Fishing guide for the first weekend of summer
Streams in the Anchorage Bowl have opened. Important: Remember to look at the regulations to see which part of the stream you want to fish is open, for which species of fish, and which part is closed and what tackle is allowed. The Campbell Creek Youth-Only King Salmon Fishery is this weekend. It takes place between Dimond Blvd and the Old Seward Highway from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m on Saturday and Sunday and is open to kids 15 years and younger.
No license or king salmon stamp is needed but a Harvest Record Card is required. Make sure read the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations before you head out to the creek.
Ship Creek is producing hatchery kings that you are allowed to keep, but with the high and fast water you have to work for the fish. Lake fishing for rainbow trout has been good this past week.
IMPORTANT: There are many new EMERGENCY ORDERS for the area regarding king salmon fishing on the Susitna River and its tributaries and the Little Susitna and its tributaries. Basically the Susitna River and Little Susitna drainages are closed to king salmon fishing. There is also an emergency order closing the Yentna subsistence fishery on the Upper Yentna located in the mainstem of the Yentna River from Martin Creek upstream to the confluence with the Skwentna River from 4 a.m. Monday, June 25 through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018.
Streams in the Mat-Su are high, and murky from the recent rain and snowmelt. People are catching some trout and grayling, but you have to work for them. The good news is that the streams are starting to drop fast and, barring some significant rain this week, should be in better shape this weekend. The lakes in the Mat-Su have great fishing. Lots of trout, grayling and char are being taken. Huge pike are still being caught in the lakes that have them. Eklutna Tailrace is still open for king salmon fishing and the action is picking up there.
High wind and rough seas have kept the boats fishing the bay so King Salmon fishing has been spotty. Some days boats get 5 or 6 kings, the next day none. There have been good catches of black rockfish and yelloweye rockfish, but halibut fishing has been good. On Tuesday, a 100-pound halibut was taken in 26 feet of water near Anchor Point.
The weather has not allowed boats to get outside to go halibut fishing out there and they have been picking up a few halibut inside. It looks like the ocean is calming down and boats will be able to get out there this weekend. Some silver salmon have been spotted. Rockfishing has been good. King salmon fishing is marginal, with some boats getting two or three fish a day. Fishing for sockeye salmon at the mouth of Resurrection River has slowed down from the spectacular sessions of last week. And Resurrection Bay freshwater and saltwater sockeye bag limits have increased.
The Russian River Sanctuary has opened early for sport fishing. Fishing for sockeye has been good to excellent in the Russian River area. Trout fishing in Cooper Landing is fair, but you have to work for them. Lakes in the area are fishing fair to good. Fishing for king salmon of any size is under an EMERGENCY ORDER and is not allowed from the mouth of the Kenai River upstream to the ADF&G regulatory marker at the outlet of Skilak Lake.
Effective 12:01 a.m. July 1 through 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018, this sport fishery is restricted to no bait allowed on the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek.
This sport fishing regulation restriction is in conjunction with the Kenai River early-run king salmon sport fishing closure issued on June 18, 2018.
There is also an EMERGENCY ORDER on the Kasilof River. No harvesting of naturally produced fish is allowed. Only hatchery produced fish 20 inches or longer can be kept -- and even then, the limit is one fish. Another EMERGENCY ORDER has closed Anchor River, Deep Creek and Ninilchik River to king salmon fishing for now. There are special regulations as to the gear and terminal tackle that can be used so reading the regulations and EMERGENCY ORDERS is mandatory before you head out to go fishing.
Rockfishing is good and so is the halibut fishing. As always, the weather has to be good so the boats can head out to the spots a bit farther out where the good fishing is. There have been quite a few 50-pound to 100-pound halibut taken recently. Chum salmon and sockeye salmon are starting to show up as well.
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