According to Fish and Game, the Anchorage area will see improved salmon fishing from now into August. Pinks and Chums in small schools are beginning to appear throughout Turnagain Arm. Ship Creek, Bird Creek, Portage Creek and Ingram Creeks for pinks and chums. Silvers can occasionally be found throughout Turnagain Arm, but it’s still early for silvers in large schools. Silvers have also been rare in Campbell Creek.
Campbell Creek and Chester Creek (including Westchester and Eastchester lagoons) remain closed to the retention of rainbow trout. Catch-and-release of rainbow trout in the creeks is permitted.
Fish and Game suggests sharpening your bow hunting skills by taking aim at some northern pike. The arrow must be attached to the bow and you get to keep all the pike you catch.
Kenai Peninsula –
Sockeye salmon have been entering the Kenai River in droves and the fishing in the lower Kenai River downstream of Skilak Lake is excellent. Fish and Game has increased the sockeye bag limit to six per day. The bag limit in the Russian River is still at three per day.
Sockeye fishing at the Russian River continues to be very slow. Few fish are arriving and anglers would be wise to wait for the arrival of late-run salmon to the Russian River area, which may be some time next week.
If you process your catch on site, Fish and Game wants to remind you to cut or chop the carcass up into numerous pieces and throw the pieces into fast moving water.
Rainbow trout fishing on the Kenai has been rated excellent. But the water is exceptionally clear and methods may need to be adapted.
Lake fishing on the peninsula continues to be excellent.
Palmer/Mat-Su Valley –
Coho are arriving in Northern Cook Inlet streams, but fishing for them has been slow up to this point. Sockeye fishing is expected to be good at Cottonwood Creek this weekend.
Fishing has been good for rainbow trout on Parks Highway streams, but only fair for Dolly Varden and Arctic grayling.
There is no bag or possession limit and no closed season on pike in the area. However, wanton waste laws do apply, so be sure to use or donate to charity all the pike you harvest.
For more information, please go to www.adfg.alaska.gov and see their in-depth fishing reports.