Anchorage Fishing Report: Ship Creek Waiting On King Salmon Catches

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

A king salmon migrates up Ship Creek in the company of pink, chum and silver salmon. USFWS/Katrina Mueller

Anchorage Fishing Report

May 22, 2024

Freshwater Fishing


  • There have been no reports of king salmon at Ship Creek in 2024 yet. The first king salmon should be caught any day now. Fishing will be slow to start off the king salmon season.

Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden/Arctic Char

  • Spawning closures are in place for Campbell and Chester creeks. Both creeks closed to all sport fishing on April 15 and will remain closed through June 14 to protect spawning rainbow trout.

Local Lakes

  • Stocking is in full swing for Anchorage lakes. Try slowly stripping a wet fly or fishing small bait under a bobber to catch these freshly stocked fish. Rainbow trout fishing has been excellent at Cheney, Delong, and Jewel lakes.
  • Airstrip Pond and Tangle Pond in Portage Valley or Mirror Lake near Chugiak are great places to fish if you are looking to get out of Anchorage over Memorial Day weekend. All these lakes have been recently stocked with rainbow trout.
  • Fishing on base? Areas on Elmendorf and north of the Glenn Highway need a Department of Defense identification card (DoD ID) or to be accompanied by a person possessing a DoD ID. Additionally, you need to register and obtain a permit through RecAccess.

Special Species Information

Northern Pike

Northern pike are not native to Anchorage area lakes. Lower Fire Lake was treated for pike in the fall of 2022, and all pike were eradicated. If you catch a pike in any Anchorage area lake, do not release it and immediately report it here.

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 2024 sport fishing license and king stamp! You can purchase and display your fishing license and king stamp, record your annual harvest (i.e. king salmon), access sport fishing regulations and locations, and so much more on your mobile device. Download the ADF&G Mobile App today. You can also purchase licenses through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Make sure to review emergency orders, advisory announcements, and the 2024 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.

For additional information, please contact the Anchorage Area Office at (907) 267-2218.