Southcentral fishing forecast


Matanuska Valley lakes +++++

Trout, grayling, landlocked salmon, pike

Fishing is good to excellent. Spawning trout are moving out of shoreline shallows and will be found in 4-10 feet of water. Fish most active in evening and morning.

Willow area lakes +++++

Trout, grayling, pike

Lynne and Honeybee lakes should be serving up decent action for rainbow trout. Lynne also offers arctic char. Try pike fishing early in the morning, late in the evening.

Sheep Creek ++

Trout, grayling, king salmon

A few early king salmon have reportedly begun to appear at the mouth. Salmon fishing will likely be hit or miss this weekend as runs build.

Montana Creek +++

Trout, grayling

Stream levels are dropping and trout are being caught. It's early for kings, but midweek reports have them as far north as Kashwitna River.

Little Susitna River ++

King salmon, rainbows

Anglers pulling large plugs and Spin-N-Glos are having the best luck as river levels remain high. This fishery could bust open by the weekend.

Willow Creek ++

King salmon, trout, grayling

Expect slow fishing for another week or two. Stream levels are falling; trout anglers might try fishing Wooly Buggers or Bunny Flies in purple, black or white. Smolt or Muddler patterns are also good bets.

Eklutna Tailrace +

King salmon

Anglers report very low water and slow fishing.


Deshka River ++

King salmon, trout, grayling

Salmon fishery is off to a slow start, but it finally saw life Tuesday as 82 fish were counted swimming past the weir -- the biggest daily count of the season. Fishing hours are 6 a.m.-11 p.m., and kings may only be retained on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

Lake Creek +

King salmon, rainbows

A few fish could be trickling in this weekend, but red-hot fishing remains a couple of weeks away

Talkeetna River +++

Rainbow trout, Dollies, grayling

Fishing for big rainbows should be fair to good depending upon river levels and clarity.


Twentymile River +++++


Dipnetting for these salty smelt in saltwater closed May 31, but it's open in freshwater until June 15.

Local lakes +++++

Trout, graying, char, pike, salmon

Fishing should be excellent this weekend. The usual offerings -- spinners, night crawlers, shrimp and flies -- will catch char and trout.

Ship Creek +++

King salmon, Dollies

Kings are being caught on the incoming tides. Look for fair to good fishing this weekend. Save on gas and fish close to home. The Slam'n Salm'n Derby starts June 12 and ends June 21.


Deep Creek ++

King salmon, Dollies

Opens 12:01 a.m. Saturday for three days. Fish and Game reports fishing has been slow. Try using cured salmon roe or herring.

Ninilchik River ++

King salmon, Dollies

On same opening as Deep Creek for three-day weekend. This weekend should be fair to good fishing.

Homer Spit ++

King salmon

A portion of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon will be open to anglers ages 15 and under on Saturday from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Anglers last weekend reported mixed results.

Anchor River

King salmon, Dollies

King salmon fishery will be closed to sport fishing at 12:01 a.m., Saturday through June 30 at 11:59 p.m. As of Tuesday, only 219 had passed the weir -- about 2,300 less than the average number.

Kasilof River ++

King salmon, Dollies

Fishing has started off fair to slow, by most accounts. With salmon runs builing, expect action to improve this weekend.

Upper Kenai River


Closed to all fishing from Skilak to Kenai Lake until June 11.

Lower Kenai River ++

King salmon

King salmon fishery remains slow, though the run is picking up with 2,117 fish counted as of Tuesday. Keep your fingers crossed.

Clam Gulch ++++

Razor clams

Minus tides starting today at minus 0.2 and ending Tuesday at minus 0.5 in the Deep Creek District. Diggers remember to buy a fishing licence first.


Outside Resurrection Bay ++++

Halibut, rockfish

East of the bay anglers are bringing back 20-30 pounders. Check the weather report before heading out.

Resurrection Bay +++

Salmon, halibut, rockfish, cod

A few kings have been caught off the beaches. Try the culverts at Lowell Creek Falls and near the SeaLife Center on the incoming tide.

Deep Creek offshore ++++

King salmon, halibut

Halibut fishing in near-shore areas should be good to excellent this weekend. King salmon troll fishery has been fair in Lower Cook Inlet and poor from Stariski Creek north.

Prince William Sound ++++

Halibut, shrimp, rockfish

Good weather means good fishing for halibut anglers. Look around Knight and Montague islands.

Kachemak Bay ++++

King salmon, halibut, rockfish

Halibut are being caught in waters 60 feet deep and less around Homer Bluffs. Point Pogibshi is turning out good catches in 100 to 200 feet. Salmon trollers report slow fishing in Seldovia and Halibut Cove.