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Alaska Department of Fish & Game's
Interior - Upper Copper & Susitna Rivers
Weekly Fishing Forecast


This report is reproduced from information provided by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Fairbanks 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) 459-7385.

DATE:  For Week of MAY 21, 2014 


  • The first opening for the Copper River Chitina Subdistrict will be on Saturday, June 7th at 12:01 am through Sunday June 8th at 11:59 pm. The next opening dates are Monday, June 9th at 12:01 am through Sunday, June 15th at 11:59 pm. The preliminary season schedule is based on the projected daily sonar counts at the Miles Lake sonar and is subject to change based on actual salmon escapement. If actual counts are below the projected counts, fishing time will be reduced. If actual counts are above the projected counts, fishing time will be increased accordingly.


  • The larger lakes which include Lake Louise, Susitna, Tyone, Paxson, and Crosswind Lakes are still covered in ice, and are expected to be this way for the next few weeks. When the ice starts to recede from shore fishing in these open water areas can be very productive. Fishing the larger lakes remains good for some time after ice out.


  • Catchable rainbow trout were stocked in most UCUS stocked lakes in 2013. Most of the stocked lakes in the UCUS area are ice free. Try Old Road and Round lakes, off the Lake Louise Road. Two Mile, and Three Mile Lakes along the Edgerton Highway, and Pippin Lake and Squirrel Creek Pit on the Richardson Highway were stocked with catchable rainbow trout in 2013. Arctic grayling were released in stocked lakes in the Lake Louise area in 2013 also. For the best rainbow trout fishing head out the McCarthy Road to Strelna, Silver, and Sculpin lakes which offer the best opportunity to catch more and a possibility to catch larger fish. Silver Lake was stocked with catchable rainbow trout in 2012 and again in 2013. These rainbows are transferred from Summit Lake in the Wrangell Mountains. Silver Lake has walk in access only, and fishing has been great. Peanut and Tolsona Mountain Lakes are also excellent lakes for rainbow trout, but an ATV is helpful to access them. These two lakes are not readily accessible to the road system and have been stocked in past years and receive little pressure. Tolsona, Tex Smith, Buffalo, Old Road, Round and Ryan lakes were stocked with catchable rainbow trout in 2013.


  • Arctic grayling can be found in most area streams. As the local creeks start to flow and warm this can be a good time to get out and do a little grayling fishing with family and friends. Most of the local streams offer a run of grayling for a short time as the fish head upstream to spawn. Fishing for grayling in Moose creek has been productive in the last weeks, but has slowed down. Many of the small lakes on the Lake Louise and Nabesna roads contain grayling populations. Long Lake and Jack Lake are good bets for grayling. Poplar Grove, and Sourdough Creek are also another option for grayling fishing in the spring.

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