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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 SEPTEMBER 4, 2013

Emergency Orders, In-season Regulation Changes and Regulations reminders

  • By emergency order Fish Creek has been liberalized to fishing 7 days per week. Sport fishing in Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks remains open only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Anglers are reminded that sport fishing is only allowed in all of these waters from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. The bag and possession limit for salmon, other than king salmon, 16 inches or greater in length remains at three per day and in possession, of which all three may be coho salmon, in the waters of Fish Creek, Cottonwood Creek, and Wasilla Creek.
  • Only catch and release fishing for rainbow trout and grayling is allowed year-round on Montana Creek. On Willow Creek, rainbow trout are catch-and-release only downstream of the Parks Highway.
  • Keep in mind that single-hook, no bait restrictions are in place for many of the flowing waters.

  • The best success for coho salmon this time of year comes from the Talkeetna River and nearby streams, such as Sunshine and Rabideux creeks.
  • Willow Creek, Montana Creek and the Eklutna Power Plant tailrace also usually see late silvers trickling in through mid-September.
  • In early September, silvers can be found in the tributaries and sloughs of the Yentna and Skwentna rivers. Most anglers try at Moose, Indian, Bottle, or Hewitt creeks. Expect slow fishing conditions.

Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling

  • Rainbow trout fishing should be good to excellent well into freeze up. Trout may be found mingled in with spawning coho salmon during the last two weeks of September. Later, when waters do drop, target trout in deeper holes and near and below the mouths of streams draining into the Susitna. Try large flesh flies and sculpin patterns.

Northern Pike
  • Pike fishing success will continue to improve until freeze up.
  • For road-accessible pike fishing, try Nancy Lake, Big Lake, Anderson Lake, or lakes in the Nancy Lake Canoe System, such as Phoebe, Little No Luck, South Rolly, Ardaw, Echo, Candlestick, and Red Shirt lakes.
  • For fly-in pike fishing try Alexander, Eightmile, Trapper, Flathorn and Sucker lakes.

  • With the cooler temperatures of fall approaching, Mat-Su Valley lakes provide excellent fishing as fish become much more active, and feed in shallower water.
  • In the Palmer/Wasilla area, Lorraine, Carpenter, Knik, Lucille, Kepler, Rocky, and Echo lakes are stocked with rainbow trout.
  • Lakes stocked with landlocked salmon are Matanuska, Finger, Beverly, Loberg and Klaire.
  • Arctic char are stocked in Benka, Finger, Irene, Long, Lynne, Marion, Matanuska, Prator, and Seventeenmile lakes.
  • Along the Glenn Highway northeast of Palmer, Lower Bonnie, Seventeenmile, Slipper, Long, Ravine, Weiner, Knob and North Knob lakes all have rainbow trout.
  • If it's Arctic grayling you're looking for, try Bruce, Canoe, Reed, Finger, Florence, Knik, Meirs, Lorraine and Kepler/Bradley lakes.

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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