Southcentral first-rate fishing spots before Fourth of July
Streams in the Anchorage Bowl are open. Important: Remember to look at the regulations to see if the 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. Ship Creek is producing hatchery kings that you are allowed to keep, and the water has dropped and cleared up a lot. That is good for fishing and many anglers are hooking up lately. Lake fishing for rainbow trout has been good this past week. All day long should be good rainbow fishing.
IMPORTANT: There are many new EMERGENCY ORDERS for the area regarding king salmon fishing on the Susitna and Little Susitna rivers, as well as their 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.
Streams in the Valley are receding and clearing up. They are getting more and more fishable each day. The lakes in the Valley have great fishing for trout, grayling and char. The pike bite has slowed down a little, but it is still very good in the lakes that have pike. Eklutna Tailrace is open for king salmon fishing and kings are being landed there.
King salmon fishing has been picking up especially on the north side of the Bay. There have been good catches of rockfish on the boats that have made it out to the Gulf on days when the wind didn't stop those longer runs. Halibut fishing is also heating up in Cook Inlet deeper waters. Lingcod opens on July 1.
The ocean is calming down and boats have been getting out to the fishing grounds. Some silver salmon have been seen. Rockfishing has been hit or miss. King salmon fishing is good at Montague Island. Fishing for sockeye salmon at the mouth of Resurrection River has slowed down some more. And Resurrection Bay freshwater and saltwater sockeye bag limits have increased. Lingcod opens July 1.
The Russian River Sanctuary is open for sport fishing. Fishing for sockeye in the Russian River area has slowed down but you can still get them there. Trout fishing in Cooper Landing is fair to good. The Kasilof River is getting better but is slow for kings (highly restricted, see regulations) and spotty for sockeye salmon. 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. 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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