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Memorial Day weekend fishing report

By KTVA CBS 11 News 7:36 PM May 22, 2014

On this week’s Get Out: Fishing Report, Carlos Faura and local fishing expert Tony Weaver go to DeLong Lake in the Anchorage Bowl. They not only get on some fish, but get stuck in a part of the lake that looks pretty safe and “fishy” too. Even though these lakes are smack dab in the middle of Anchorage, and look so picturesque, the outdoor adventure you can find there requires caution. Tony and Carlos also have the latest fishing report from around Southcentral Alaska. Enjoy.

Tony Weaver’s fishing report for the Memorial Day weekend:

Anchorage

  • Ship Creek is still slow for kings — next big tides should bring fish.
  • Local lakes have been stocked, so fishing is good. Morning and evenings are the best times to fish.
  • Local creeks are still closed to protect spawning rainbow trout.
  • Twenty Mile hooligan dip netting has been reportedly picking up.

Mat-Su

  • A few kings reportedly caught at mouth — no bait single hook restriction in effect.
  • Valley lakes are productive for trout. Try the Kepler-Bradley Complex and Nancy Lake area for pike.
  • Parks Highway stream fishing reportedly fair to good for trout. Smolt, flesh and sculpin flies should work best.

Seward

  • Fishing for Halibut and Rockfish is good.
  • King salmon fishing is good — downriggers a must!
  • Red salmon are starting to show at the north end of Resurrection Bay.

Whittier

  • Fishing for halibut has reportedly been good near Montague Straight.
  • Rockfish catch has been good.
  • Whale watching has been great in Prince William Sound.

Kenai Peninsula

  • Lower Peninsula Anchor, Ninilchik, Deep Creek are open for weekend fishing should be fair
  • Offshore Anchor Marine and Deep Creek halibut and king fishing should be fair to good.
  • Few kings have shown up in the Kasilof River.

Homer

  • Halibut fishing has been fair, with larger fish moving to shallower summer water.
  • Halibut Jackpot Derby started May 15. Tickets are still available.
  • King fishing has been fair to good with a few large spawner fish. It’s best to try trolling at different depths until you find fish.

Tony Weaver has spent 40-plus years fishing in Alaska. He’s also a photographer and author of “Topwater: Flyfishing the Last Frontier Alaska.” He currently writes for ADN and can be seen on OLN’s program “Alaska Outdoors.” 

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