Trout, Salmon Fishing Should Pick Up Around Anchorage Soon

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

Anchorage Fishing Report

June 09, 2022

Freshwater Fishing 

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. Anglers just have to wait one more week!


  • Ship Creek is open to king salmon fishing and a few more fish come in each day. Water levels are high and turbid right now due to snow melt but should be dropping in the coming weeks and improve fishing. Bait behind a spin-n-glow with extra weight is your best bet right now until the water comes down.
  • Remember from May 15 through July 13 Ship Creek is only open to fishing between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day.
  • In the Eagle River drainage, from the Bailey Bridge on Fort Richardson upstream to ADF&G markers in the Alaska State Parks Eagle River Campground king salmon fishing is open ONLY on the following remaining dates: June 11 – June 13, and June 18 – June 20. See page 46 of the Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary book for more details.
  • Bird Creek is currently closed to fishing.


  • Dipnetting for hooligan (smelt) in saltwater is closed.
  • Dipnetting for hooligan (smelt) opened April 1 and will remain open until June 15 in freshwaters. There is no bag or possession limit.
  • This is a personal use fishery and only Alaska residents can participate. No permit is required, but you do need a valid 2022 Alaska resident fishing license or ADF&G Permanent fishing license ID card with you.
  • Hooligan run timing is highly variable. At this point, very few hooligan are getting picked up at Twentymile River.
  • For your safety, and for the safety of others, please park well off the highway. Do not trespass on the railroad tracks or the railroad right-of-way. Please be respectful and take all your trash with you, don’t throw it on the ground. Please obey all signs and do not block the boat launch.
  • For additional information on dipnetting for hooligan see page 16 in the 2022 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.

Saltwater Fishing 


  • Dipnetting for hooligan in the saltwaters closed on May 31.

Local Lakes 

  • Anchorage Bowl lakes are still fishing good! With the cooler weather fishing should be good most of the day. If it warms back up it’s best to fish in the morning and evenings.
  • Have a canoe, kayak, or small raft and looking to get just outside of Anchorage? Give Mirror or Beach lakes a try. Rainbow trout were recently stocked in these lakes and are fun options.
  • Jewel and Sand lakes are also a fun fishing option right in town for shore fishing or better yet, dropping your raft into to catch some recently stocked fish.
  • Using dry flies in the evening makes for some fun fishing. Small spinners are a great option right now as well. These should work well at many of the stocked lakes.
  • Looking for information on Anchorage stocked lakes? Check out this publication with bathymetric maps and how to access locations.
  • 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 in before you head out.

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