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Current Sport Fishing Report

May 19, 2009

Emergency Orders and regulation reminders

  • Remember, it is your responsibility to check the 2009 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary before going fishing.

  • Deshka River anglers may not use bait and may only retain king salmon on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. King salmon caught Tuesdays through Fridays may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. This emergency order affects all waters of the Deshka open to king salmon fishing, including the first 17 miles of river and all waters within a ½-mile radius of the mouth. Remember, fishing hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. only.

  • Anglers are reminded that flowing waters in the Palmer-Wasilla Zone are CLOSED to all fishing until June 15.

  • Many flowing waters along the Parks Highway are catch-and-release only for rainbows until June 15.

  • Alexander Creek and all waters within a ½-mile radius of the mouth are closed to king salmon fishing.

  • Before fishing for king salmon, remember most anglers must also purchase a king salmon stamp. All harvested king salmon 20 inches or longer must be recorded immediately on the back of your fishing license, or on a harvest record card for anglers younger than 16 or in possession of a permanent license.

Fresh waters


  • The Susitna River is completely ic-free. Boaters should check conditions thoroughly before planning trips and proceed cautiously when launching and navigating the Susitna.

  • Some king salmon are normally caught during this week and over this next weekend. 

  • No kings have been reported caught in the Eklutna Power Plant Tailrace, but a few should start trickling in toward the end of May. The gate to the parking area is now open. Don’t expect good fishing until the first week in June.

Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling

  • The mouths of the Parks Highway streams including Willow Creek and streams to the north should provide some action for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic grayling, and perhaps an occasional early king salmon. Rainbows are starting to move around as waters rise and warm. Try the mouths and lower sections of these streams.

  • Reminder, Deception Creek is closed to all fishing until June 14.

Northern Pike

  • Northern pike may be found in shallow grassy waters where they are spawning. At this time, many pike have finished spawning and are beginning to feed aggressively while still in the shallows. Don’t forget to try a weedless leech. This is also a good time to try bow fishing.

  • Anglers may retain as many pike as they catch – there is no bag or possession limit (Alexander Lake is the only exception to this regulation). 

  • For road-accessible pike fishing try the Nancy Lake Recreation Area lakes, Prator and Memory lakes. 

Lake Fishing

  • The “2009 Mat-Su Valley Lake Fishing Forecast,” which provides information on lake access and fishing hotspots is available at the Palmer and Anchorage Fish and Game offices, as well as on our Web pages under “Publications.”

  • Fishing should be good to excellent in most Valley lakes. Lake fishing is an excellent transition back into the summer season for anglers of all ages.

  • Excellent grayling fishing was reported again at Canoe Lake this week.

  • For Arctic Char, try Echo, Matanuska, Memory and Seventeenmile lakes.

  • For Arctic grayling, try Canoe, Knik, Meirs and Reed lakes.

  • For a wide variety of fish, try Finger Lake.

  • Good rainbow fishing on Long Lake (Kepler/Bradley Complex). Only unbaited, single-hook artificial lures are allowed, and no retention of rainbow trout is allowed. Dark fly patterns are working well.

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