Bird Creek drainage remains closed to salmon fishing and the entire drainage is always closed to king salmon fishing.
  • Sections of Campbell Creek are open to fishing for silver salmon, but this creek remains closed to all other salmon fishing.
  • Ship Creek, from its mouth to the ADF&G marker near the Chugach Power plant dam, is open to fishing (except king salmon).
  • At Symphony Lake, the arctic grayling bag limit is 5 fish per day, 5 in possession, only 1 fish per day may be greater than 12 inches in length.
  • Sections of streams at the head of Turnagain arm are now closed to all fishing by regulation.

    For more details see the Southcentral Regulation.

    If you see any illegal fishing please call the Alaska State Troopers' Fish and Wildlife Protection office (269-5954 or 269-5541), or the Fish and Wildlife Safeguard "Report Poachers" hotline (1-800-478-3377) or the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Southcentral Region Information Center (267-2218).

Fresh Waters

  • Good numbers of pink and chum salmon have arrived to Turnagain Arm streams. Silver salmon fishing in these streams is still slow. It is a great time to continue working on the Five Salmon Family Challenge.
  • Sections of Campbell Creek are open for silver fishing, and fishing has been variable depending on the water level and water clarity. Silver salmon are present and fishing should be picking up. Sunny days will make fishing difficult so look for silver salmon hiding in deep holes or under cutbanks.
  • Silver salmon are still coming into Ship Creek in good numbers although fishermen say that fishing has been slow.
  • Bird Creek is open to salmon fishing (except king salmon). Fishermen are reporting good numbers of pink and chum salmon. The best fishing is on the flood and ebb tides. Be careful when fishing in bear country. We have had many reports of bears in this area.
  • Often silver salmon can be seen in the fisheries but are difficult to fair hook (i.e. inside the mouth). Rather than illegally snagging and hurting the fish it is recommended to vary your gear type or approach. A snagged fish must be immediately returned to the water unharmed and is less likely to be legally caught in the future.

Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling - Flowing Waters

  • Campbell Creek and Chester Creek have both been stocked with rainbow trout. Fishing should be good for rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. Trout are keying in on eggs from spawning salmon. Fishermen will improve their catches by using egg imitation patterns.

Lake Fishing

  • All Anchorage Area stocked lakes have been stocked with their second round of rainbow trout.
  • Anglers have been reporting better success early in the morning or later in the evening. During these periods the fish are more actively feeding although fish are still being caught throughout the day.
  • Fishermen have been doing well from the shore, but many fishermen are increasing their catches by getting away from the easily accessible parts of the lake by either using a canoe or float tube. If you do go out in a boat make sure to be safe and wear a life jacket. After boating and before you go into another lake or stream please help reduce the transmission of invasive species by cleaning, draining, drying, and decontaminating your boat and gear.
  • Fishermen are reporting good catches of rainbow trout in West Chester Lagoon using both bait below a bobber or spinners. West Chester Lagoon is part of the Chester Creek Drainage and is stocked with rainbow trout; therefore the limits for stocked waters apply. Chester Creek is closed to all salmon fishing
  • Symphony Lake is producing some nice grayling catches. This is a great option for a nice hike and fishing combination. Fishermen are reporting catching grayling by both fly and spinning tackle. Try fishing the outlet, many fish have a tendency to congregate in this area.

Northern Pike

  • Late evening or early morning hours are a good time to spear, or to shoot pike with bow and arrow. A reminder, if you are bow-hunting for pike, the arrow has to be attached to a string and the string to your bow.
  • Practice your bow hunting and spearing skills for pike at Lower Fire Lake and Otter Lake.
  • Try fishing 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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