Fishing is good on Anchorage lakes. Most of the fish found in Anchorage are planted. Rainbow trout, grayling and landlocked-salmon can be found. King salmon can also be found in Anchorage in Ship Creek, which is producing multiple king salmon a day. A 30-pound king was caught in Ship Creek earlier this spring.

TIP: When fishing the lakes, try fishing during the warmest parts of the day when fish move into the shallows to feed. For Ship Creek king salmon, fish two hours before and two hours after high tide!


(Credit: Alaska Lakes Guide Service)

Fishing is good in the Mat-Su Valley lakes for rainbow trout and char. The pike bite is ON for some lakes, like Big Lake. Large pike, in the range of 40” to 50,” have been caught in the past week. If you are fishing the roadside rivers, streams and creeks, there are some challenges. Due to snowmelt and recent rain, these waterways are very high and dirty.

This condition is known as “blown-out” and makes for slow and possibly dangerous fishing. Fishing is slow for King Salmon on the larger rivers like the Little Susitna. Eklutna Tailrace is also slow for kings, as it's still a little early in the season.

The Deshka River is producing some king salmon action. Remember, you must use a single hook, artificial lures or flys only and it's catch and release.

Kenai Peninsula

Roadside Lakes are fishing pretty-good for rainbows. The Upper Kenai River and portions of the Middle Kenai River are closed until June 11. King salmon fishing on Kasilof River is slow and there have been a few red salmon spotted. Anchor River, Ninilchik River and Deep Creek are closed for king salmon fishing until July 15, under an emergency order due to low salmon numbers.


Captain Dave of DeepStrike SportFishing

King salmon fishing goes up and down. From relatively slow to good with lots of 10 lb to 20 lb feeders being caught on the good days.

Halibut fishing is picking up with some bigger fish getting landed

Rockfish are pretty good, according to some captains, who say fisherman have had "no complaints"

Seward, Resurrection Bay, North Gulf Coast

Halibut fishing is okay to good with some 100-pound fish being caught. When it's calm and the boats can get out farther, it's best. And, fishing for rockfish is also good. The Halibut Derby just started!

Before you head out to wet your line, remember to check the regulations for the specific piece of water you will be working. 

You also need to check for any EMERGENCY ORDERS that have been issued.

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