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Alaska Department of Fish & Game's
Matanuska - Susitna Valley
Weekly Fishing Forecast


This report is reproduced from information provided by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Palmer 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) 746-6300.

DATE:  For the week of August 13 to August 19, 2014

Emergency Orders, In-season Regulation Changes and Regulations reminders

  • Sport fishing on Fish Creek will be liberalized to 7 days per week beginning 6:00 a.m., Thursday, August 14, 2014. Sport fishing in Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks remains open only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Anglers are reminded that sport fishing is allowed in all of these waters only from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.
  • A new youth-only fishery, at the Eklutna Tailrace from the confluence with the Knik River, up-stream to the pedestrian bridge, will be open to anglers age 15 and younger on Saturday, August 16 from 6am-6pm.

  • The bag and possession limit for coho (silver) salmon 16 inches or greater in length is increasing from two per day to three per day in those waters of Fish Creek, Cottonwood Creek, and Wasilla Creek open to salmon fishing. Mondays are also added to these weekend-only fisheries, allowing fishing to occur on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. These changes go into effect 6:00 a.m., August 9, 2014. Anglers are reminded that sport fishing is only allowed in these waters from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Jim Creek, including all waters downstream to the Knik River and continuing downstream on the Knik River to within 100 yards of its confluence with Bodenburg Creek is closed to sport fishing for any species on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning August 11.

  • Bait is now allowed in many - but not all - Susitna River tributaries. Check for exceptions to the general regulations before heading out.

  • Wasilla Creek is open to fishing for salmon, other than king salmon, from its mouth upstream to the Alaska Railroad bridge; and Cottonwood Creek from its mouth upstream one mile. Motorized watercraft may not be used on Wasilla Creek on Saturday and Sundays, July 15 - August 15.
  • Coho salmon 16 inches or longer once removed from fresh water must be retained and become part of the bag limit of the person who originally hooked the fish. A person may not remove a coho salmon 16 inches or longer from the water before releasing it.

  • Chum and pink salmon fishing in the Talkeetna River drainage is good to excellent. Numbers of coho are increasing daily; fishing should improve through the weekend.
  • Fishing at the Eklutna Tailrace is fair to good. Early morning fishing has been the most productive.
  • Little Su coho fishing remains good. Anglers are filling daily bag limits. Bait is now allowed.
  • Coho fishing has been fair at the Deshka River.
  • Coho fishing should be good to excellent in Wasilla Creek/Rabbit Slough, Cottonwood Creek and Fish Creek this weekend.
  • Coho fishing on Yentna River tributaries is fair. Aside from Lake Creek, be sure to try other Yentna tributaries and sloughs such as Moose and Indian Creeks.
  • On the west side of Cook Inlet, coho fishing should be good this week.

Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling

  • Fishing for rainbow trout on Parks Highway streams from Willow Creek north to and including Talkeetna is excellent. Stream levels are low and clear.
  • Try fishing egg and flesh fly patterns as rainbow trout are now targeting king eggs and beginning to feed on king carcasses; don't forget the occasional leech or sculpin pattern.

Northern Pike
  • Pike can be taken using spears, bow-and-arrow (the arrow must be attached to the bow by a line) bait, spinning tackle, and fly-fishing gear. Pike fishing can slow considerably with warmer water temperatures. Try top-water, weedless lures and flies in heavily vegetated bays and sloughs. Herring suspended under a bobber is a surefire bet.
  • 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.
  • For road-accessible pike fishing try the Nancy Lake Recreation Area lakes and Big, Prator, Memory lakes.
  • Pike are also present in the lakes, ponds and sloughs of the Susitna River drainage. Boat- accessible locations for pike fishing include the Deshka River, Fish Creek, Flathorn Lake, Hewitt Lake, Fish Creek (Kroto Slough), Moose Creek (Yentna River), and Alexander Creek.
  • For fly-in pike fishing try Alexander, Eightmile, Trapper, Flathorn and Sucker lakes.

  • In the Palmer/Wasilla area Irene, Kepler-Bradley, Echo, Meirs, and Knik lakes are stocked with rainbow trout.
  • Further north on the Parks Highway, North Rolly, Rhein, Christiansen, South Friend, and "Y" lakes have rainbow trout.
  • Arctic char are stocked in Echo, Long Lake (mile 86), Matanuska, and Seventeenmile lakes.
  • Along the Glenn Highway northeast of Palmer, Seventeenmile, Long, Ravine, Weiner, and Wishbone lakes all have rainbow trout.
  • If it's Arctic grayling you're looking for, try, Canoe, Finger, Meirs, and Lorraine lakes.
  • Visit our stocked lakes web page at this address for driving directions, stocking up-dates, and more information: D=7

Recorded weekly fishing reports from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for other areas in the state can be reached by calling:
267-2515 in Anchorage
262-2737 in Soldotna
235-6930 in Homer.

Helpful Links

Area webpage:
Salmon and trout identification pages:
Sonar estimates/weir counts:
Kenai River in season data summaries: not yet available
River levels:
Lake stocking:
Maps to stocked lakes:
Southcentral informational handouts:
Safety in bear country:
Northern pike:
OEO/ADA statement:

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