Anchorage-Area Campbell Creek Open For Coho Fishing

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

August 03, 2022

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Freshwater Fishing

Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char

Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden fishing is open on many parts of the Campbell Creek and Chester Creek drainages. Water levels have come down and clarity has improved, but this may change over the coming weekend with more rain in the forecast. When conditions allow, anglers can have success for local trout by casting small spinners and spoons through deep pools or drifting nymph or egg imitation fly patterns.


  • Ship Creek has closed to the retention of king salmon. Coho salmon are making a good appearance in Ship Creek. The creek is now open 24 hours a day to sport fishing. Coho fishing has been good for many anglers, and more fish are being caught each tide. Slip bobber setups with salmon roe are a good option for targeting coho salmon and many anglers have reported early success using pink or orange spinners in size #3 to #5.
  • Bird Creek opened on Thursday, July 14 to fishing, except for king salmon. Bird Creek is always closed to king salmon fishing. Fishing has continued to improve. Both pinks and cohos have been reported getting caught in Bird Creek. Fishing around the incoming tide is a good option.
  • Portions of Campbell Creek opened to fishing for coho salmon on July 14 and will remain open until September 30. If you accidentally catch another species of salmon be sure to keep it in the water and release it quickly. Water levels on Campbell Creek have come down and quite a few silvers moved in with the rainfall. Now is a good time to get out and fish Campbell Creek for silvers and it should continue to see more fish moving in over the coming weeks. Fishing salmon roe with a slip bobber is a good option or casting spinners.

Local Lakes

  • Anchorage Bowl lakes are still fishing good! Recent rain has cooled off some the local lakes from summer high temperatures and has caused stocked fish to become more active.
  • Have a canoe, kayak, or small raft and looking to get just outside of Anchorage? Give Mirror or Beach lakes a try. Both lakes are stocked with rainbow trout and are fun options.
  • Campbell Point/Little Campbell Lake has been fishing great! Dry or streamer flies have been great options as well as small spinners. Using a raft or canoe in the lake is a good option though you can walk all around this lake and access different fishing spots from shore.
  • Dry flies in the evening make for some fun fishing. Small spinners are a great option right now as well. These should work well at many of the stocked lakes.
  • Symphony Lake opened to fishing on July 1. This is a great hike in and fish location with lots of Artic grayling fishing fun! Small spinners, dry flies, you name it, these fish will bite on them all!
  • Looking for information on Anchorage stocked lakes? Check out this publication which contains info such as how to access locations and bathymetric maps.
  • Check out the stocking webpage to find out when your favorite lake was last stocked.
  • Fishing on base? Just a reminder, you need to register with iSportsman and check with base personnel prior to fishing on JBER.
  • Northern pike is not native to Anchorage area lakes but there are some in Lower Fire Lake. If you catch a pike in any Anchorage area lake, please do not release it.

Emergency Orders

Please review the emergency orders and advisory announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip.

  • There are currently no emergency orders for the Anchorage management area.

Don’t forget to purchase your 2022 sport fishing license and king stamp! Purchase your 2022 sport fishing license and king stamp through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review emergency orders, advisory announcements, and the 2022 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.