Fishing Report Roundup! (May 13, 2017)

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The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.

May 6 – May 12 – Fishing has been good at most Mat-Su lakes. A lot of reports coming out of Finger Lake and Loberg Lake have included pictures of above average size rainbow trout. There is a 70% chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday so boat traffic may be light on popular lakes. 

May 7 – Reports out of Talkeetna said that boats needed to be walked from the launch to the main stem of the Talkeetna. While fishing for resident species has been decent, river conditions were less than ideal for running a boat up river. One experienced captain tangled with a rock garden that left him regretting his decision to run his boat up river.

May 8 – Mark Kufel and his son spent last weekend chasing rainbows and grayling on Valley streams and had a lot of success. Here are a few pictures shared to Highway 3 Angler’s Facebook page.

Fry, leech, and sculpin patterns are what fly anglers should be tying on if targeting resident species on Valley streams this weekend.

(ICYMI: Small Changes Equal Big Rewards – Guest Post by Ryan McCormick)

May 11: There were rumors that a 42-pound king salmon was caught on the Deshka River. While no picture or carcass was offered as proof, it is entirely possible. Deshka Landing finished installing a new gate and is open for business on Saturday, May 13. I anticipate seeing a picture of a king caught this weekend.

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Deshka Landing on May 12, 2017. Photo: Deshka Landing

May 12 – The Frontiersman’s Andy Couch reported on the expanded opportunities to catch a king salmon in the Valley, specifically the Deshka River, Eklutna Tailrace, and Little Su. “The first few king salmon will likely be taken from Valley locations during the week of May 8-14. Kings are the largest and first salmon to show up in the Mat-Su’s freshwater fisheries, but they are also the least abundant, and therefore king salmon harvest and bait fishing opportunities are limited. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game acknowledges three Mat-Su Valley freshwaters where sport fishing king salmon harvest opportunities will be expanded during the 2017 season.”

Salmon will be entering the rivers any day and we’re anticipating major news outlets publishing their first fishing reports of the season soon as well. We’ll break down the reports, pull excerpts related to the Mat-Su, and have them here in our weekly Fishing Report Roundup.

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